Day 5 - Chennai
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Erin is starting to grow to like Indian food and I still LOVE it but we are both starting to miss American breakfast. All we want is some American cereal with some good skim milk. Both countries have had different types of breakfasts that have been good...for a couple of days. Now we will see how were doing in two more weeks.
Today once Erin had left for work I hired a driver to take me to the Crocodile Bank. This is kind of like a zoo for a bunch of reptiles, I was really excited because it got pretty good reviews on the internet. Arriving at the place it seemed everything that I thought it was going to be. It had more alligators/crocodiles than I even knew existed. It even had some crocs that I have only see on t.v. and not in a zoo. You could pay 50 rupees and feed the alligators some meat, so I obviously wasted a couple hundred rupees on that.
In the end I was kind of disapointed because I was told their were cobras and all they had were a few different kinds of pythons, nothing you wouldnt see on an average day in my classroom. Once leaving the park I finally tried a coconut, they are everywhere here and are supposed to be good for you. Everyone says they help cool your body and I was relly hot so I bought one. He hacked off the top and put a straw inside. It wasnt too bad besides it being really warm. Then when I finished he hacked in two and gave me one half which had this slimy stuff inside which was disgusting.
After leaving the Croc. Bank I went to this four-wheeling track that I saw on the way. It looked really cool, it had sharp turns, pretty big jumps and was a dirt/sand track. When we got there I found out that it was pretty expensive, about $15 but I really wanted to try it. The guy set me up with a 500 cc 4 wheeler and was explaining everything to me, I didnt want to be rude and tell him that I know how to ride one. Once I got on and tore around the first corner he was probably a little confused. I went around once and hit each jump pretty fast sending the 4 wheeler flying, and then went around once and stopped to see if I can change 4 wheelers. 500 cc is really big and made more for going in woods and built not to get stuck, not to go off jumps.
Before heading home I wanted to check one more sight out called St. Thomas Mound. It was a very large hill that had a church on top of it. It was a very steep road up and on the way we saw a really nice school built into the hill. The top of the hill was very beautiful, you could see all of Chennai and it is much larger than I thought it was.
Arriving back at the hotel I needed to shower and get ready because Erin and I were invited to have dinner at Padma's house tonight.
Erin was a little nervous going over at first knowing that we were going to be eating home-made Indian food and eating with our fingers. Once we got there you would have thought she was a pro. I have been very proud of Erin this trip, she is becoming very culturized. She's trying foods that she would have never normally tried, eating with her fingers, riding rickshaws, walking around with agendas.