Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I have arrived - and to prove it I'm here

First blog from Delhi.

We got in at 4am local time yesterday (Tuesday) morning and all straight to bed having received our mosquito nets. When we finally got up around 12 noon the sun was shining and life in Delhi was moving on. Thinking I was in a city where the sun would be shining I covered myself in factor 40 only to venture out and find that even though it felt sticky it was not very hot. And today it's cooler again. Although I have been told it's always hotter in Bhubaneswar (my destination in 4 weeks time)

There are 16 of us VSO'ers doing in-country training together and it's a lovely group. We had yesterday all to ourselves so we just strolled around to 2 of the local markets and around Lodi park which is meant to be one of the nicest parks in the area. It's full of old temples (unfortunately not cared for) dating back to the 1400's. It gets dark early - before 6pm - so you need to have a torch with you. Walking on the broken pavements is quite dangerous in the dark. There are even signs up warning you about this ' Accident prone zone'.

Dinner last night was in a lovely restaurant in the Defence Colony Market, but we stuck to vegetarian until we get more used to the local foods.

We start our language classes tomorrow. We will be learning Hindi not Oriya as previously advised. But that's ok as most people speak some Hindi in Bhubaneswar and the office culture is to speak English - so I'm sure all will be fine.

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