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A few disasters...

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After the rather traumatic end to our evening last night, we felt that a lie in was in order so skipped the sunrise boat ride on the Ganges this morning.

Today we visited the silk weavers. We were shown into some of the buildings where scarves, shawls, sarees etc were being made. Unfortunately half of the workshops were shut because of Diwali. Still interesting to see some of it though. Then into the shop! We were there a long long time! Boredom soon set in. We were shown bedsheets, table runners, sarees, pashminas, shawls and about a million other things!!! We did get to try on sarees though which was fun! We looked super elegant!

Once we'd had our MacDonalds fix we headed back to the hotel (the staring from all the men in the mall we went to was a bit much for us to cope with today)! Unfortunately, our cycle rickshaw driver didn't really know where our hotel was so we got lost! Of course we had no idea where we were or where we were going so were of no use whatsoever. Luckily some random man in the street came to our rescue and managed to direct our driver to the hotel!

The next fail of the day was in our running out of toiletries...and all the shops selling toiletries being closed for Diwali! Oops!!

The penultimate fail of the day was dinner. It took an hour and a half just to get drinks...never a good sign. Then when the food came it was cold or undercooked (luckily Jo was checking so we didn't accidentally eat undercooked chicken)!!

And the final fail of the day was the hotel "running out" of wi-fi tokens! Bad bad bad when its Jo's mum's birthday and she needed to call home. We had a minor argument with the hotel staff before giving up. But our friends Felix and Sarah came to the rescue...they had some wi-fi that Jo was able to use!! Hurrah!

A few drinks in the roof garden ended the day on a high!

Tam xx

Posted by Tam-Jo 05:56 Archived in India Tagged varanasi

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Thanks go to Felix and Sarah! Our phone call made my birthday, Jo! Thanks for trying to hard to make it possible - especially after the day you'd had! Love Mum xxxx

by Mum and Dad (Ven)

Your adventures sound like they are getting more and more mental!! Hope you are keeping safe.

Amazed you havent bought more of the delights on offer over there,I think i'd need to take several spare rucksacks to carry all my new things :o) xx

by Bobbington

You both write so well, have been both horrified and chuckling at the same time, you're having an amazing journey. Keep safe. Lotsa love from a chilly -1 Scotland, Tracey.xx

by Tracey

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