This was originally written on January 23rd, 2016
Last night was the first full moon of the year. It was big and golden. This is a photo over Chamundi Hill. I didn’t take this photo, but the moon did look just like this last night.
I went out for a walk in the evening and the air smelled of jasmine and incense. I could hear drumming and the call to prayer from a mosque in the distance. It seemed magical, and all I wanted was to go to bed. At least for a few minutes I was able to enjoy the full moon. But alas, a little bit of sickness has overcome my body and I just want to lay in bed. Thankfully it’s only a head cold and a sore throat and not the dreaded Delhi Belly that so many people get here, Indians and tourists alike. Delhi Belly can put you out for a day or two. I got it on my last trip just a few days before leaving. It’s like the worst food poisoning you’ve ever had. Afterward you feel lighter and better. But it’s hell, really hell and you can’t decide in which way you need to use the toilette for a good 24 hours. Unfortunately, it seems that this is happening more and more in the United States due to poor food handling.
So today, even though I don’t feel much better, I am forcing myself to get out of bed and make something of my day. About to embark on my fourth week in India, I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. The end of the month of January signifies a mass exodus from Mysore. Many people arrived in November, staying the maximum three months allowed. Also, many people who arrived in December will be leaving. At the same time, the one monther’s for January will be leaving. I spoke to my friend Ganesh, who books cars for those coming to and from the airport in Bangalore and he said all of his cars are booked for those leaving Mysore, but not so many coming. I have no doubt that classes will still be full for February and March, but a major shift is coming in the next week and I am actually looking forward to it.
In a recent newsletter that I sent, I posted that I was lonely and that I only had a few friends here. Well, I already know that many of my Mysore friends will be arriving for February. So not only am I looking forward to that, I will finally be getting a scooter to drive around on. When I arrived I decided against it thinking that walking everywhere would be better for me to lose weight. But 1.) that hasn’t happened and 2.) my legs hurt all the time and I’d just rather drive a scooter. So, there will be one available on the 26th. Can’t wait.
So anyway, I have some things to look forward to. In the meantime I’m just catching up on Netflix and writing in my journal.