We slept late, enjoyed the hotel bed, hotel tub, and the hotel pool. AKA, we enjoyed Westin Pune’s facilities 1 more day. We left for the airport early in the evening for our flight to Hyderabad.
Something very interesting that I remember at the “bag x-ray machine” in the Pune airport. There was a guy ahead of us, he got pulled aside so they could go through his bag after the scanner. When I say “go through” his bag, what I mean is, so they could throw his stuff out and toss it around. As the guard picked up a ziplock bag with powdery substance, he asked the passenger, “what is this?” he answered, it’s my mother’s ash. Guard answered, “ok.” And tossed it to the side. Tossed it. ?!?! I mean, camannnnn, I know they weren’t big on smiling, but to toss aside someone’s dead mother’s ashes? Wild.. I looked at the guy and gave him my condolences, he said thank you with a polite smile. As he walked away, he stuffed his things back in his bag, he took one last look at the guard who was now preoccupied “checking” another passenger’s bag, he muttered under his breath, “asshole.” Marco and I were thinking the same thing..
The flight to Hyderabad was a quick 1 hour 50 minute flight. We arrived at 9:25 pm, and within 30 minutes we were at the hotel. We checked in at the Red fox, a couple, couple, coupleeeee notches down compared to the Westin Pune Koregaon Park Hotel.
Since we had that quick nap in the plane, we were up for some exploring and walked the streets of Hyderabad at 10 pm. We are, after all, made of steel. Or so we thought anyway.
You put it at the tip of your tongue for a few seconds and suck on it. If it stains yellow, then that’s when you know that it’s the real deal. If it stains red, it’s the colored one, meaning, you got ripped off!
Saffron is one the most expensive spices on earth. It is used in paella, risotto, and also makes for healthy tea. The store owner said that in Jaipur, they put saffron in their tea because it warms the body. They also give this tea to pregnant women.
A little tip on cooking with saffron. “Let it sit in a little warm water first to draw out the golden color. Also, adding it later on in cooking gives the dish more flavor.” www.robinskey.com
To make tea, place 3-4 strands of saffron in warm water for 10 minutes. Pour hot water, and add a little honey.
Excited to see Hyderabad tom!