Today has been a really productive and fun day that started out with a colleague of mine who lives nearby collecting me instead of my normal crazy driver Babu. And to be honest, I don’t view Babu as such a crazy driver anymore now that I have another local to compare his driving against. I think this aggressive “kill or be killed” driving style is taught at school and is actually just the way they drive here!! MAN, I can’t wait to get my driver’s license, a fun and sporty car, drive on the left (wrong) side of the road and get crazy myself!!
Anyhooo, I went through the Indian version of a Drive-Thru or McAuto this morning for breakfast. It was SO AWESOME (said in a very valley girl voice). We pulled over on the side of the road and guy with a cart full of fresh coconuts grabbed two, hacked the tops off of them with a mini machete and stuck a straw in each before handing them over to us. Voila!! Fresh coconut juice for breakfast. It was soooo yummy. They don’t look brown and rough when they are actually fresh, funny that!!!! And then, when we finished the drink, the guy grabbed his machete again, took the coconuts, then hacked them in half to reveal this really juicy, soft fruit inside that was super tasty — although it had the look and feel of runny eggs or poorly set jello, haha. Anyway, all in all it was a real treat and certainly the first of many breakfast coconuts for me. And the best part??? They whole experience cost only 15 Rupees, which is 30’ish cents!!!
Work was once again fabulous. We have a lot of fun foundation laying to do like update the company name, re-brand, start up internal and external communication, etc etc so at the moment I am trying to finalize a short-term plan for the next 3 months with the help of my first team member on board who has actually been monumentally pivotal in helping me pick where my daughter and I are actually going to live for the next few years…so tomorrow I am meeting a rental agent he hooked me up with to go visit a 3,000 square foot (AMAZING) penthouse with an additional 600 square foot garden attached to it. Fingers crossed I love it cuz the location is perfect — close to fantastic restaurants and shops and also really close to one of the bus stops from my daughter’s school.
Dinner is on the way so I will sign off for today. I ordered curry and basmati rice plus rolls stuffed with paneer (Indian cottage cheese). Fingers crossed the curry doesn’t kick my ass tonight, haha.
Kisses and hugs from Bangalore xo
© Angela Carson, Angela’s Adventures in Bangalore blog and photos, 2011