Saturday 19th March 2011
I think todays blog is going to be a bit shorter – “thank goodness” I here you say. Mainly because for the first time I’ve had a chance to unwind and take in the spectacular views and do very little else.
Breakfast of cheese omelette and tea on the terrace was followed, sadly, by having to check out of my hotel as they are full for the weekend. I would gladly have stayed on, but finding a room elsewhere wasn’t a problem at all, and for 600/- im quite pleased to be saving a little money at the expense of not having a spectacular mountain view from my window.
At lunch I met up with the Americans and spent the rest of the day lounging on a restaurant terrace taking advantage of the free wifi to catch up on the world news – and it wasn’t good to learn that Japan is now on a higher than ever radiation warning while UK, USA and France were preparing to attack Libya to enforce a so called No Fly Zone. Up here in the mountains it all seems so far away. Another lemon cheesecake? Yes please!
By tea time, as the sun went down, town became very active in the lead up to Holi which is celebrated here today and the rest of India tomorrow, and the alcohol shops seemed to be doing a roaring trade. However as the sun went down, lightening flashed all around the mountains and it was pretty obvious that the evening was going to be washed out.
Wet and cold in fact – the lightening circled us for a couple of hours, bringing thunder, hail and of course rain. Very heavy rain, but not unexpected as this is one of the wettest places in India. The sparking electrical junction boxes along the main road finally gave in to their soaking and the whole town plunged into darkness, so I dashed out into the rain and back to my room for an early night. Hopefully the storm will clear away the clouds and we will have a brighter start to tomorrow.