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This was not the trip they had in mind. This was not the romantic adventure they had saved all that money for. But instead of going back to Delhi they went to sleep.
The next morning we woke up cold and hungry. Wild dogs ran away with our last bit of peanut brittle. Fog rose from the garbage filled water. It felt surreal.
As the mist cleared we heard the sound of a large animal crossing the water. It turned out to be four men on a cart being pulled by a water buffalo. Our original wariness of strangers quickly evaporated.
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These men had come to offer us chai and bread and we thankfully accepted. We played charades and conveyed our plan to row down the river.
They seemed somewhat impressed with the bright blue boat sticking out of the grey and brown surroundings. This was the first morning, this was not the last time our stove failed, nor was it the last time we were saved by the hospitality and generosity of the locals around us.