The Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker………
This was what it felt like today in our new house because there were a lot of men I have never met before coming in and out. They were all being helpful in one way or another. Some of them did not speak English – so I am not sure what they were doing. I took a shower while they were here and that was very weird. (No, not a shower in front of them – just while they were here – I was behind two locked doors.) One of them was delivering boxes, one was making (a very yummy) lunch, one was available to drive us somewhere or anywhere, and one was working on the plumbing. There were a couple of others and I honestly do not know why they were here – we might be the new animals at the zoo – I am just not sure.
Here is some of what we did today – we were mostly in the car – so I don’t have a lot of pictures. I promise to do better. You will want to see Delhi – it is a beautiful mix of calm in the middle of a lot of craziness.
We drove by the American Embassy. The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. is fashioned after the American Embassy in Delhi. I like the embassy better. It has more personality. School was getting out when we went by. Kids from over 50 countries will go to school with my kids. That is exciting.
I thought I saw two women sweeping the side of the curb today. I was wrong. They were painting the curb with white paint – they were applying the paint with brooms – brooms that made me think of the witch in Snow White – spindly and bare. It was fascinating.
There are A LOT of people here and it is crowded. Driving is pure insanity. I am absolutely amazed that we did not see any accidents. There are lines in the road and they mean absolutely nothing. Our driver (softly) honked his horn several times and I am unclear why. But we did not get into any accidents.
I have no idea what this is. But it looked neat and caught our attention – so you get to see it too.
The buses are crazy crowded. And yet, most of the people on them were smiling.
There are also auto-rickshaws. They have motors in them so the driver does not have to pedal. If they are green and yellow it means they run on clean gas. Most of them are green and yellow.
I saw a lot of people sitting in the parks. Quite a few men were taking naps in the middle of the park. They just laid down on the grass and hit slumber land.
McDonalds delivers. They do not serve beef – but anything else they will bring to your door.
The New York Times costs $160 per month to be delivered every day. We will be reading it online.
I saw a little boy spit a lugee into his own hat and then laugh so hard he almost fell over. It was disgusting but he could not wait to show is friend how funny he was. He seemed very poor and smelled like urine. He wanted very much for Bear to share his new slingshot with him.
Most of the signs here are in English as well as Hindi. They are extending their metro system and some of the signs redirecting traffic almost look like graffiti. U.S. cities should take note – they are cool looking and it gives someone a chance at expression while helping drivers know where to go.
We did not see any cows or monkeys – but lots and lots of stray dogs.
The cats have not been in hiding at all since we got here. They are purrfectly comfortable right out in the open.
We went to the Khan market place. The stores are tiny but hold lots of things. We found quite a few American brands.