‘Week 10’ just sounds like it should be good, doesn’t it? Well thankfully, it was a good one for us! In fact it went by so quickly and we spent most days out and about that I fell behind with my usual posting schedule. I guess it is a good sign when you a living your life instead of blogging about it all the time though right? ;).
Highlight: As opposed to what I’ve been complaining about over the last 9 weeks, this week we had SO MUCH GOOD FOOD! We have really nailed down our favourite restaurants and cafes and eat out at least 3 times a week. This is more than we normally would at home but we also don’t do a big grocery shop each week so it’s not like we are wasting food at home. Dhaba is one of our favourite places. It serves Indian street food but all prepared in a high quality restaurant environment. It is the best place for hubby to get his fix of meat and the best place for me to feel like I am eating something other than bread and rice :).
We also found an amazing ‘Wine and Beer’ shop that sells imported brands as well as local. There is a local wine here called ‘Sula’ that is honestly THE WORST wine you will ever taste haha. Now I like my wine and I’ve definitely had my share of sub-par vinos but if I had to choose between Sula or nothing, I’d go nothing every time! Of course imported bottles equals highly inflated prices but we managed to find some of our favourites at an ok price!
Things I’m loving: The festive season is still in full swing over here and the next two weeks will just get even crazier. Every day there seem to be new mela’s popping up, live performances, fireworks at night and just a general atmosphere of celebration. We hit a few markets over the week and this weekend but we are planning on doing the most popular one in Delhi, which is put on by a local Blind School, tomorrow after we pick the kids up from school.
Things I’m missing: The greenery and clean (ish) air. The weather is cooling down and like I mentioned last week it is really pleasant in the mornings but now that the Monsoons have finished Delhi is turning into a dust bowl. You can see how dusty the road is in the picture at the start of this post. November / December is when we would usually come for our annual visit, so this is the India that I know, and trust me it just gets worse. Pretty much everything you wear gets covered in dust and dirt and the air quality is terrible, but having seen how green and luscious all the gardens were during the monsoons, it’s a big shame seeing everything turn brown.
What I’m looking forward to: Diwali school holidays start on Friday and we are thinking of taking a trip to a nearby city called Jaipur. Some of you might be familiar with Jaipur or ‘The Pink City’ as it’s often called. It is supposed to be really beautiful and have some of the most amazing textiles and fabrics so it would be great if we could get ourselves there. It’s about a 5 hour drive so that will be a fun logistic to work out with two kids under 2.5 but I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Are you still considering a type of online /blog store if a particular item is required for Aussie customers? Yes I definitely am however I haven’t been able to get a good enough lay of the land in terms of manufactures, seamstresses, suppliers etc yet. I do have a handful of good sources to deal with one on one client requests but not yet to fill a store. Definitely still in the works though :).
Is it safe to eat street food? I’d say eat at your own risk. Unless you have reliable sources and you know that all the produce is fresh and prepared hygienically I’d probably advise to skip it. If no other reason than the climate, it is really hard to ensure that the food is safe. If you really want to try the street food look for a very popular stall as the locals will be the best judge. A popular vendor also means that they will be making everything fresh and will have a high sell through rate.
Have you lost weight in India? I’m not really sure what the intention behind this question was and I thought for a long time about whether to include it but I’ve decided to give the asker the benefit of the doubt and assume nothing negative was being implied! But yes I think I have. We don’t have any scales here but I’d say I’ve maybe lost 2-3kgs. Nothing major and not at all intentionally. I think the change in diet, climate and probably a little bit (a lot) of general lifestyle adjustments have contributed to this. The gym has been good for me though as I am slowly putting on some muscle mass and I’m sure that Christmas back in Melbourne will sort me out quick smart ;).
And so concludes another week as an expat! Is anyone else starting to freak about how close the end of the year is? I am just excited as we will all be heading back to Melbourne to spend Christmas with my family. It is looking like our plans might be changing too (story of my life) so the next month or so will be crunch time for us figure out what we want to do in early 2017. Never a dull moment for the MSF family ;). Have a great week everyone xx