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Train Culture & Arriving in Ahmedabad

En Route to Ahmedabad, Gujurat – Both Rich and I were awakened at 5:00 a.m. again by the crashing and banging of the Indians in the adjoining compartments. God only knows what they do from 4:30-6:00 a.m. then then be completely silent for the rest of the day

We stolled at a station about two hours later which gave me enough time to jump off and get some potato something or other server in, get this, a bown made out of a dried leaf. What will they think of next? During the course of our train ride today the only item of interest was the largest nuclear power plant I have ever seen. There were three cooling towers, all about the same size as those in the States, but then there was the grand daddy tower which was a minimum of twice the size of the smaller towers. I was mighty impressed with this feat of engineering, but why are there still so many problems with sanitation and poverty in the cities if they can manage to build something like that?

Fifty two and one half hours and 2,470 km (1,535 miles) later we finally arrived in Ahmedabad, Gujuray at 9:15 that evening. We jumped in a rickshaw to our hotel, and as we were going along noticed that most, if not all the shops were closed, and there weren’t that many people out on the street (this is a country of 900m – there are people everywhere).

We checked into the hotel to find out there was a 10:00 p.m. curfew in effect due to the riots in Bombay. We ran around the corner and grabbed a bite to eat, returning to the hotel just as the clocks struck ten.

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