Hey all, the following are photos from our first few weeks in Pune–the good, the better, and the weird! For full photo captions, hover or click. Because we didn’t have a kitchen until just recently, we’ve been eating outside a lot, so here are some of the meals we had, plus some light local tourism that has helped us get acquainted with the city a bit.
Some points of interest shown here are: Panchavati, Hoppipola, Cafe Peterdonuts, Cafe Maroo, and other street sights in Aundh.
This photo only shows two people though they were riding threesies because the third got off to avoid traffic police at the intersection, so we waited for him a safe distance away.
A bigger pond at Panchavati. Check out the tiny people at eye level on the other side!
An edible spoon!
Our very first sugarcane after purchasing phones! A successful day.
Some yummy chaat after our little trek
Checking out Panchavati hills
A pond at Panchavati
Public service announcement (PSA) in Pune
Do you see any peacocks? There was a whole family of them!
At the top of Panchavati
Our first paan! Betel leaf+areca nuts with some herbal masala and even some dried coconut; breath-freshening and digestive properties.
Korean food at Cafe Maroo, local Pune Korean restaurant!
Hoppipola’s fancy tiled bathroom
Some interesting fusiony lunch.
The moon over the horizon during our flight from Frankfurt to Mumbai.
Peterdonuts. One word. They have a surprisingly extensive Korean food selection.
Let’s see, what have we here? Chattushringi Temple, the Foreign Registration Office (FRO)/Police Commisioner Office–the site of very extensive and tedious paperwork and many hours spent waiting on different days, Little Italy (a restaurant, not a neighborhood), and the Institute!
The Foreign Registration Office, with which we are all too familiar at this point.
Some temple dogs that wanted to eat our prasad as they heard the packages crinkling. They followed us for a few steps until we gave them some, realized they didn’t like it, spit it out, and sat back down.
Sleepy dog at the FRO.
Fun to try McDonald’s once in a different place. Spicy Paneer Wrap was good, but the Chicken Maharaja Mac was kind of mystery meat-ish and just meh. Eaten while waiting for the FRO to process our paperwork.
Some funky green drinks at Little Italy. Plus an all-in-one call bell. I’ve only seen the kind ubiquitous in Korean restaurants, but this is next level specific!
The face of VICTORY. Those stamps mean we succeeded at getting police verification for the document inside. Not as easy as it sounds.
Juggling in the atrium at the Institute.
Ad in Indian newspaper promoting shopping-tourism in Malaysia
Tree in the street-river. Walking along the side of the street is often easier than walking on the sidewalk. Plus, the cars can’t get too close since there’s a tree there!
The top of Chattushringi Temple.
A nice view of Pune from the top of the temple hill.
Pigeons that like to hang out overhead at the Institute.
Here we have: Shaniwar Wada, Pateleshwar Cave Temple, the Westin Hotel (Koregaon Park), Pune Market (Mundhwa), and Mainland China.
Ohai, Nandi. At Pataleshwar Cave Temple
Making trouble at the very fancy Westin Hotel, which is shaped like a cruise ship
At Shaniwar Wada. Some kids using the grounds as a cricket pitch, except they were using stones so one had to keep their eyes peeled and avoid getting in the way!
Hehe cute: ice cream satay
Enjoying some delectable Goan food
Yurm Kerala-style fried fish
Mechanized sugar cane stall
The stall guy wanted a picture of these exotic people enjoying their product
Palace gate with old school defenses
Entrance to the Pune Food Market
Mens toilet, where men change the nappies.
Super steep and narrow staircase up to the palace ramparts
Decorative pillars. As I photographed these, we were spotted by an Indian family who wanted their children to take photos with us. In the surprise, I forgot to ask them for one, too.
On the ramparts we walk while those below rest their legs
Do you see the detail on that cannon??
Chopsticks 101 at Mainland China!
S being our historical tour guide. Very professorial.
Inside the walls of Shaniwar Wada.
And some more in and near our new apartment.
Our first home-cooked meal (if you don’t count Maggi) and a very tired TA. Yes, noodles and soy sauce are very important parts of our pantry.
Friends who bring pizza and beer to your new flat so you don’t have to cook! Not pictured: scaredy-cat me listening as we exchanged ghost stories.
And a massive herd of goats that unexpectedly showed up on our way to the office. There were way more than this, but I was caught off-guard and didn’t want to get in the way!
Piglet and I trying to learn the prime numbers from 1-100
Found on Baner Road.
Look who gave a talk! No, he did not juggle during the talk. And those pins are borrowed.
Amul doodh/milk truck
Breakfast of champions. A mango a day… keeps one’s stomach happy.
PSA: Boys/Girls No Smoking. My interpretation is that boys and girls shouldn’t smoke in general, not necessarily that smoking in general is prohibited in this area. What do you think?
Mangoes direct from the orchard! So these aren’t just any old mangoes. They’re a special variety known as Alphonso mangoes. They go for upwards of Rs450 in markets.