I am not 100% better yet, but I’m confident in saying I’m on the mend. Now my appetite is returning, I need to eat a lot to put some weight back on and regain my strength. I’m eating at westernised cafes, as I still can’t face eating cheap Indian food yet. I’m relishing being a little carefree about what I spend on food, enjoying nice meals I wouldn’t normally buy if I’m feeling healthy. I ate twice today, both times at The Mark Café, which has proven itself to consistently push out nice food. Late morning I got a sandwich with fries with a mixed fruit smoothie, followed by a continental breakfast with another mixed fruit smoothie. In the evening I returned to get tomato-basil pasta, vegetable curry and a banana and peanut butter smoothie. While not enjoying these two culinary adventures, I hung out in my room. I had a cold shower (disappointingly, as the place advertises itself as having 24-hour hot water) and washed my hair, so I feel much fresher than I’ve felt lately. I also hand-washed a bunch of clothes. I am not sure if I will leave Varanasi Thursday or Friday. I am so keen to get out of here right now, but I know that I should wait until I feel closer to good health.

Flashback to better times – making friends

Accommodation $ Guesthouse
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 16,951km