First warm shower today :D turns out we did actually have hot water and we just had to flick a switch to get it. Wasn't expecting that in India!
Destin came to pick us up this morning and we went straight to our first interview which was at the home of a current women representative. This was our first interview with a current rep, she seemed very positive overall. We also interviewed her daughter who was our age (21) and married.
We then went to Destin’s church to pick up her daughter Christina. We went inside the church and saw lots of the Onam flowers which the children had spent hours making; they were very pretty. The children all seemed interested in us and liked having their photos taken – I don’t think they see white people like us often!
Our last interview was with a former women’s rep at the hospital. We conducted the interview outside the hospital so didn’t get opportunity to see the conditions inside the hospital. From seeing the outside though it makes me grateful for our healthcare services back home.
After our last interview Destin dropped us off at the round where George met us and took us to the zoo. I was initially really excited about this, until we got there and I saw what poor conditions the animals are kept in. The cages are smaller than in England. Tigers and leopards in cages where there’s hardly any room to walk, let alone run. This made us all feel quite sad and depressed so we left the zoo at the first available opportunity. I didn’t take many photos due to how sad it was but here is one picture just to illustrate the awful conditions…
We left the zoo and were quickly drawn towards the loud music and commotion on the street outside. There was a parade going on with lots of music and drums, people dressed up in magnificent outfits and floats. We stopped and watched the parade pass down the street.
Although we seemed to be just as much of an attraction as the parade! We then went to the middle of the round to watch some more traditional Indian dancing and afterwards George took us to talk to one of the dancers who was lovely.