Bangalore, which does literally mean boiled bean town, was our respite. It is the IT hub of India, and has become a very modern city with a visible western influence. We got a room in an apartment through airbnb and the one guy we lived with worked for Amazon India, something that is not common here yet, but growing. Therefore there is a lot of money here, a lot of flashy places to impress clients with and lots of very good western food.
So basically we gorged on things that we had dreamed about while out in the wilderness. We had a burger, a pizza, poached eggs, granola, fruit and honey and a Cuban sandwich. It was incredible! We found a lovely place called Smoke House Deli, near our apartment on the 100ft Road, which was a white canvas with black marker pen illustrations which were really cool.
We treated ourselves with activities too. We went to the cinema, spent three hours in a salon being pampered and Soph got her nails done, and had a night out. It was Pete’s friend, Tirini, that took us out. She went to university in London and then moved back to Bangalore. We went to the rooftop garden of the Ritz for drinks and snacks first (all paid for by her dad which was lucky as you could only buy wine by the bottle and the cheapest was about £37 which is crazy expensive here), it really couldn’t have been more different to our experiences from the week before. Then we went to Sanctum, a fairly posh club, for more drinking and dancing. We met some of Tirini’s friends, who were all very friendly and cultured – most of them had been to or lived in London at some point.
The other highlight was the Lalbagh botanical gardens which was basically a lovely, big park to stroll around, with orchid and rose gardens and a lake in the middle.