The snake charmer and me =)
Hey everyone. I have been moving around quite a bit and have started to fall behind on my blogs. Over the past week I have been in the city of Jaipur, Pushkar, and Jodhpur (and am actually in Jaisalmer right now). The problems with my tooth got really bad in Jaipur, and I ended up going to another dentist. This time I was told that an old root canal that I had was infected and that I'd have to get another root canal, but the problem was that the infection was pretty bad (my face was all swollen) and that I wasn't reacting to the antibiotics the other dentist had given me. He said that if the new antibiotics that he was prescribing didn't work then he'd have to go in a manually remove the puss and that this would be a long process (including the root canal, it could take up to a month). Which was the LAST thing that I wanted to hear. The pain had gotten worse and worse; i don't know if any of you have had any serious tooth problems, but the pain from a bad tooth is some of the worse pain I have ever
had...it is just in your head tearing away at you, this type of pain could driving someone nutz. So I got some serious pain killers, some more medicine and was on my way. Hoping to god that i wouldn't have to say in this same town for a month getting my tooth worked on.
Well after a few more painful, swollen faced days, filled with anguish and worry (that I'd have to stick around for a month) the swelling started to go down as did the pain. So I decided to check out a few more cities before my next dentist appointment.
This lead me to Pushkar, a great little Indian Oasis. Pushkar is a quiet little city (tuk-tuks / rickshas are not allowed in the town), great for a break from the normal hustle and bustle of India. I found a cheap little hotel (Hill View - i highly recommend it) with a great pool. It was nice to be able escape the heat for a bit. Apparently Pushkar is a very holy city and everyone goes there for weddings, so they had weddings almost every night of the week in this town. The wedding where great.
Jodhpur fort towering over the city, reminds me of my days as a knight..or something like that
Each one started with a parade through the town (well at least this is what I saw), where the bride and groom would sit on elaborately decorated horses (and i think in some cases elephants, but I never saw that). The parade would end at a hotel or some other sort of reception hall and the dancing and drums would begin. I never went in but snuck a few glances and the dancing was great. The type of thing that you would image going on around a bonfire in Africa. I mean the men where getting DOWN, feet going everywhere, dirt flying in the air, the drummers getting nasty, it was quite a sight! The women could hold their own too; they would dance around in a circle, raising their arms, lowering there arms, and here I am in the alleyway taking notes, trying to get ready for all the weddings I am going to when i get back. This type of thing would go on all night.
After a few days relaxing in Pushkar I headed to Jodhpur. Jodhpur is famous for the huge fort that over looks the city (and the fact that most of the city
Typical India scene
typical india scene
is painted blue). The fort really was impressive (see pics). And the landscape was starting get more and more desert-ish (making up new words as i go) there further west i went. Which is exciting because I am really looking forward to getting into the desert (and the dessert)!
I stayed in each of these cities (Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur) only for a few days. I am in somewhat of a rush to check out a few more places before I have to go back to the dentist. In each city I have spent most of my time shopping (the shopping here is pretty great) and checking out forts. The heat is pretty intense; so hot that you don't even really sweat. It just evaporates right off of you. But it is a dry arid heat, and in the evenings it is really nice. The sunsets here are great too, the type of thing you see on tv. the sun gets really orange and seems to grow in size. I have also noticed that the further and further west i got the more I feel like a celebrate (well that is one way to put it), EVERYONE
wants to stare at you, talk to you, touch you, things like that. Indians have this weird obsession with shaking hands too. Often times I'll be walking through the marked and people will come up just to shake my hand....like 20 people. walking down the street on a busy day is kind of like after a sporting event when you walk down the line shaking every ones hand...quite funny. Not to mention that everyone wants you to take their picture and take a picture with you.
My tooth has finally started to feel better and the swelling is going down, so hopefully i will be able to go back to Delhi and get this all taken care of a lot faster then they had originally thought! I am starting to like India but I don't want to be stuck here against my will. Everyone keep there fingers crossed for me. Interesting note: Root canal cost at home $3000 (without insurance), cost here ($60).
Well that is it for now. I am all caught up with my blogs. Tomorrow i head out to the desert with a camel for the old "desert trek". I am pretty excited about that.
guard at the Jodhpur fort
Gaurd at the Jodhpur fort
I think I'm going to get a robe and turban..the full works! I am a little worried about the heat though, it is supposed to be like 115 in the desert
ps. I think i should grow a mustache so that I can start to "blend in"
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