Last Day in Delhi
Yesterday we went to the Red Fort which is like a fort/palace and jama majid which is a mosque in Old Delhi. They were both built by the same emperor that made the Taj Mahal. The mosque was absolutely breath taking. It had huge marble arches and a huge courtyard and water pool that everyone was washing themselves in. We got to go to the very top of a tower in the building and were able to see all of Delhi. It was weird to see such a beautiful building and then look at the slums surrounding it. We also took our first rikshaw ride through the city. It was really fun because we rode through the market and were able to see all the funky shops and bright colors. It was a very relaxing day, which i definetly needed after the jam-packed days and my lack of sleep. After that we took a night train to Amritsar. The night train wasn't as bad as I thought it would be...the beds were rock solid and stacked on top of one and another and it was kinda loud but I somehow managed to get more sleep there then I did any night in Delhi which was really nice. The most embaressing thing happened to me while I was on a squat toliet on the train (which are basically just holes that go down onto the tracks... so you are never supposed to touch the railroad tracks in india..fun fact!) I guess I forgot to fully lock the door and an old woman opened it up and screamed. I am not sure how much of the train saw my butt but we were all joking about whoever did was definetly impressed because it is so pale and alot of Indians that I have met like pale skin hahahah. It is also funny is because India is so conservative towards women. Austin and Deb got realyl sick on the train, which was really awful. They ate dinner on the train and threw up alot...I felt so bad!!
We arrived in Amritsar around 6 am and spent the day at the golden temple. The temple is absouletly breathtaking (if you dont know what it looks like definetly google it now!) We ate and worked in Langar which is a cafeteria that is part of the temple. You eat for free and you are supposed to help out after/before. Peter says it is good Karma to do that. The next day we went to a flag ceremony. It was really cool. Both sides were chanting "We Live"..it felt like we were almost at some kind of sports game! It was also really cool to see both of the countries participating in this activity and having fun because all I have heard of was their bad relationship.