Objects in the rear view mirror …..

P1030298 So I looked at the map and decided that it would be a good day to see the Fort Museum here in Chennai. Set out with great enthusiasm and walked along the river park. Quite picturesque, which is more than you can say for the river….along with its smell. there have been many odours assail my nostrils since arrival, but the river is probably the worst so far.

In the heat of the day, the walk to the fort took a lot longer than it appeared on the map. Not a lot further than the MariP1030300na Beach yesterday. However by the time I had to follow the road and semi turn back, I was feeling parched without any water with me.  I figured I could always buy some there –  a tourist place right…?  but the only place I saw was a very dodgy looking stall that I did not feel confident to try. This is the nicest road system I have seen in Chennai – right by the politicans of course – the secreteriat is the photo below that looks like the bow of a white ship.  Just here are the statue of some important English colonist in the middle of the road and the view of the fort museum from the road.P1030305  

Just here is the place built for the over-size statue of General Cornwallis – at last a name I knew! and it si alongside the secretariat, which does indeed look like a boat.

So while I realised that I needed water in quite an urgent way, I had to “soldier on” – yes I know a bad pun at a military Museum….Lots of guns of course and portraits of “famous in Chennai” people. Quite an interesting section on the coins of India and the various peoples that have occupied this country…French, Dutch and English…

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P1030308 So the walk back in a park under some trees – the first thing was to get some water..and I really needed it by now…it has been hot and sunny today! I did not want to get one of the motorised rickshaws that are around. I have met one driver here – with whom I have become quite friendly, so I told him he could rip me off once – probably next weekend getting to Cuindy Park, which looks just too far to walk – even for me! He just laughed – the people can be very friendly here.

Met a good salesperson as well and ended up buying two short-sleeved shirts for about $24 in total. Clothes are very cheap here and I came knowing I needed to buy a couple of shirts so that was good.

I also have been watching NZ play Sri Lanka in the cricket – probably watched it more than I would at home, but at the time I was trying to get my core body temperature down with sips of water and a very nice green tea drink (with ginseng in it) and a little help from the air-con. I did succeed – to the extent that I even started to feel cold after a while. As I write they are doing pretty well and should win the match from here – no doubt to play dismally in the next match!

Tomorrow I start four days of examining Electronic keyboards – I am assured more variety later!!

So apart from the obvious water lesson, I also learnt today that Objects in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear!……  🙂 

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About David Adlam

I am a conductor, composer, clarinettist and examiner for Trinity Guildhall working in Auckland, New Zealand and overseas
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