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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur August 19th 2005

Yay! I made it out of the country! I am in Amsterdam on a 2-hour layover after a sleepless flight, on my way to New Delhi. The airport here is AMAZING, save the not-so-friendly-looking guy who greets you with a machine gun as you exit the airplane. Other than that, this airport is spotless, has high-speed internet, lots of food, shopping....I may just vacation here;-) For those of you who like drama, something crazy happened to my left ear on my flight to Minneapolis, and now I can barely hear out of it. It made me realize that I would rather lose my sight, my limbs, *anything* before I would want to lose my hearing. I'm sure it'll be better after I've had a chance to rest. Anyway, lots of love to all of you! Cheers, ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur August 13th 2005

saturday aug 13 I FINALLY GOT TO RIDE A CAMEL!!!! short ride. basically just around the block. i was laughing the whoooole time! arielle was behind me on and was perhaps not as happy as i was, as she remembers riding camels through israel when she was 15 and how much they hurt after a while. BUT IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! so cheers to crossing off another life goal on my "50+ things to do before i die" list... ride camel (clyde, i decided, would be the best name for him) also, off the top of my head... i know that visiting the taj mahal was also on the list, as well as staying in world capitals, so simply grabbing a hotel in delhi automatically crosses off another. oh, and swimming in oceans and seas... ... read more
ah, inventive indians

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur July 14th 2005

what a depressing day. trying to search for job/apartment ideas. in vain. HOWEVER, we still have HOPE! because we're FABULOUS and we fucking deserve a lovely apartment and our DREAM JOBS.... whatever they may be. we will go. we will see. and we will conquer. just like we've been doing for the first couple decades of our lives. Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 00:57:07 -0700 (PDT) From: "molly Subject: class notes and whatnot from l'india To: classnotes2005@gmail.com CC: "Arielle Molly Baade & Arielle Abeyta took off four days after commencement to go gallivanting through the subcontinent of India for the summer. The first half of the trip was a religious pilgrimage of sorts and the second half will be spent on the beach with beer. They will return to Philly in August where they will find ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur July 1st 2005

july 1 assholes! the 500 RS that i put down for 3 books that i borrowed a couple of weeks ago has been taken by the guy who rented them to me, as he went home, and now they're not sure if they can give me my 500 RS back. grrr. i'll come tomorrow morning before we catch our train out of here. we're supposed to leave tomorrow morning. we'll see how that goes. apparently we can just get our tickets right before we leave. ... right. we're not so sure that we won't end up right back at the ganpati by like 11:00 AM. trains to gaya only run on thursday and saturday. so if we miss it... we're stuck in varanasi for another week. unless we find a bus. another tin can on wheels ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur June 30th 2005

june 30 random thoughts by mbaade... the photos are taking forever to upload. this is turning out to be quite the process. once they're done (might be a few times over a few days) the website will be posted. my mouth hurts. so does my back. perhaps it's time to splurge on another professional massage. i might even try the fruit one. just because. why not? we're having issues today. both melancholy. i crave salt. she craves sugar. i'm getting bored with anna kerenina. good book. but now i just want anna to hurry up and kill herself so i can see how she dies. maybe all of this death and mortality in good ol' varanasi is taking its toll on me. our hotel manager guy thinks we're crazy. so does dil. i'm sure they all ... read more

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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur June 14th 2005

what the hell? michael jackson was acquitted? gah. once again goes to show that money can buy anything. so weak. had some bread yesterday. more today. enough to take some painkillers and a multivitamin. slept for 14 hours last night. so glad this happened up here in the mountains where the heat is non existant. going to email our travel book "let's go" and let them know what we think about the goddamn om hotel. grrr. sorry haven't been emailing people. will get back on that sometime... ***** definitely starting to feel better. went out for kebabs and naan this afternoon, and then went to see a movie, 'be cool'. 30 RS ... so less than a dollar. the boy who works at this internet cafe never charges us full price. he's sweet. i'm going to ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur June 5th 2005

june 4, 2005 mmmm we got ayurvedic oil massages today. one and a half hours of having a husband and wife team pour and massage oil into every pore of our bodies. i had the husband and he was delightfully violent with my muscles. my skin scalp and hair will smell like this for weeks, i am sure. right now there is a cultural show of sorts happening down the street from the hotel, just across from this internet cafe. same place the dalai lama lo was the other day. it's in rememberance of tiananmen square massacre in 1989. everything is very anti-china here, as was expected. we just stopped by to watch girls dancing. all dressed in pink. so much jewelry and makeup. they looked like they were having so much fun! okay, time to ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur June 2nd 2005

After a month of Goan beaches it was back to the cattle train, destination, ‘The Real India.’ We arrived at 5:30am just in time to witness the sleeping city of Mumbai manifest itself into a whirlwind of pure chaos. The morning ritual of relieving ones bladder is no different in India, some men lined the gutters whilst others found it necessary to mark their territory on nearby walls. Ahhhh, now we must be back in, ‘The Real India.’ Our accommodation resembled something like a 4th class cabin on a cruise ship. Two single beds, measuring the length of the room, a window and a bedside table measuring the gap between the two beds. It was a tight fit to say the least, especially when both occupants are six foot three and six foot four. Our great ... read more
Keeping the mosquitoes out of Jodhpur...
Enjoying the festival
Bone-dry lake

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur May 28th 2005

Where to start? We're the local entertainment in our dorm/compound. We did laundry outside yesterday and today. Always get big crowds with that as we put on as little clothing as possible and get ourselves completely soaked while the women squat in their full saris and don't seem to get a drop on them. We wash them outside in the main tiled courtyard on the ground under the water spouts. The women watched, laughed, and finally one woman came up and took our laundry away (the stuff we'd already cleaned and were getting ready to rinse) and washed them for us - again - showing us the right way, beating it on the ground. One woman asked us with hand motions and broken english why we didn't use a washing machine. We just shrugged and went ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur May 26th 2005

In Amritsar. Didn't sleep much last night, took off at 6:00am to get to the train station this morning. Long ass ride with screaming children. Agriculture. Rice. Fruit trees. Jilns for bricks. Corn. Strange haystacks. But we finally arrived. The only non-indian tourists we could see, accosted by drivers. Eventually made it to the info center - notsohelpful. Aot an autorickshaw to the Temple. Found the info center. Again, notsomuch very helpful. Went to go find lodging. Are staying in the free open beds at the Temple. Ate lunch at the langar with free dal and bread. We're such a rare sight - reminds me of China. Walking around inside the Temple boys come up and shake our hands and ask to have pictures taken with us. Old women smile and want photos taken with us, ... read more
orange turban
happy children
women in the water




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