So we were killing time before a train and we went to a textiles store. I was looking at the fabrics because “that’s how I do” and the salesman kept insisting I try one on. I kept insisting that I definitely wasn’t going to buy it but after I was sure he understood that and kept pressing me, I caved. I secretly wanted to try one on since I got there. Jason was allowed...
We made it to Thailand and this is what we found. Sushi and hotpot conveyor belt . Yesssssssss. More posts and photos about our Indian adventures soon!
Jaipur part 2
The next morning I felt much better and we headed out with our original driver (but one hour earlier than he wanted) to the Amber Fort. The fort is a bit outside Jaipur, perched on a cliff. We had hoped to ride an elephant up the incline because it would be fun and save us some walking but when we got there, the line was an hour long and we found out it cost about USD20 instead of the expected 4. ...
Jaipur is for terrible
The next day we left early in the morning for Jaipur. The train ride was short, two hours, but a bit unpleasant. We had booked AC chair car which has seats similar to airplane seats but we happened to get placed in the middle of the car where the seats switched directions and faced each other. There were three seats on each side of a table. This itself wouldn’t have been so bad, but the...
Birds in Bharatpur
Our first stop was Bharatpur where there is a national bird reserve, Keoladeo. We got up early the next day, ate breakfast and headed out to the park. Our birding experience started in the hotel driveway where the owner pointed out a pair of tiny owls hiding in the electricity switch box. AAAadorable. The morning was super foggy, as usual, but I guess that day the fog was several hours late...
So since Jason and I don’t really talk to anyone besides each other and people speaking English as a second language, we have picked up some of the mannerisms we see often. One is the ubiquitous Indian head wobble. We have all seen it on shows such as “Outsourced” and much fun seems to be made about it, but it is not really exaggerated at all. At least in Delhi, the wobble is...
What we have learned
Basically, in India, if you say or think any thing that you could put “I would assume…” before, you are wrong. Examples: Since it’s cold in the mountains, hotels would be heated. The rickshaw shouldn’t be more than 50 rupees. The bus ride is only thirty minutes.how much could go wrong? RE: the bus ride: WE SHALL SEE
Part of our morning routine...
(when we were in Delhi)
Hospital and laundry and steak adventure
Our last weekend in Delhi we had planned to go see some of the big sights we had missed previously due to being sick lazy otherwise preoccupied. These plans came to a screeching halt on Thursday night when Jason started complaining of being sicker than normal (WHY IS THERE A NORMAL AMOUNT OF SICK HERE) and started shaking and had a fever. We decided to take him to the doctor the next day and make...
Travel tip #3523
If you need to get a visa to enter another country, do not wait until right before you go to the office to gather your materials. Even if you have glanced through the list and determined you have everything you need, make sure all the items are in one place and in the correct format. Doing this will ensure you make it to the visa office at your scheduled time. For INSTANCE… If you need...
The water situation
I haven’t talked about the water situation here but it is an interesting way that Delhi has chosen to deal with supplying water to its residents as well as a constant source of frustration for us. In the US water is available in the faucets all the time. When you turn the faucet or shower or garden hose on, the water comes from the water lines that are set up by the government. I never...
Jason is sick again
And I’m on my way…. :((((((((((((((((((
I figured out how to compress my video of the elephant parade. Might want to turn your volume down…
February and March
February is a big month for us. On Sunday we’ll be leaving for a three week long tour through Rajasthan, the desert of India. We’ll hit: Bharatpur, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Mt. Abu, Jodhpur (the blue city!), and Jaisalmer (+CAMEL RIDES). And then the last week in February, we’ll be heading to Kerala for about 5 days because we have heard lots about the amazing houseboats and...
The next day we went on two “hikes”. One up and around a mountain top to visit Mukteshwar temple and the other to “Sunset Point” where there were 360 degree veiws from a mountain top. As we arrived at the temple, three young men hurried forward, eager to offer their tour services. We weren’t sure what kind of tour we needed to walk up a path to a temple that was...