So Micha came back, and this time we spent his first half day in the country sweating our way around Lucknow on a cycle tour. We discovered a great city full of culture and heritage, as we fought our way amongst wild traffic and cows, squeezed our way between the maze of narrow alleyways, backstreets and hidden entrances of the crazy old town.
Sailing ships in indiaaaaaaar
Life is like a train journey, you spend half of it sleeping
The designer of the IIT Kanpur campus has created a magical place. Very different from being at a university in the city, surrounded by a bustling metro environment fighting over every inch of space, it has a village feel, peaceful and surrounded my nature. My friend described it as living in a zoo, and I can’t help but agree with her as I lie in bed listening to the peacocks crying out in the night, or the early morning air filled with gossiping birds and the flapping of wings. The former of these great creatures strut past my balcony on a regular basis (and sometimes try to flirt – see photo), kestrels perch in nearby branches, flocks of pearly white egrets pass overhead and monkeys swing into view, sending me scampering back inside to save my breakfast. And on special occasions we are treated with the presence of the “mystical cow”, otherwise known as the Nilgai (asian antelope).