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Nalanda

We had a bit of a sleep in and lazed around the hotel room until almost 8which was nice after the big day we had yesterday.after breakfast we were back on the dreaded bus for a trip to ragjir hill and nalanda monostary.there was some sort of miscommunication as we went straight to nalanda and instead of it taking 1 hr it took 3 we have no idea why we keep believing narbu lol...seriously though he is great fun and me,kat and kim have really bonded with him.
There was a bit of excitement when we spotted one of the workers trying to get a cobra out of the grass, he ended up getting it, bashing it on the head and flciking it -was her excitng!
Nalanda was interesting but not really our thing, kim and i ditched the group so that kim could buy some bracelets for jade, we told narbu we were going and to keep it a secret and then dodged and weaved Indiana Jones style to get out the gates, I couldn't stop laughing the whole time.
Once again kim and i were asked if we could be in photos we decided it must be because they can tell we are awesome, either that or they can tell we are silly enough to do anything.
My favourite thing about India is talking to the locals they are so lovely and happy to have a chat, when they find out you are from Australia they want to talk about cricket which is a bit of a worry for me as I don't know much about cricket. One guy today told me Alan border is the best and i said my husband thinks the same. While I was waiting for kim to buy her bracelets I said oh it is hot I could do with a fan and this guy said come, come and led me into his shop where he had the ceiling fan on! He was so pleased with himself and it certainly made me happy as it is quite hot here..reminds me of cairns in autumn. There were a lot of beggars at nalanda and many of them were children, they were very cute and you really would love to buy them a treat but you just can't as you would be swamped by a crowd and it is not good to encourage them. This one little girl had the greatest smile and was very persistant and i was smiling at her and saying no no and she saw the bus coming to get us and so with a big smile she said to me oh here is your bus goodbye lol really wish I could have given her something :(
We didn't get to stop at ragjir hill which is a shame as we took too long at nalanda am really over being on a bus and am happy we won't see one now until the last two days of the trip.
We had dinner at the hotel and after dinner norbu too, us for a walk around the block to buy some sweets which were very yummy, bodhgaya is not as safe as Dharamshala so we will probably only explore it during the day.
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Posted by sonya13 09:53 Archived in India

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