The days have been long, dirty and incredibly satisfying. The house that I am working on truly takes a new form each day. Tomorrow will be the fifth day of building. I will never look at another ditch, brick or pile of mortar the same way again!
The family that we are working with have been extraordinarily gracious, incredibly helpful and seem to genuinely enjoy having us around. As a token of appreciation, the father purchased a 'western' cd for us to listen to while we work. We immediately followed up with a 'Thank You' in the form of dance... Shakira blasting in the background and at least 65 children looking on in fits of laughter It was an incredible moment that didn't require a translator!
After a long day of work, we jumped in a taxi for a harrowing ride to Delhi Gate. From there, it was a brief negotiation with an Autorickshaw driver to Jama Masjid (India's largest Mosque) and a short walk to Karim's for dinner. Old Delhi is a predominantly Muslim community and feels a world away from New Delhi. The restaurant has quite the reputation for authentic mughalai food. I must say, they definitely delivered as it was the best meal I have had in India to date (which is saying a lot because the food has been outstanding).
The markets in Old Delhi are packed with locals, autorickshaws and shops of all sorts. I did my best to cover up (just about all of the women wear burqa's) but still felt a bit exposed. For the most part, however, it was a great night.
Off to bed for a bit of rest, A xxo