Blogs from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Asia - page 80


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


Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur May 19th 2005

India was at the top of my list of where I wanted to travel outside of Japan. So...I finally made it. Myself and 6 friends took on a small part of India (Rajasthan) for about 2 weeks in March. India is huge....2 weeks doesn't even come close to the amount of time you'd need to spend there to see and experience it all. We arrived in Delhi around 3am and headed out early the next day to start the journey. We decided to hire our own personal van and driver because it saved time and money in the long run. The downside to this was that these companies have "friends" all over the touristy cities. That means that they always want to take you to certain restuarants, hotels, or shops where they will get commission. Our ... read more
the bazaar
what to eat...

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur May 10th 2005

mbaade's visa update: Called the embassy. They say they never received any money. The mailroom had none, so they returned my paperwork. I, of course, know this cannot be true because I put the money order in the envelope myself and I watched the postal employee seal it. So whatever, Indian embassy not helpful. Went to the post office to see if they could tell me whether or not the money order had been cashed so I could see if for some reason it really did not arrive or if it was stolen. But I have to put in a request to see, it costs 3 bucks, and it takes a week. Buddy, I'm leaving in a week! But whatever, put in the request. If it was not cashed then I get a full refund. If ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur May 8th 2005

Oh joy. Frst big hiccup of the summer plans. AA and I went to check our mail tonight. I had a priority package in my box from the consular, AA had a note for an express mail. I thought it was odd that mine was priority since i paid for express.... yeah. Visa app returned, not processed. says there was no money. Which is funny since I have all of the receipts from the money order and my account is now minus $79 that is missing. Gah. Going to call in the morning. AA also needs to check her mail and see if hers was processed. Great. ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur April 4th 2005

Orcha is amazing - lots of red sandstone palaces to explore. There are loads of little stairways and passages all over the place. Reminds me of one of those Escher pictures. Went right up into the top turrets. Bit nervewracking as you get the impression health and safety standards aren't what they are in old Blighty... Lots of vultures perched on top of the domes - they look part of the building, kind of like scrawny gargoyles We're staying in one of the palaces. NO more scummy backpacker life for us! Though the manager did look ascance as we rocked up in the most bizarre-looking rickshaw, all covered in dust and generally looking like shit after a 4 hour bus journey. The waiter here reminds me of Manuel off Fawlty Towers. Off to Agra then Delhi ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur April 2nd 2005

In Khajuraho Ancient temples here with erotic sculptures. Richeldis now having argument with internet bloke. got to dash. eek... read more

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