Friday, 6 March 2015

India: Bangalore


We finished off our time in India in Bangalore, at a Homestay called Mass Residency, which is run by two brothers, Syed and Shakir, who are the loveliest hosts ever! They couldn't do enough for us, a common trait in Indians and one which we will be ever grateful for. They gave us a whistle stop tour of the city via a map which they had annotated and detailed to help us get the most out of our time there. They even put up a mini Christmas tree so we would feel more at home for Christmas despite not being Christian themselves. So cute. We even got complimentary breakfast of egg on toast and chai, so we were loving life.

There isn't really much to say about Bangalore. It was pretty much just a stop on our way to Chennai where we caught our flight to Kuala Lumpur and onwards. We felt a little bit weird being away from home at Christmas time and since it was the first time for all of us we were expecting to feel a little down so planned to spend Christmas skyping our families and friends back at home. We made a little effort to embrace the Christmas spirit by buying Santa hats, and actually putting some make up on for a change. Haha! The highlight of our christmas, however, came in the form of our DIY Christmas dinner. We decided to search the city for somewhere that did a traditional dinner and eventually found somewhere that did a buffet for £9 which pained us to pay but then again, it was Christmas and if you can't treat yourself at Christmas, when can you, hey? It was ABSOLUTELY worth the money though - definitely the best meal we've ever had. The starter was 16 courses (no lie) and consisted of pretty much every meat you could think of, various indian snacks, and vegetables. As if we weren't full after that, we were then treated to a buffet of literally every food under the sun - endless amounts of it. We kept refilling our plates endlessly until we couldn't eat any more. And then it was time for dessert. Again the options were endless - from jelly and icecream to cake and fruit. Which we of course had multiple servings of until we genuinely resembled Christmas puddings and were close to needing to be rolled out of the restaurant. Success! 

All in all, Christmas wasn't half as bad as we thought it was going to be. We were more depressed about the thought of leaving India if we're honest. Devastated is not the word! Time has gone way too fast for our liking and 3 months definitely is not enough time to satisfy our wanderlust for this country. There is no doubt that we will be back. Hopefully sooner rather than later! We've already started missing the place and we haven't even left yet! See you later India, you've been a dream! 


Christmas Eve retail therapy



Christmas Krispy Kremes 
It's Christmaaaaaaas
Christmas in India does exsist! 
Getting into the Christmas Spirit
Christmas Coffees
Being away from home isn't so bad after all

Christmas Dinner time!
Sooo much ice-cream
And desert :)
Words can't express our sadness leaving India!

Byeeee!
The Happy Wanderers 

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