Hello from India! I’m currently in my room at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, taking a quiet break from filming a new series to write this column.
It’s been a whirlwind few days and despite the jet lag, the fear of getting Delhi belly (which thankfully I can report I’ve not yet suffered) and filming 16 hour days, we’re having a blast.
I absolutely love exploring new countries and cultures, and what better place to do this than India?
I’ve travelled quite a bit in my 35 (nearly 36) years and India has always been at the top of my hit list. So I was delighted when it came up as a place to visit during this series.
We have until Saturday in New Delhi and then we’re getting an internal plane down to Udaipur which I’m also looking forward to. The place where we’re staying is like a palace on a lake, so needless to say that will be interesting.
Despite feeling like someone who is relatively well-cultured and well-travelled, the first night we arrived here, all sleepy-eyed and drowsy, I had a craving for Chinese food.
I know, how awful that I’m in India but I fancy the cuisine of another country!
But a girl wants what a girl wants, and I was fortunate enough to be in a hotel with an exceptional Chinese restaurant headed up by London’s Andrew Wong. So that’s where the crew ate on their first night in India – at a Chinese.
I really do have so much class!
We’re staying and filming at the Oberoi, and I have to admit the service here is genuinely world class.
I’ve stayed in some beautiful, five star places all over the world, but few have come close to matching the Oberoi’s attention to their guests.
I must say ‘thank-you’ about 1,000 times a day, because there are genuine reasons why I should thank someone 1,000 times a day.
You can’t do anything here, it’s all done for you and as a stereotypical Brit I find it hard having my every need tended to.
I even ventured into the gym – twice – and there’s a butler waiting to hand you a fresh towel, cold water and raw pressed juice?
Well, why not…thank you!
It was the restaurant and cinema that persuaded me
On the plane over I read an article in Stylist magazine about a new craze that is apparently about to sweep Britain.
It’s called co-living and the concept is based around student living – where people can either share dorms or have private rooms and bathrooms, but enjoy shared facilities.
It’s big in London, where people are choosing to spend their cash on this type of accommodation, rather than renting their own place.
Initially I thought I could never do it, but when I learnt about the shared gymnasium that often comes complete with its own spa, shops and restaurants, plus a cinema.
I could start seeing the potential in co-living…could you?
I may look tough but I’m just a big softy – and I don’t care
As I mentioned above, I’m filming a TV series and we’re currently in India and will be heading to Abu Dhabi after this. So far it’s been an incredible experience and we’re only four days into a 16-day trip.
I miss Matt and my family like crazy and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed some tears before I left. I know, I’m such a sad sap, but I can’t help it.
The crew arrived at my house to pick me up but I ran back to Matt at least twice in front of them and the taxi driver.
I’m the biggest softy you’ll ever come across and I don’t think it’s a weakness to show it – even if I am supposed to be a tough, hard-nosed director.
I may as well start as I mean to go on, right?