Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Dhaka to Kolkata
It is lovely to be in India again, but the journey was not so great. What should have been a 12 hour bus journey - took 16 hours! Luckily, I have recently been able to sleep anywhere so it is all a bit hazy. The border crossing was hillarious - it was like a Monty Python sketch, being pulled this way and that - they even ushered me through without an arrival stamp, it was only back on the bus that I realised and went back and insisted they give me one.
Kolkata is beautiful, for some reason I had it in my head that it was horrid - but it is leafy and a nice level of busy and there is an excellent bookshop. I just had a major splurge on dinner at a place well known by tourists called Flurry's - chocolate mud pie! Brilliant!
Tomorrow I am going to a market where they sell secondhand saris. I will be accompanied by another producer of People Tree's called Sasha. The market opens at 2am and closes at 8am, so I am being picked up at the ungodly hour of 6am - better be worth it.