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Kapaleeswarar Temple

Last nights game didnt get over until 2:00 a.m. so we slepped in this morning. Little did we remember, we told our driver that we wanted him to drive us again today and to pick us up and 9:00, and Erin's company also helped arrange a driver for today that was coming at 10:00. We slept through both hotel calls but got up for the third one. I miss being able to watch the matches in the morning at home...

Today we took a cab that was through Erin's company, our driver was really nice, his English was a little hard to understand but he was nice, and luckily nice about us missing the first time he came, we felt really bad! Today's agenda was to go to a temple in Chennai called Kapaleashwarar Temple which was an abode of the god Shiva.

This was a lot different than yesterday because it was all painted and very colorful. Today we had to take our shoes off before we entered and as soon as we entered we were outcasts. Everyone was stairing at us, not in a bad way, just in an interested way. There were shrines throughout the temple and all kinds of prayers going on. It was really interesting to watch people pray, there were many different styles and it was fun to sit back and take it all in. Right next to the temple was the temple tank, I'm not sure what it was used for but it looked like a big pond. We didnt stay too long at either because it was very hot and walking around barefoot was almost impossible. I officially know what it's like to walk on fire because I think we both burned off the bottoms of our feet.
Vishnu and Shiva I think

After leaving the temple we went to a Chinese Indian restraunt because everyone was recomending that we try chinese indian while were here. The restraunt was called Mainland and it was AWESOME! Erin and I ate more food than we have in a long time, the best thing was that everything that we got was amasing.

After sitting around like heffers for awhile we thought we should do some shopping. We went to a mall called Spencer's Plaze which is a 5 story mall with nothing but knock-offs, it was like the Indian black market. They had everything from clothes to electronics. This was fun at first, haggling and getting things for a good deal, but after an hour of people pushing stuff in your face and being right on top of you, it got a little old.

We shopped for a couple of hours and then headed to Marina beach. This is the longest beach in the world. Also, it is the place to be on Sundays. In the late afternoon everyone and their families go there because its cool with the breeze from the ocean. This was the most packed beach I have ever seen. People were everywhere. Once again, we were like a spectical, being the only white people out of thousands of people, we stuck out a little bit. Everyone seemed friendly, just wanting to say hi or shake our hands. Soon after arriving at the beach we saw a group of kids playing a game kind of like marco polo. They would tie a scarf around one person's eyes and then that person would have to try and catch someone else.

Kapaleeswarar Temple
It was a little rougher than how I played, they would slap each other or throw the person to the ground. Erin and I sat and watched and as soon as the kids saw that we were watching they ran over and wanted to talk to us. As soon as one boy started talking to us, 10 others joined and then their parents joined and then thier friends joined. We shook everyones hands, gave some high fives and went on our way. We then went down by the water and walked along the shore getting our shorts pretty wet. We walked back up in the sand and ran into the kids again and they wanted to shake our hands again and try talking with us. It was really cute listening to them try and speak the little English they knew. So before we knew it, I was blindfolded and playing this game with them. Everyone thought it was pretty funny when I was the one that was it. After playing with them we tried talking with the parents and then a group of late teenage boys came and they were trying to talk as well. They were really interested in our names, our surnames, careers, etc. They were all really nice and asked if they could take their picture with us, so after about a hundred akward pictures we headed back to the taxi and called it a day.

Tonight will be another long night for me with the game at midnight, we'll see how tomorrow goes...

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Kapaleeswarar Temple
Kapaleeswarar Temple
Vishnu and Shiva I think
Vishnu and Shiva I think
Kapaleeswarar Temple
Kapaleeswarar Temple
Notice anything...shes standing o…
Notice anything...she's standing …
Marina Beach
Marina Beach
This was pretty cruel, but was rea…
This was pretty cruel, but was re…
beautiful, the sea isnt to bad eit…
beautiful, the sea isnt to bad ei…
Marina Beach
Marina Beach
Our new friends
Our new friends
Playing marco polo
Playing marco polo
trying to hide behind the boy, did…
trying to hide behind the boy, di…
preparing him to be it.
preparing him to be it.
They thought it was pretty funny w…
They thought it was pretty funny …
I had to cheat, I couldnt catch an…
I had to cheat, I couldnt catch a…
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photo by: Marusya