For the last few days of our time in India, we flew from Bangalore up to Delhi. We stayed with a friend of a friend's family. They gave us our own room on the 4th floor of their building. They took such good care of us – cooking our meals (delicious), driving us around the city, showing us their favorites sites, and having us taste their favorite foods and drinks. With these warm San Francisco nights, I could go for a cold glass of jaljeera. Their generosity and hospitality was incredible, and we're so thankful for them.
The city was incredibly hot, so we stayed home until around 4 every day. Delhi is loud and hot and busy and full of life. I especially enjoying seeing the painted trucks that a friend recommended I look out for before the trip. We saw similar painted trucks in Bangalore, too.
We drank milk tea on the 5th floor roof.
Our friends took us to the Lotus Temple. It was a rare experience to be in such a quiet space. I closed my eyes for a few minutes, and noticed how loud this quiet room became. Someone clearing their throat, a kid murmuring and a parent shushing, the opening of a door in the distance.
Some of the most fun we had was just driving around in our friend's car, blasting a mix of Punjabi and American music, bobbing and weaving through traffic. I even drove the car once, at night!
It was a Friday night when we went to India Gate, so the streets were closed to cars and lots of people were out enjoying the warm night. We ate some chuski and a man even sang us the chuski song! We tasted two flavors – kala khatta was super salty and interesting. By contrast the rose chuski tasted really sweet. They were both so good. :)
We visited the family's Sikh Temple from the outside. We couldn't go inside because we had just had a beer.
That's the end of film photos in Delhi. I think I'd be making a mistake if I didn't show you some cell phone snaps too. This is my best girl in Delhi, Shivpriya. She taught me how to take better selfies 😘
This is our friend's mom with their dog, Google. They named him Google because he can search for anything. :)
The best part of Delhi was definitely the people. Our friend and his family took us in completely. I've never felt more welcomed, and we're so grateful for their generosity and good company. I had some good talks and laughs with my friend's mom about life and bossy women. :) Till next time, Delhi! Miss you Shivpriya & fam 👋