On This Day 16th-December-2011

This week’s on this day post comes from the 16th-December-2011, and I’m still in India on my way to Australia.

Friday 16th December 2011 Nagpur to Deori. 91 miles

Thanks to all for my birthday messages yesterday. I had a great evening and something different to my typical birthday! There was a group of local businessmen sitting on the table next to me in the hotel restaurant last night; they meet at the hotel a couple of times a week. After talking to them for a while, they insisted I join them. It was fascinating talking to them about Indians and Indian culture. I was saying how Indian people are always interested in what I’m doing and want to help in any way they can! They said, “in India, we respect guests as a god”. No wonder I get mobbed whenever I stop! They also bought me a birthday cake! Which was a nice gesture and very much appreciated.

Birthday cake
The cake that was bought for Garry

Indians do like their whiskey! The Indians who I sat with last night got through two bottles! There was only five of them! They tried to get me to drink some, but I was a good boy and stuck to my beer. The memory of my night with that Romanian football team is still fresh in my mind!

Watch Out

The area I’ve been cycling through today is tiger territory! Two people have warned me to be careful! I didn’t see any, only more monkeys! I did try standing by the jungle and calling “here kitty kitty,” but it didn’t work! Just as well, really!

The difference in accommodation from one night to the next is amazing. Last night it was a big posh hotel costing me £50. Tonight’s hotel has cost me £2.50! That’s the joy of travelling the way I do. I never know what sort of accommodation I’m going to get from one day to the next!

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