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... so damn pushy with trying to sell my things, I can be pushy back
with bargaining. It works, I can get
much better prices than expected, and since they are being rude to me I have no
problem walking away from their sale.
This is making walking around in general and shopping much more
This morning we toured the Jodhpur fort. We received headphones that explained
everything in the fort ...
... broken English.
Contrary to Western belief, opium wasn't smoked in hookahs, they were (and still are) used for scented tobacco. Opium was crushed in a bowl, water was added, it was strained through fabric and drunk as tea. It's illegal these days and saffron water is used symbolically in its place but back then (and still today albeit covertly) it was used for all manner of ceremonies. Births, ...
... weapons, paintings and various other royal treasures. On the fortifications there are cannons from various places including one from China and a gun carriage from Lanarkshire.
From the walls it is possible to see the whole of Jodhpur spread out below - a particular feature are the house painted blue which signifies a place where a priest/ member of the Brahmin caste lives. The blue also has a practical purpose - reflects back sunlight and heat and ...
... the narrow intriguing streets of the hotel. Many of the streets were lined with varying shades of blue facades, the city was living up to it's name this time. Having wondered around and doing a bit of window shopping so to speak we took a break for lunch at Jhankar Choti Haveli, a family run guest house with a very friendly and helpful owner. The restaurant was ornately decorated with Indian textiles, and colourful lamps with rustic wooden tables gilded with old ...
... pack up and bus to the location where our camels awaited us.
It felt like we were all 12 year olds waiting for Christmas morning to arrive while driving in jeeps to meet our new furry one humped friends. With the glow of the hot sand we finally got to see our new mode of transportation. These camels were massive and all ready outfitted in multi coloured blankets and saddles for us to ride. Let me just say the getting up and down from a camel hump ...