I had a terrible nights sleep last night, I think I was over stimulated by yesterday's events but I made myself get up so i could go to the temple for the morning teachings. After the teachings, kim and i decided to do some shopping, we went away from all the t ouristy places and found the locals area and enjoyed looking at all the produce and spices. The best thing about this area is that you aren't harassed by the locals trying to sell you something. We found a little man that sold the traditional Indian tunic and pants set for only 250 rupees, these were selling for double that in the other sections of town so we were feeling very chuffed with ourselves. We then had to find a tailor to sew it for us after a bit of asking around we found a very serious guy who took our measurements, charged us another 250 rupees and said it would be ready tomorrow. His offsider seemed s bit concerned that the outfits we had chosen were for a wedding but I reassured him that no one in Australia would mind and that I was already married. We got our receipt from the tailor and it says delivery date was the 4th so after trying to communicate to him that we were leaving on the 4th and would need it in the morning we were 50% sure he understood. Luckily when we walked out we spotted Narboo and asked him to translate for us. In return we helped him post some post cards for Venerable Nam Dag. Now posting post cards would not seem a big deal, however doing anything I India is never as simple as you would think. We had to paste the stamps on the post cards with a little glue pot and brush.
There is a lot of dust, smoke and pollution in the air and so kim and i were thirsty and invited Norboo to join us we ordered a snack and a drink and sat and talked for so long we ended up ordering lunch.
After lunch we met up with another lady from the group Linda and did some shopping for those lovely cotton tunic type tops, it is an interesting way to shop as you sit down while they show you a bunch of stuff they think you might like. I got about 5 or 6 tops for $10-12 each so i was happy and read to go and rest for a while. We came back to the hotel and i read and chatted to kim before Julie joined us to use our hotspot. While she was doing that I had a shower and washed my half and when I came out kat was asking us to go for a walk and she had a surprise for us.
I am a sucker for a surprise so off I went with her, we were soon joined by some lovely young Indian guys who were charming and funny and seemed to be in cahoots with kat and the surprise. After going down back streets, past livestock and through some narrow alleyways we come to this small building called the Elizabeth orphanage and were invited inside. In this very primitive building live 32 orphans and they were the most delightful children. We sat with them and listened to them sing a song and kat told us she was going to buy them some rice and we are going to talk to the group about donating the extra 35 blankets to them as well.
It was a lovely experience and i was so grateful to Kat's get up and go for allowing us to be a part of it.
We wanted to go to the temple at night and see how beautiful the lights were and you can see in the photos how stunning it is. We went down near the Bodhi tree and i sat down next to this monk and i could fee this incredible energy coming from him and then I noticed that people were bowing to him and when we saw a western person do the same kim asked who it was and he is apparently a bit of a big deal in the area but we haven't found out anymore about him.
After the temple we met up with a few people and had dinner and packed up the leftovers in plastic bags and on our way back to the hotel we very subtly gave them to a couple of beggars that were crippled from polio. We then went for a walk to a sweet shop and i bought some chocolate and a few of the local sweets which I then gave one to our doorman who is the sweetest man.
Another wonderful day in India but am feeling a bit homesick today as well. Not long left of this trip so am going to make the most of it.