It was another early start today, because we went back to the river to see the morning prayers, and to watch the sun rise. Once again, it was so peaceful out of all the hubbub of the city. The sunrise was beautiful, spreading the most amazing pinks and oranges over the whole sky. On the way back we saw another couple of cremations, and learnt a little more about the traditions.
We made it back to the hotel in time for a delicious buffet breakfast, including freshly made waffles, toast, eggs, more traditional rice and curry, and twice baked potatoes, juices, fruit and everything you could want. We then had a free day, in preparation for our 12 hour bus journey the next day. A few of us had some parcels to mail back home, so we ventured out to the post office. This was possibly the most stressful experience of the whole trip! As soon as we walked through the door we were met with a sea of people standing at different counters, all of which were labeled in Hindi, so we had no idea where we should go. Luckily a worker took pity on us, and showed us what to do. We needed our parcels wrapping up, so he disappeared to get some, what I assumed would be, paper. However he returned with a sort of calico material and some thread. He then sewed out packages up, very securely, and sealed them with melted wax. We had to fill out all kinds of forms, and stand and wait for the man behind the desk to serve us. Much like with the driving, there are no rules here, just every man for himself. As a Brit, we're used to standing in nice orderly lines and waiting your turn. Not here - if you don't get your elbows out and get in there, you don't get served. We then found out you could only pay with cash, where we had all hoped to pay on cards, so we left one of the girls there as collateral (!!) whilst a couple of us went to get some money. This involved walking back to almost the hotel, and standing in another line! Poor Haidee was sitting waiting for us for quite some time. When we finally got back, we had to stand in yet another (non) line to pay. I managed to shove our way to the front, and eventually, about 2 1/2 hours after we first walked in, our parcels were sent and we were on the way back to the hotel.
There was a spa in the hotel, so after our fairly horrendous ordeal we treated ourselves to some treatments. I had a much needed pedicure, which was so relaxing and luxurious. I don't think my feet have ever been as clean! The afternoon was spend hanging out in the sunshine, drinking cocktails, eating dinner and watching the stars come out as evening drew in.