I woke up a few times during the night and realized my space heater gave up the ghost. I thought perhaps we had lost power again (they have power normally in the mornings and at night but not during the afternoon) but the light in the bathroom worked so I guess it just broke. It’s good that I’m wearing long underwear under my pj’s and I have the emergency foil blanket under the sheet on my air mattress so it reflects my warm body heat back to me instead of cold air.
I feel a bit better this morning although the pain in my sinuses is still bad and there is still a lot of infection coming out.. Moving around is still a bit difficult so I may end up staying in the compound all day again. It doesn’t matter because I’ve had such interesting conversations with the people here. I have a tv but haven’t felt like watching it at all. Also not in Dehli.
So now to get up and shower ( and get the whole bathroom wet again – it seems that having a shower curtain isn’t the norm here so you have to make sure you take out the toilet paper and anything else you don’t want to get wet BEFORE you shower.) You also have to remember to turn on the water heater BEFORE turning on the water too. I had a few chilly surprises… Looking out my window into the parking area I see activity. Some people are leaving in an SUV. I guess it’s time for me to get up too. A new day a new experience in India!
Today I went into Leh with Tserin from the Snow View Hideaway. She wanted to escort me to the ear nose and throat doc and to an internet café. We walked from the hotel to the town passing many interesting places, a farm after they harvested wheat with the Himalayas in the distance. Street dogs are all over the place here too as well as street cows… Then she took me into old Leh. Wow! It’s like out of an Indiana Jones movie! Then we ended up in a big square where a huge mosque was and the road was torn up. She explained it’s part of their beautification program. After looking for an internet café (with satellite) we hit gold on the 4th one. It was crowded with people on top of people. It took forever to log in and forever to do anything on the system. I had time to read 4 emails and to respond to 3 in 1 hour. After that we headed for the ENT doc at his office. He was supposed to be there by 4. When we got there we were told 4:30 so Tserin offered to make us tea at her house nearby. We walked through a trash dump and there we were! It’s a nice house with traditional rooms like a temple and the living room with all the little tables. Afterwards we headed back to the ENT and the office was packed! I decided I didn’t want to wait for hours to go into his little wooden box with a cloth curtain office. So we left and headed back to the hotel (after hailing a taxi who then wanted to charge us more upon arrival). No chance with a local on my side.