Our room in Puducherry was very nice which always makes for better sleeping. When I'm not freaking out about bugs, I'm a happier person. The bugs don't bother my room mate at all. I've had a few shrieking moments but luckily not in front of anyone. We had to be checked out by 8am this morning. I had corn flakes and coffee and a few tastes of the Indian fair. Their breakfast foods look and tastes a lot like lunch and dinner items.
On the road to Madurai we watched a Indian Bollywood blockbuster that was so sappy I cried. The Indian hero saves a Pakistani girl lost in India and takes her back to Pakistan. I loved it! We stopped at a roadside diner for lunch and I asked for a cucumber salad. I got tiny bits of cucumber in yogurt sauce, so I asked for more cucumber and got it!! It was a lot healthier then what I ate for lunch yesterday which was basically Indian deep fried onion rings and cheese curds. As good as it all taste, it kind made me sick later in the day. I really miss salad a lot!! I was told to avoid uncooked veggies but hoping that since cucumber is peeled I'm going to be okay!!
We went straight away to the Gandhi Museum once in Madurai. It had a detailed account of India's loss of independence from 1757 to 1947. It was in Madurai in 1921 that Gandhi started wearing a dhoti (the white traditional wrap men wear in India). I'm planning to buy one for my dad. I think he'll love it-- looks so much more comfortable and cooler than pants and way more modest then no pants! Maybe he can start a movement.
Once checked into our hotel I ran into the shower as the heat of the day had me feeling quite gross. I sat under the ceiling fan with wet hair cooling off before dinner enjoying the luxury of the hotel. My window view is grand but the noise from the street is kind of loud. Dinner was a fun outing. I sat next to our bus driver, who is a cool, 20-something young man who can legally drive anything in India, has worked as a yoga instructor in Bali and went to school for Ayurvedic massage. He is a well traveled Christian man who already has friends from Wisconsin. When talking to him, I get the feeling like this world is so small and it amazes me we have more in common then not. I had chicken for dinner and a lime soda. The lime soda here comes with a separate bottle of plain soda water and a glass of lime (unsweetened) concentrate. You can get it with salt or sugar syrup but I like it without either. It may be my favorite new taste I discover here. Sweet and sour rice bits are a new taste find as well. I'll bring some home with me for sure.