Day 15: The Negotiation

Hey everyone! Caroline here again.  Since Sunday is our day off, we all slept in and woke up to a yet another lovely breakfast prepared by Sanjay.  We then spent a couple of hours relaxing and chatting until we decided it was time to explore Vadodara.

Around 11AM, we headed out to shop at a few Vadodara markets and were fortunate enough to have the company of Salmaben.  She was a huge help in navigating the stores and bargaining our way to some nice presents for friends and family. Top tip: if the price is too high and you start walking out of the store, it will immediately get cheaper! (I wish this worked in America sometimes.)  

 

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This is what we tried to do when bargaining. 

After quite a sweltering hot afternoon of shopping, Salmaben treated us to some refreshing coconut water.  We watched as a man with a machete hacked away at a giant coconut until it was open just enough to stick a straw in and enjoy. The fun didn’t quite stop there because after we drank the coconut water, the man insisted on cracking the coconut open so we could have the meat.

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A close-up of our delicious green coconut!

Before heading back to the guesthouse, we stopped at Bombay Sandwich, a restaurant Keny would not stop talking about from her previous trip and we enjoyed yummy veggie sandwiches and devoured a mountain of potato chips. Very full from our large lunch, we headed straight back to the guesthouse and all laid down in our beds for some relaxation time. Shortly thereafter, Nisha sadly had to leave us to drive back to Ahmedabad and fly back to the United States. We all said goodbye to Nisha, gave her big hugs, and she was on her way (we’re wishing her luck this summer!). Towards the end of the night, the four of us remaining packed our bags for our trip to Mumbai and went straight to bed for our early morning travel!

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This sandwich shop claimed to be unique. (There were 5 stands with the same name down the street)

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