Walking in Kolkata

See Previous and next. Date: Friday, 30th December, 2005 Place: Kolkata

It was quite relaxed today, I took Monica out for a walk in the morning. We went down Camac Street and Shakespeare Sarani to a photo-processing shop, we wanted to get some prints for Monica's family. We then walked back down Shakespeare Sarani and turned onto Lord Sinha Street, going to the Gmami centre, specifically to the bookshop on the top floor.

We had a browse, Monica bought a couple of Rabindranath Tagore titles, and I bought a camera case as the zip had failed on my old one.

At the hotel, I had a fun time cashing a travellers cheque. They only had very low denominations available, and so I had to wait for the safe.

St. Paul's Cathedral in KolkataThe Birla PlanetariumMonica took a bath, and I went hunting for postcards - not easy in Kolkata - it's not really geared up for tourists! I went down AJC Bose Rd, then turned right and walked past St. Paul's and the Birla Planetarium, where we'd been a few days before. No luck, I walked back on Shakespeare Sarani, and on a whim went into the Landmark bookstore in the shopping centre on Lord Sinha street and found some.

When I returned, Monica was ready to go, and so we headed to the flat for the afternoon.

In the evening, we decided to pack, so we wouldn't be rushing to do so on New Year's Eve, or New Year's day itself. Then we went down to 'The Polo Bar'. This was pretty much the same as the previous time, we wrote a few postcards, listened to the Phillipino band murder some quite good tunes and so forth. Tonight, there was a belly dancer, who came with her own security guard.

To me, he resembled a member of an Indian tribute band for The Village People.

Ludshott Common

GorseWe went for a little walk over on Ludshott Common in Hampshire this afternoon. Not a major trek as it was quite late in the day. It's rather pleasant over there, rolling heathland with paths that are not as sandy (in general) as some of the major parts of Thursley Common - though of course there are many paths on Thursley Common which are not sandy, and several paths on Ludshott common which are. Cloud Sock PuppetI thought that this cloud formation looked like a giant sock puppet, which was nice.

Snow in Surrey

Closeup of Snow on a tree trunkFor various reasons which I won't go into I have the day clear (a work related activity was cancelled), and so went for a walk on a local common. We had just had a covering of snow. The cancelled activity is not unrelated to why I was at this place, the snow is not unrelated to why I had the day to myself. Ironically, the snow has now all but gone, this doesn't invalidate the earlier decision - and it makes the rest of the day a little easier!

I took a few photos, these are available on Flickr.