Sunday, May 31–Our second day in Bangalore started off with a stroll through Cubbon Park, which is right in the center of the city. This very large park is home to all sorts of sights: large clumps of bamboo with carvings on their thick trunks, trees with branches going every which way, some broad enough for people to take naps on. There are beautiful flowers, fountains, the High Court of Karnataka building and the State Central Library. Just outside of the park are other government buildings, including the Vidhana Soudha, home to Karnataka’s state legislature.
As we walked through the park, we stopped to pet dogs, talked to families enjoying a Sunday stroll and got our pictures taken with Bangaloreans. As we neared the end of our stroll, we saw a fairly thin but still impressive snake, about 4 feet long, winding through the grass near a picnicking family.
Right outside the park were street vendors selling fruits, popsicles, cotton candy and delicious juice freshly made from sugar cane, which all of us tried. It tasted like a sweeter version of pineapple juice, and I strongly recommend it anyone who has the opportunity to try it. Some of us ordered a second cup.
After an eventful morning and with everyone’s feet burning from all the walking we did, we took a break from exploring the city to prepare for the week of reporting ahead. Jain University, in a building conveniently located next door to our hotel. The hotel Wifi is a tad on the unreliable side, but we’re journalists, so we make it work.
For dinner, we went to a beautiful, authentic Indian restaurant called Rasovara at a fancy mall called UB City in the upscale part of Bangalore. We were served on oval platters containing multiple small dishes filled with foods unique to India. The food takes some getting used to, like the pani puri, small puffed bread over which you pour a watery but savory liquid. Then you pop the whole thing into your mouth. It’s very delicious.
After dinner, we met with Vivek Mathew, a prominent photographer in Bangalore, at an ice cream parlor called Art of Design where some of his work hangs on the walls. Mathews gave us a few tips on how to shoot different kinds of photos. Afterwards, we devoured delicious ice cream.– Alicia Bermudez