Today was embassy day! Everything went smoothly, except for the ride there. Our taxi driver had to stop three times to ask for directions! (For those of you who aren't sure what embassy day means, it was to begin the process for Anya Rashi's travel visa, which will be completed in Kolkata.)
The immigration officer, Officer Patel, is Indian but grew up in California. He is working here for two years, and isn't sure if he wants to stay -- the summers are too hot. His brother lives in Chicago, so he asked us how cold it was when we left. :o)
Afterwards, we decided to see a little more of Delhi. We went to Humayun's Tomb, which is closely related to the Taj Mahal, but not nearly as famous. It was built by Haji Begum to memorialize her husband Humayun. It was built before the Taj, and the Taj was modeled after it. The banyan trees in the gardens have been there since the Mughal era (1500s).
We also spent a little time at Purana Qila, a fortress built from 1538-1545 by Sher Shah, who briefly interrupted Humayun's rule. While we were there, we got to listen to the Symphony Orchestra of Parma, Italy! They were rehearsing for an outdoor concert that evening. It was quite a bizarre combination of sights and sounds.
One funny note for all you Wisconsinites: there was an article on the front page of today's Delhi Times about yesterday being the coldest day in three years. The low was 50 and the high was 70!! Everywhere we go, people (especially children) are bundled up in layers, sweaters, hats, and even winter coats (on some little kids).
The best part of this day has been knowing that we're so close to meeting Anya Rashi. Going to the embassy really solidified that for us! Tomorrow, we will shop for a few gifts to bring home, then go to the airport for our late-afternoon flight to Kolkata. Then, Wednesday is the big day!