Bike-Ride To Australia Saturday 24th-December 2011 Bagnan to Calcutta. 29 miles. As predicted, it was a short ride into Calcutta this morning, and I was in a hotel by 1 pm. It’s rather posh and is costing me a lot of money! But me being me, I couldn’t be bothered to search around! And as somebody once said to me, “better to pay a bit more and know you and your bike are safe.”
I need to get a visa for Bangladesh. After a quick shower, I went in search of the Bangladeshi high commission. It was one of the visa’s that I hadn’t obtained before leaving home. I wasn’t actually hopeful of it being open today, being a Saturday. But even if it wasn’t open, I’d know where it was. And as I thought, the high commission was closed.
I’d walked to the high commission and couldn’t help but notice the amount of Indians wearing Santa Clause hats! There’s definitely a Christmas feeling about the place, which isn’t too surprising, considering there’s a large Christian community here. And it was the home of Mother Teresa, who is possible India’s most famous Christian.
After my walk to the Bangladeshi commission, I returned to the hotel, where I spent the afternoon checking emails and updating the website. And I was very good, by not having a drink until 5 o’clock! I’m not too sure this hotel is right for me. It’s not my kind of place at all! I’m feeling like a fish out of water! But I’m here now and doubt very much I’ll move. I’m not so sure being away for Christmas is such a good idea either! I’m feeling a bit down now and somewhat lonely! Too much time to think is never a good thing!
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