I arrived in Mysore with a big fluffy India love glow. I went straight to my hostel which opened only 2 weeks ago and was beautiful (the blog picture). A couple of hours later my good friend Stretch arrived with hugs and birthday presents (yay).

We went for a wander and my bubble burst what with being in a city rather than a beach or countryside. I’ve known all along I want to spend less time in cities and more time in mountains and beautiful places.  On our walk we were befriended by someone who took us to a shop that made incense and oil. I was gutted as I have no sense of smell but on the other hand it gave us a very good excuse to leave.  Stretch bought 54 rose incense sticks which turned out to be 22 sticks when we unwrapped them – annoying. On the way back a kid about 15 would not leave us alone,  asking us loads of questions and eventually left us after I shouted at him for touching me inappropriately. Mysore is testing my patience.

The next day we climbed over 1000 steps up to Chamundi Hill (more a mountain than a hill I must add).

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This was fun,  it was a great workout and we were gifted with this beautiful temple at the top.

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Shortly after taking this picture I was then chased by a very scary monkey.

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The saving grace for Mysore is when we returned to our hostel we heard some incredible singing. An English guy had brought a travel guitar with him (never seen one of those before) and was singing some of his songs. I had a sing song and the evening organically turned into a musical sharing session. About 12 of us sat on the balcony,  with candle light singing, some with guitar some accapella,  I even tought them an African round. It was such a gorgeous evening – lovely group of people.

I totally wasn’t feeling Mysore so mysore-gestion was to move on to Coorg – known as the Scotland of India where we can do some lovely walks.

So we got the bus today and on the way the bus driver gave me some cucumber – things are on the up!

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  • mummy bear December 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    We look forward to reading your blog,so are do proud of your achievements you have made in your life.
    Miss you loads.

    • Lesley December 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thanks mumma bear x

    • maurice homewood December 17, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you for my visit to Mysore – perhaps if/when we go one day we’d leave it out of our itinerary. But the musical evening sounds delightful. Something to forever-remember.
      Keep going! Take us to the hills!

      • Lesley December 18, 2015 at 3:10 am

        The hostel very much made our trip to Mysore, it is a very special place! Onwards to the hills ☺

  • Lucy Charlotte December 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Hey lovely,

    I love your blog and all that you write brought the memories flooding back! The cities are definitely trying. Love you. xxx

    • Lesley December 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Ah thanks lovely. I will try cities for sure, there are only so many mountains one can climb 🙂 Love you right back x

  • maurice homewood January 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Wonderful! Please keep going and take us with you. We catch sight through your eyes of a world that is packed with new things. You make us feel incredibly small-town provincial!
    Spent some time with your successor last week, over coffee in D. Halls, talking over this year’s possibilities for Festival. Maybe L.S. on ‘ My Travels in India’ talk, one day?

  • Lesley January 13, 2016 at 6:35 am

    That sounds like a great idea Maurice… if I manage to leave India that is! I hope everything with the festival is going smoothly. Take care!

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