At 12:55 we left on the train to Delhi from Yeswanthpur Station.
After the train started moving I had lunch. For lunch I had a sandwich and some yoghurt and a carrot.
After lunch I played a game of Uno. I won the game. Then I played Life but we never finished the game. After playing Life I had a cup of tea while I read a book. Then me and Prabhanjana took pictures out the window. Then I tried to get Munju to stop singing a song. The song got stuck in my head.
Now we're stopped at Hubli.
P.S. I met a Tibetan lady.
Today is our second day on the train.
I felt a little sick and only had some carrots for lunch.
I took some pictures on the train. I slept some of the day. At night I met the same Tibetan lady and learned that her name was Neema. She told us about Tibet.
8 more days
Today is the last day on the train.
For breakfast we had disgusting veg burgers. The bad part wasn't that the burgers were veg but that there was nothing on them but mayo, lettuce (the lettuce was minced and not nice) and ketchup (the ketchup came in a little pack).
At 9:00 we reached Delhi. In the station we saw tanks being moved by trains. Once we got out of the train station we boarded a bus which took us to our lodgings. The girls' hostel and boys' hostel were separate buildings (they weren't just next door separate buildings they were far away).
After settling in our hostels we went to the Delhi Haat. At the Delhi Haat I bought a model chicken for my Tutu.
7 more days
Today we went to India Gate, an art exhibition, and Parliament.
For breakfast I had two pieces of toast, one hard boiled egg, a glass of hot milk and two potato things.
After picking up the girls in a bus we went to India Gate. At India Gate there was a huge arch (the gate) on the arch it had a list of names of soldiers that died. All around the gate there was a chain. Under the arch of the gate there were three flags and some braziers. There were 5 guards inside the chain. On the chain there was a police truck with two guards in fancy hats.
Then we visited Parliament. To get in we had to get patted down like 4 times. In Parliament it was kind of boring. We just watched people talk. There was a lady who every time we leaned forward to see got mad. I almost fell asleep more than once. We also went to a museum that showed how the Indian Parliament was formed.
The last thing we did today was to see an art exhibition. The main artist was Nandalal base.
6 more days
Today we went to Indira Gandhi's house/museum, Safdar Jung's tomb, National Museum, and Doll's Museum.
For lunch we went to a place in town. Everyone got thalis because that's all they had. The thalis had rice, puri, dal, sambar, and other stuff + one cracker thing.
The first place we went was Safdarjung's tomb. It is a muslim building so it had a big bulbous roof like the Taj Mahal.
The next place we went to was the National Museum. At the National Museum there was lots of stone carvings. There were also coins and other artifacts. Me and Prabunjuna accidentally went in a staff-only place looking for the teacher.
The place we went to after the national Museum was Indira Gandhi's house. There we learned how she got killed by two of her own security guards. We also saw where she died. She had a golden sword that Qatar gave her
The last place we went was the Dolls' Museum. They had dolls from all over the world. My favorite dolls were made completely from leaves.
5 more days
Today we went on a heritage walk to Humayun's tomb and an art museum.
For lunch I had bread and dal at a place outside the zoological park.
We first went on the heritage walk. On the heritage walk we saw lots of ruined or old buildings. On some of the buildings you could see how they built their domes (our guide (Sabina Auntie's brother) told us how and why the buildings were built). the domes were built by doubling the amount of sides of a room. So if a room had four sides then the layer above would have 8 sides. this was usually repeated 2 times. On the walk we also saw a tomb that got renovated and made into a house by some Brit. This same Brit built a pillar that his servants light every night like a light house. He also built ruins. Yea, crazy!
Then we went to Humayun's tomb. The building was completely surrounded by a thin stream with ponds at the corners and sides. Teh inside of the tomb had some geometric patterns on the floor with stars, squares, and ocatagons. Outside the door of the tomb there were stone boxes to show where people were buried. There was one stone box on the inside, Humayun's. I bought a book at the gift shop.
After we saw Humayun's tomb we went to an art gallery. My favorite painting was one of the Himalayas. At the gift shop I bought two mugs with paintings on them and one print.
4 more days
Today we went rock climbing.
For lunch I had butter chicken, peas and rice, naan, and chapati.
The first thing we did was rappelling. First we climbed up a mountain on a steep trail. Then we got to a cliff. There was a rope tied to a big rock on the side of the cliff. The instructors told us how to go down and then one of them (instructors) went down. Surya was the first kid to go down. Prabanjana and me made jokes about falling off the cliff while about 10-12 people went, then I went. The instructor went over how to do it and I went down. The scariest part was right when I was about to go down but still not off the cliff. 2/3 of the way down there was an overhang and I had to just hang on the rope the rest of the way.
After rappelling we went on an obstacle course. The first thing we did was a climbing wall. I got second highest of Makaras and Vrishabhas. Then we did a rope swing. It was pretty easy just hold on and jump let go. After that was upside down rope climbing. I did pretty well in that. Then we did the balance beam, tunnel, and rope bridge. We then climbed up and down a rope net, and crossed a hole on footholds hanging from the sky.
3 more days
Today we went to the Taj Mahal and the person who built the Taj's Grandfather's tomb.
For lunch I had rice, paneer, chapathi, and dal.
First we went to the person who built the Taj's Grandfather's tomb. It was much smaller than the Taj but made out of marble also. The inside had much more design than the inside of the Taj.
Next we went to the Taj Mahal. It at first looked smaller than the pictures and I made up a song:
Kalani's song (c) copyright
It's the Taj Mahal,
It's very small,
I'm very glum,
It's the size of my thumb.
But it looked normal later. I took lots of pictures with my class and on my own. It was nice.
2 more days
Today we went to Red Fort, Qutab Minar, and Janpath.
For lunch we went to Hadiram's on Chandini Chowk. At Haldiram's I had a plain dosa, sambar, lemonade, and a hot fudge sundae.
First we went to Qutab Minar. Qutab Minar is a very tall tower. The top was struck by lightning 2 times. There was also a iron pillar that weighed 6,000kg.
After Qutab Minar we went to Red Fort. It had huge walls made of red stone. Inside the walls was where the British set up barracks. The place the barracks were used to be gardens. Behind the British buildings there were several houses made of marble. All of them had an aqueduct running through them that brought water from the river to the baths where the water was heated.
Last we went to Janpath, a big bazaar. I wandered around looking at things for awhile. When were were going to leave I bought a shirt with the Taj on it for my Kane.