Life on the River Ganges
We are in Patna! For awhile we had a long stretch in tents and no showers. It’s crazy that we’re near all this water and we aren’t able to get in it to freshen up. We finally were able to find a shower and wash dirty clothes! We get pretty dirty because of sand and silt in our camp and in the air.
For power in camp we have a generator to charge our walkie talkies, phones, and computers. It gives us a little light until we turn it off. When we’re able, we also use solar to power our devices.
Our food is good and plentiful. We usually have rice, roti dahl and a few other dishes each night. Lunch while on the river usually comprises of hard boiled eggs, a dish of cold cooked veggies, and hot spiced tea. Even in the hot sun, the tea tastes terrific. Along the way we’ll stop and get food in villages as we pass by. It’s interesting to see everyone’s different palates and preferences. Jiao Jiao loves meat so the boys supporting us were able to find her lamb on day. Olfat makes a tahini sauce to satisfy her cravings. Though we have varying tastes and preferences, we all love the food in India and can’t complain!
As a group we end up using a lot of water to wash hands, dishes, cook and of course, to drink. There is always a water pump (usually more than one) in town. This water comes from the ground rather than the river. We usually fill up every morning and bottle some up to use throughout the day.