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23 November 2005

every. single. time.

i'd intended to take an early morning boatride down the river with some other travelers, but my treo conspired against me and i woke up at 0600. i watched the bright red sun rise over the river and then retired back to my bed. my throat was burning and i feared the onset of a fierce illness. sarah's call woke me up at around 1030. i was out along the river shortly after.

i spent the majority of the day walking along the river and taking in all of the sights. ate lunch/breakfast at 1400 and then sat down on a bench to do some writing. there i witnessed a girl being endlessly harrassed by man after man. the story is always the same. it's almost as if the touts and salespeople went to the same 'how to lower a tourist's shields' school. 'what country are you from? what's your name?' every. single. time. today i was from india. yep, born and raised in bombay. i eventually asked the girl if she would mind some company. she hadn't eaten yet, so i accompanied her to the restaurant at which i'd eaten earlier.

later that evening we ran in jenn and two other travelers staying at my guesthouse, australians stephanie and edward. we ate dinner and wandered in the marketplace before walking back to the guesthouse.

posted by paul on Wed 23 Nov 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)

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