The day started off on a high and just kept getting better.
After uncle Bram, Dani and Ernie came along to drop little Felix off at daycare we headed for a much needed coffee and croissant then on to Old Delhi to discover the heart of the city. Traffic was a little lighter than expected but in any other city it would have scared the crap out of you. Once we had the car parked we headed over to the biggest mosque in India, Jama Masjid. Being western tourists of course we showed up wearing shorts so had to cover up our pearly white legs... wouldn't wanna start a stampede of overly excited women so we obliged. Got the full tourist treatment of paying for the camera and as leaving someone trying to get extra cash for "guarding" our shoes but that's part of the experience.
Outside the Mosque we hailed down 2 bicycle Richshaws to take up to the Spice Market. As much as we tried they wouldn't let us drive more than a few meters ourselves though Bram did look like a natural. Having gone a few minutes we couldn't blame them for not feeling safe in the back seat while a tourist drives. Honking cars on all sides, auto rickshaws flying by, pedestrians snaking their way through the madness and a few holy cows hanging out in the middle of the street. Pure insanity!
We were warned that the spices floating in the air is almost chocking so bring something to cover your nose. I remembered last minute but Bram and Dani forgot so ended up sneezing their way through the Spice Market. The colors, smells and people dashing back and forth with sacks of red chili peppers, curries, peppers, and who knows what all was a sight to behold. A truly unforgettable experience.
On the bike rickshaw back to the car we received a very welcomed call from the SOS office in Delhi. We had tried calling the night before to set up a meeting but was already closed so their return call came at the perfect time. We set up a meeting for later in the afternoon and continued on to the Red Fort to see how the kings of the 17th century lived. After wandering about this immense compound and discussing different challenges which included RP 1,000 for the first that could hold hands with a local guy for at least a minute, who can charge the most money for a local wanting to take a picture with us (Bram's leading with RP 10) we hopped on a Rickshaw bound for the SOS meeting.
The street name system in Delhi is, well, in one word, weird. Sector, letter and then number. Could also be East and West sectors. Even the taxi drivers get confused. Long story short after ending up in A sector East instead of West we finally made it to the right address. Being shown into the meeting room and our first sweet Indian tea with milk (delicious by the way) we met Shivang and Sonia from the Communication team at SOS India to go over what we're up to with the Rickshaw Race, how our fundraising is going and how they can help via their social media channels, and more. Was fantastic to meet them and hope we can stay in contact through the next 2.5 weeks.
After another action packed and productive day in Delhi we headed home for a quick shower and a little superhero time with Felix Jr. we had a night out with Felix & Valentina. Our second fantastic restaurant where we meet a friend of Felix (Sr.) who's name was... you guessed it, Felix :-D This Felix is from Sweden though but still, how many Felix's are there in Delhi?!
Dinner and a few drinks, which included my first Indian red wine, a pretty good Cabernet Shiraz we headed to a nearby bar for a little apple shisha and Kingfisher before calling it a night.
Tomorrow the adventure really begins so stay tuned...