I finally met the owner of the B&B, Ashwani, who I've been communicating with through email the last couple months...what a lovely man. He and his wife own the B&B and also own a rental car agency. I started my morning by reading the paper...today the weather report said it was going to be a "cheery 35 degree hazy day"!!
Lots in the news about the education system here at the moment. The universities have moved to a semestered system in their science programs and it's not going well, application/admission processes for colleges and universities has drastically changed this year and large numbers of students are going to coaching institutions to prepare for their examinations. One person said students come out of those programs like "robots"...not much different than what we did in North Carolina to prepare students for their end of year standardized tests.
Ashwani gave me some ideas of places to see close by, but I decided first to have a nap from 11am-3pm. Before I headed out, I took the opportunity to check out my B&B, especially the nice livingroom with the balcony overlooking the street. There is construction taking place all around, the street is not paved and very dusty, there is some green foliage and flowers, but very dry. All in all it's a very quiet community.
So at about 4pm, I ventured out to see what was close by. I still don't have my bearings and I'm a bit hesitant to venture too far on my own, so I decided to stay within a 10-15 minute walk of my B&B. I went to see the PVR Complex about 5 minutes away where I was told there were some shops, but mostly food establishments where I could eat. Not exactly what I expected....an open concept area that was run down, with lots of people around and lots of traffic, including tuk tuk's....gotta love those tuk tuk's!!! I completely forgot they drive on the left hand side here, so I have to be careful to look the right way before crossing the road. People drive so close to you that you could easily get hit by their side mirrors if you don't watch out....but you would definitely be warned they were coming because they LOVE to use their horns!!!
By about 6pm, I headed back to my B&B for the evening. It gets dark here around 7pm, so I wanted to be back before then. I was very tired, so decided to turn in early, only to find out I couldn't sleep!! God I can't wait until I get used to the time change, because I'd love for a full nights sleep. So far I have been the only one at the B&B, but several people from Canada arrived late last night.
Well I should be off...my breakfast is ready and I'm heading to Agra in a little while.