A note on my three blogs


A note on my blogs

(1) vio; in love with india - this one is the main blog about my Indian adventures, which started in 2005. I don't write much on this blog these days because I prefer to write privately in the confidential blog. But check out the categories and the index to figure out your way. I have kept some older posts not about India but which I still find interesting or relevant in Old words. Also check out my new, fun category Only in India in which I post photos of funny, unique, Indian situations...

(2) vio; sounds of india - this is my blog of sounds, because India wouldn't be as incredible if it was not so vibrant and just so full of incredible sounds!

(3) vio; confidential - this an extension of my main blog in which I post entries I do not want to reveal to the entire webspace for privacy or sensitivity reasons. You must receive an invitation from me and then accept the invitation to be able to read it. You may email me if you are interested in receiving an invitation.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Today I bathed in the Ganges... accidentally...

Yes. Today I bathed in the Ganges. I had not wanted to really though. In about two weeks the Ganges is drying phenomenally quickly. Seeing from the temple that was submerged in the water before, Ganga is 2-3 meters lower than before. So, on the way back from work today I was going to go home walking along the now drying ghats. Well not completely dry that was. And the muddy grounds are still so wet that they are very swampy indeed. There was a very swampy bit I didn't expect, and pfloof! I sank down to the level of my thighs. I was not exactly proud. It was so hard to get my feet out; each step out I had to press down to get my other foot out and in the process sinking the previously released foot back down. So I screamed! And three kids came to rescue me!! It was not easy! Especially with my sandals who were so muddy that they made my feet more heavy! Man. That's so clumsy-me! In the end the kids put a big wooden stick onto and across the swampy ground so that I could put my rescued foot on it and release the second one. After I got out obviously I had to bathe my bottom half in Ganga to remove the mud. And I gave 10 rupees to each of the three kids for "saving my life"! Haha.

I went back to my guesthouse with completely wet trousers and a muddy bum. What I hadn't realised until I got home though was that my trousers were completely torn at the bum. Ha. What people could see from my bum that I will never know. Haha. I wasn't very proud of myself, though it was kind of funny really. And it made me realise how dirty Ganga is - and how much rubbish people throw in it. Which makes it rather ironic that they would ask you to remove your shoes (like in a temple) before going walking through Ganga's water. ahem...

Anyway. I changed guesthouse, yet again, the other day. But this time I am very happy. In the end I had decided to move in this big house with all the Western musician-people so I visited some - very dirty - rooms which the owner said he would clean by evening. By evening the rooms were not clean, and the family (though they had promised) did not know which other rooms they were to show me. So I had also visited the next-door, clean, lovely, cozy, homely and cheap guesthouse (less than £1.50 for a room!) so I moved there. And my room is right below my friends' room in the building across, separated by a lane wide of about 50 cm. So I am still close to my musician friends, to say the least. I am very happy there. The weather is slowly cooling down (very slowly!) and my room has many windows so when I open the door I get wind even though the light/fan does not work all day! There's pots underneath my bed, a mosquito net is provided, I get all I need here, and the owners are friendly - a lovely family really. So. I shall stay here until the end of my time in varanasi, this time. I feel very good here. Horray.

Today and yesterday I am doing an initiation/training in Reiki with the lovely German neighbour. Ii'm looking forward to my first practice session this afternoon. I also practised the violin with a great Israeli guy who is learning tabla - great for him to practise with me, and great for me to get used to the so-intriguing-complex Hindustani beat, which I'll have to learn soon... I'm so happy here - oh and my lovely neighbours (the German bakery) has finally opened again after their six-month break (they close during hot season) so I can have great food and breakfast and great bread and yum, yum, yum...

I'm so happy in Varanasi - did I mention it? (Yes, I know!) Oh but less than four weeks to go In India; I can hardly believe it...

My camera sometimes works, sometimes makes very very odd pictures. Mostly it doesn't work though - so I should really try to get it repaired... But there are some mad photos here.

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