Friday 5 Feb 2016
Arrived yesterday in Lucknow. First impressions were not good. Don hit the streets and came back a couple hours later completely frazzled! The traffic in this city is horrific. Today it took almost an hour to go about 5 Km in an auto rickshaw that we hired for the day.
But at least today we were able to enjoy some of the sights. India is such a paradox. It's so alive yet all around everything is in such bad shape - many people, most animals, and all of the environment. The degradation here is so in-your-face.
On another note, thanks to everyone who have been sending messages. It's been wonderful to hear from you! I haven't yet found a way to send a response - don't think there is one. But rest assured we've enjoyed reading them.
Glad I came prepared.
Old mosque, still in use, at The Residency site - the place of refuge for British soldiers and their families under siege during the Indian Mutiny in 1857.
Don inspecting the rebuilt gear box (with our driver).