Spent the night in a guest house in Mumbai and the next day, after no sleep, we went to see a local temple. We offered flowers and our team leader, Bernie, had the priest return his offering with a baby coconut which is considered auspicious (good). We then got our flight on an ATR 27 to Hubli where we were received by the Rotary Club here with a little ceremony in the terminal. We then travelled to our host homes by car. My host home is two doctors, a sport injury (orthopedic) doctor and an anesthesiologist who own a small multi-specialty hopital next door. The whole three story hospital is not much bigger than my house in NJ. It is very basic in comparison to ours but has everything one could need. I got a brief tour. It has an ICU, a casualty and resuscitation room (ER) three operating rooms, one for minor procedures, one for abdominals and gyn, and one for ortho. It is just incredible. Today is Red Monday of a festival to celebrate harvest and spring coming. We visited a home of other Rotarians and exchanged sweets. Then we came home for a bit then went to a wedding reception for two doctors.I was bad and ate street food at the reception, but only the food the doctors (my hosts) said was okay to eat! So far I am okay. I am definitely not going to lose weight here! India is all about food. And the food is really good! It is much better than the driving. The streets are choas with people cutting in and out and honking constantly. But there doesn't seem to be any road rage and I haven't yet seen an accident. The people walk anywhere and I felt really weird walking down the middle of the road in Mumbai and dodging honking cars. You wouldn't dare do it in NYC or you'd get hit. Or given the finger. There are stray dogs everywhere and I have been careful to avoid them. They are as common as squirrels in NJ. Some people do keep dogs as pets and I saw a yellow lab at one point but it's rare I'm told.
Well, it's after midnight (Monday going into Tuesday) here and I gotta get up at 0800. Good night for now.