During our second weekend in India, we went to a town called Mysore, which is about 3 hours away from Bangalore. We opted to take the train, which had us feeling like we were on the Hogwarts Express. We had our own compartment, and I was ready for the cart to come by with chocolate frogs. Alas, no such luck.
Mysore is a very touristy town with a stunning palace and many temples. Our first temple was covered in scaffolding, and was spontaneously closed from 2-4. Well, you can guess what time we got there, and we chose not to wait the extra two hours. We hiked down to the big black bull. It’s actually tricky to get your picture with the bull, as you’re not allowed to wear shoes and the stone floor is very hot.
The inside of Mysore Palace is incredibly intricate, and Alec sneakily snapped some pictures of the walls. (Even after a guard threatened to fine him $20. I married a rebel, what can I do?) We also caught sight of the palace elephants making their march, and they were enormous and covered in jewels. We also checked out the outdoor flower market nearby, and I couldn’t help but buy the watercolor powder. It’s just too pretty.
The next morning we stopped by the sand sculpture museum, which I promise was not as lame as it sounds. The artist, turns out, has won awards worldwide for her sand sculptures. Maybe I’ll give it a go during our next beach trip… you never know when you can find a dormant talent. Finally, we drove out to a remote temple, which was really beautiful, (despite the blaring music—that seemed out of place).
The rest of the week was a little bit of a blur because we were anxiously awaiting match day! Alec and Connor got to work with the Chaplain team at the hospital. Here in the states, patients only see the chaplain when they request one, but at Bangalore Baptist, the chaplain team makes a point of seeing every single patient in the hospital. They get to know everyone, hear their stories, and offer words of encouragement and prayer when needed. They even follow up with patients after they leave the hospital.
The Chaplain team is so well led that they have a fellowship program for aspiring young chaplains. They asked Alec to lead a bible study, so he prepared for what he thought was going to be a discussion in a small group. As it turns out, by “bible study,” they essentially mean sermon, and Alec ended up speaking at the pulpit in front of the whole program. Then they found out he plays guitar, so the next day he was expected to lead worship for the group. (Note to self—never admit to playing musical instruments.)
Next week, I’ll finish the India series. I can’t believe it’s almost been a month since we got home! We sure loved this grand adventure!