What a weekend this has been, it started of on Friday. KP had arranged a party for the team at the Hard Rock Cafe. We had some drinks, some great food including the cheese burger . It is always nice to get to know your colleagues after work, but this time it meant a bit more to me. In the daytime we in Holland chat a lot on the small things in life, and here in India we hardly do this. So this night was perfect to get to know everyone a little bit better. What I found surprising is almost everybody has been to Europe or knows someone who has been to Europe. I don't think we can say the same about India as Dutchies.
Unfortunately there was nog live music, and I am glad there was no YMCA, because I don;t want to see KP dancing on the bar! ;-) Amit went a bit out of line and drank too much ;-). Thank you VRishali, Dipti, Swami, KP, Ramakrishna, Kunal,Akash, Satya and Amit for a great night out.
The next day I first wanted to relax and got out of bed very late, just in time to get to breakfast. I decided to go into town and get a taste of the real Pune. I wanted to see the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, dedicated to Ganesh, and I would leave the rest up to whatever comes my way. As I said, I wanted to see the city and drove around for almost 2 hours just through all of these narrow alleys and broad streets . I came across some nice temples and a nice market. So next up was my visit to Dagdusheth Temple. This temple really is indescribable beautifull, also you can't pictures of course, so you will have to do with internet searches. After wondering around for one hour or so I decide to head back to the hotel and get some rest. Riding around in the burning sun is not the best idea for my skin.
The final is also on today and you can feel there's something in the air, everybody s a bit tense. After getting back I watched a bit of the game and things weren't going really well. For dinner I wanted to go to Yellow Chili in Koregaon Park, only to discover it was closed. Everywhere people are watching outdoors and by this time things are looking up. Instead of Yellow Chili I went to Arthur's Theme, which is KP's wife favorite restaurant, and ordered the Magnus Maximus. It was really good and also the game was on, so the dinner was perfect. Except, I only wanted to be back home on time. FC Twente vs PSV was on in half an hour, and since I am a huge Twente fan I just had to see this match between the number 1 and number 2 of the league.
I had football on on my laptop and the cricket match on at TV. At half time Sri Lanka were bowling there last balls and then finally the final six by MS Dhoni, what a great way to lead your time. The fireworks go off at the stadium and in Pune again. I enjoy this moment from my balcony and see the Indian people go crazy on their bikes! Congratulations Team India! Then it is back to watch my own match again, I can hear the crowd roar when Bryan Ruiz is coming on, there's something in the air over there as well. Things are looking bright and I hold my breath for what's to come. Immediately there is pressure and Bryan get's us a penalty. 1-0 to Twente. But the finest moment is saved for the last. Theo Janssen's goal is the best of the season, such style, such brilliance. I think many Indians might have heard me screaming, ha!
I go to be, because tomorrow the taxi will arrive at 9:00 AM for me to go to Sinhagad Fort. The drive takes about one hour and when we get there the entrance is bloacked, road works. So there is only one way for me to go up, and that's the normal trekking route. It will take about two hours for me to reach the fort and the climb is really hard. The rocked road is troublesome, but the wheather gives me more problems. Luckily many Indians take the trekking route on a sunday and a lot of people start talking to this exhausted Dutch guy. There are also a lot of people on the track who have set up small tents where you can rest in the shade and drink some lemon juice or water. It is great to see how these tents get their supply. Women wearing baskets of supplies on their heads walk up this hill. I do think about giving up sometimes, but then I am reminded of Tanaji Malusare, who not only climbed this hill, but wearing his full equipment. He couldn't rest when his army reached the top, they had to fight to capture the fort! It is unbelievable how they achieved this.
Getting to the fort itself is such a blessing. You have a great view of the surroundings, you can see Khadakwasla Dam and even Pune. Also when you walk around it is strange to see how large this fort is, it's huge! There are stll people living up there and there are many tents where you can enjoy a drink or some food. I head of to the samadhi of Tanaji and looked at the cliff they climbed. What an acomplishment.
The way back down takes me a lot less time, of course and when I get back down to my taxi I decided to go back to the hotel, take a shower and relax for the rest of the evening. My body is aching and I could use some rest. I wanted to get to Osho as well but I leave that to one of the evenings for the coming week.