“Just because you are hungry it doesn’t mean you can eat anything. The same rules apply.”
As I have found out today. I must not eat red meat and delicious desserts I don’t have a gall bladder any more and they make me ill.
So, I had a slow start to the day. Everyone else went off for breakfast whilst I kept close to the loo. They then went off to photograph some of the highlights whilst I was still languishing in bed. By the time I had surfaced I wasn’t sure where they were so I got a map and took myself off to the textile Museum.
This is a very old city, like something out of a movie and the main industry is tourism. Every second doorway is a hotel, the ones in between are either a travel agency or a shop. Even family homes use their front door as a shop to sell home made sweets or food. All the roads are cobbled so I am glad of my sandels with the tyre track soles.
In the central square Indians come down from the hills to sell their wares. Corn, other vegetables they have grown and especially woven cloth. The other thing I noticed is that most children do not go to school, they work. There are some places I would not walk alone. One of these was the handicraft market, so I will return to that with the others. I then returned to the hotel, following my trusty map, and still not feeling the best, to have a short nap and wait for the others to return.
One thing that has surprised me is how small off frame the local Indians are. I feel like a giant. The other thing is that all the flowers and plants are the same ones that I grow in my garden. I thought that I would find more exotics. Seems I already have them growing. I took lots of photos. Here are just a few.
All the embroidery on the clothing is hand stitched, even those birds. I thought at first they were machined but no not a machine stitch in any piece. The designs vary between different groups and are specific to each of these groups. The women’s clothing is very colourful but I found that the men also have their own ethnic dress, depending on the group or village they come from.