We had another wonderful day in New Delhi. After breakfast and our morning devotions, our driver took us to meet Prem, and the tailoring staff and students, at the Mela Handicraft Fair. Think the MN State Fair meets a Flee Market. Crafters from all over Asia come here to sell their goods.
The students went out on their own and we stayed with Prem and the teachers. This was the first time we’d done this and a great opportunity to spend time getting to know these ladies. We bought them all lunch, watched dancers from Napal, New Zealand, and India; and walked from booth to booth, inspecting the handmade items from many different countries
. Garrett and I (Gloria) simultaneously joined in different “mini stages” and tried our hand at Indian dancing . The staff really got a kick out of that and the crowds were taking lots of pictures of “the respected foreigners”.
We walked with the ladies as they shopped for fabrics, furniture, and small gifts for family. Towards the end, some of us found a couple of things to bring home.
In the evening we were dropped off at a restaurant to grab dinner. Our team decided they wanted to be adventurous and take rickshaws back to the hotel. And, what an adventure it was! Kurt and I squished into one with Hannah, while Chris rode with the boys. We laughed, (and screamed!) most of the way back as we weaved between cars, did u-turns in the middle of 4 lanes of traffic, and followed so closely to a big orange truck that we were expecting to collided at anytime.
Back at the Justa Hotel, we met for our debrief and evening devotions. Bryce led us today and had some great insights.