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Jan 6, 2016 - Beggars, fake priests, and kids - oh my

We don't want to deal in cliche or overstatement, but a stroll on a city street in just about any city in India offers a glimpse of the challenge visitors have in this country. When shops and businesses are open, the crowds are tremendous. Sidewalks are business spaces, so you find yourself walking in the street, dodging tuk tuks, motorcycles, cows, cars and buses. Horns blare constantly. Trash and waste are underfoot. Stray dogs are in epidemic numbers. Open sewers are common in old parts of town. Holes and hazards abound, liability...

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Jan 4, 2016 - Food, money, and other practical things

Pushkar is a city focused on the holy Brahman lake Pushkar Sarovar. Because of the sacred nature of the area, the town is 100% vegetarian, alcohol free, and strict in terms of public display of affection. Vegetarian here includes no eggs, but does allow dairy such as butter, yogurt, and cheese. Food is spicy. Sometimes less, often more, but spicy. Our New Year dinner included a spaghetti with a meat sauce that had been spiced beyond expectations. Restaurants are generous with sauces and gravies, in part as an extender. The common bread...

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Jan 3, 2016 - Mo's camera may be fixed

One cannot multi-task in India. Doing anything out of the ordinary is three times the effort back home. The Internet is extraordinary for helping solve problems, but one must invest huge phyiscal energy to get around if nothing else. Mo's camera is an example. Jim used Google to find an authorized Nikon dealer in town as well as to map its location. Google maps claimed a mere 30 minute walk. Jim figured three days to allow for crossing streets in one piece and getting off course. Our guide hired a tuktuk for us. Camera clutched tightly, we...

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Jan 2, 2016 - Content warning: Toilets and sanitation

We are often asked about these subjects. We will spare you photos of the subjects in question. Those of more sensitive nature may wish to skip this post altogether. We packed two rolls of our own toilet paper, and Mo carries a number of tissue packs with her. We also have hand sanitizer. Toilets are both western sit style and squat style. Western are typical in our hotels. Squat are typical of any public space from trains and stations to parks and markets. Regardless of style, if toilet paper is available, it never goes into the toilet...

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Jan 2, 2016 - New Year's Eve Kharma in the Blue City

Jodhpur is the Blue City, called that because of neighborhoods painted blue. Blue is associated with gods, the Brahmin priestly/ruling class, and mosquito repellent. In Egypt, blue was claimed to be scorpion repellent. The dominant fortress of Meherangarh is one of the best sites of its type we have ever visited. Well presented and thoughtfully interpreted by a trust established by a royal family going back 300 years. We got there via a six hour train. Onboard, Jim had climbed into an empty sleeping berth for a multi hour nap while Mo...

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Jan 1, 2016 - Jim wrecks Mo's camera

After Jim was released from his hotel room (see previous entry) he did set out for a walk. His first objective was to get cash. In an economy in which a cup of tea is 10 and a simple restaurant dish 150-200-300, even 500 rupee notes go relatively quickly. Cash realized, now Jim just wanted to walk. He had gone maybe 30 minutes when he reconnected with Mo and others. Feeling tired and wanting food, he asked if Mo would stop with him at Monica Restaurant. Like most things in India, the restaurant was up a flight and a half of steep stairs....

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Dec 29, 2015 - Painful and annoying episodes that make good travel stories later

In Delhi, I had a sleepless night because of back pain. Waves of pain would roil across my back. I thought I was passing a kidney stone. I paced, sat up, tried to sleep, and paced again. The old fashioned spring mattress meant that every move Mo made would attack my back. It took all day to figure out that I was having caffene withdrawal. The hotel coffee was simply too weak to sustain me. A trip to Cafe Coffee Day was the cure. Yes, I am an addict. That day we tried hiring a tuk tuk (3 wheel mini cab) to haul us to a site. We negotiated a...

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Dec 28, 2015 - Moving right along

We are touring India with Intrepid Travel. Go to intrepidtravel.com and search for India Unplugged. It is a pleasure to have transport, lodging, and other details taken care for us. There are 12 of us under the care of a leader from east India. We are a mom and daughter from New Zealand, two couples from Australia, a retired Australian parlimemtarian, a young professional woman from Boise, an Aussie young man recentLy separated from the Army, and a nurse from England. The group has come together quite well. It will be my policy not to...

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Jul 20, 2015 - Dagje Jaipur

Zeven uur wake up call ‘and off we go again’. Het was erg warm en niet onverstandig om vroeg op pad te gaan. We gingen de stad Jaipur bekijken. Onze nieuwe gids kwam de bus in en moest blijkbaar even warm draaien. Na vijf “Good mornings” en drie keer “Ladies and gentlemen”, begon hij zijn uiteindelijk zijn grondig voorbereidde introductie: “Good morning ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Jaipur”. . Hij vertelde dat we in het nieuwe deel van Jaipur naar Albert Hall zouden gaan, net buiten de poorten van de oude stad. Jaipur wordt ook wel...

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Mar 7, 2015 - Udiapur

Saturday 7th March 2015 We have a leisurely breakfast as we’re not getting picked up until 12.30pm – so it’s a bit of time to get some rays by the pool – we are the only ones! As this hotel sits on a hill in a village, we look down on the goings-on of our village neighbours – and it’s a real slice of life. People cooking, washing, doing every day things in their little houses whilst we look down from on high – and I wonder at the gulf in finances between us and them – Is it obscene that we can spend so much on a night here when it’s...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Delwara

Friday 6th March 2015 We are not leaving until after lunch, so we trot on down to the separate gymnasium building and borrow a couple of racquets to play squash – now Dear Reader – every squash court I’ve played on in the last 45 years has had a sprung wooden floor – what we get in Jodhpur is a Marble floor and walls – with a glass back – really strange – and noisy/slippy – so we only play one game – Who won – Carolyn of course! Today is Holi Day, where folk throw coloured dyes at each other in some ritualistic celebration, but as we are...

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Mar 4, 2015 - Jodhpur and other Footwear.

Wednesday 4th March 2015 After another excellent breakfast we are off at 9.30am for the five hour drive, plus a lunch stop, to Jodhpur. As usual the driving is not for the faint hearted - glad Shankar is doing it! Now, we thought the last place was good, but at Jodhpur, the Taj hotel is magnificent. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is just that and part of it is still the Maharaja’s Palace – simply stunning. We are greeted with another rose petal reception, huge domed reception area, glass of fizz to welcome. Then we are given a triple upgrade to a...

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