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Published: August 21st 2010
How it all started
...it all started with me (Beata) having received a book on my 10th Bday...'The most amazing places in the world'- the title quoted. I scanned through it and I remember exactly that I stopped at the picture of Taj Mahal.... Growing up in Poland was great if you had small to medium life expectations and travelling to so distant places was not the easiest way to do;-) I thought back then that I would never be able to see Taj Mahal and that is how India became my dream .... Europe has change since then, life has changed and things like travel became more and more accessible....as an Uni student I once stopped in front of a poster quoting 'Do you wanna go to India for internship?- sign up now'...and this is how I saw Taj Mahal....twice;-)
I was very lucky to meet 50 other trainees from all over the world and made a lot of friendships that still last today;-) Tomek was working in UK back then but he managed to visit me twice during this time....some people say you can only love or hate India and we both definitely fell in love with
it... it is the most peaceful, culture rich and amazing place I have seen so far...seems like time stopped over there and there is no rush but this natural flow of life....
I lived in Jaipur
- incredible place, one of the Colour Cities of Rajasthan - Pink City, surrounded by deserts and four forts with incredible views over the city.... you can find everything there - from very modern shopping centres and 5star hotels to very traditional markets with gemstones, jewellery and spices....will visit Pink City this year (2010) again and we already cant wait;-) From Jaipur we travelled to other cities of Rajasthan: Jaisalmer - Golden City, Udaipur - White City, Jodhpur - Blue City Pushkar and Bundhi. Jaisalmer
is amazing because of the soft, golden colour that surrounds you everywhere...you can wander around its small streets and you never stop smiling....then the desert trip everybody is doing....sooo many hours on the camel and then you finally reach your camp - except that it is not really a camp but a dune where you put your mattress and watch the sunset/sunrise....seems so far away from everything but yet, there appears a guy on the motorbike with
small fridge-box full of kingfisher hahhaha that is a treat of an evening;-) Udaipur
is stunning due to the amazing luxurious feel you have there - it could be the white buildings, it could be the lake and hotels on the lake, it could be that Maharaja still lives there, could be the palm trees on the shore and amazing gardens or it could be just me having that feeling....one of the highlights for us was Royal Family Cemetery on the other side of the city - not that many tourists reach that place apparently...we met a great guy whose family have been looking after this place from generation to generation and he told us many unbelievable stories about it...except for that it was just amazing to watch sunsets reflecting in the lake, at the rooftop of our guesthouse, drinking rum and dreaming of never going home ;-) Jodhpur
are very nice places, very culture reach. Jodhpur with its blue coloured buildings has one of the nicest forts we have seen there. Again the cemetery was spectacular from the feel and architecture point of view in both places.
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