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... buy" list and eventually narrowed down to two....one silk on silk and one silk on cotton backing. After only a small bit of bartering we figured out where they were coming from and announced we were in the wrong store, and politely left.
Ikram took us to another carpet/fabric/everything store where we had Ali the owner bring out dozens of carpets for our viewing pleasure. There were a number that we kind ...
... was pink! our first stop was the Wind Palace aka Hawa Mahal, lovely architecture which seemed quite typical of old Jaipur. We made a brief stop at the Palace before visiting the Jantar Mantar which is an observatory like no other. To tell you of all the wonders inside would take more time than this blog allows! Perhaps google it! On our way to our final stop, the Amber Fort, we passed Jal Mahal which is like a floating palace, ...
... weeks 1, 3, 4 and 5 of our 6 week program and that week’s 2 and 6 would be travel weeks where we would visit other places. We also had a few weekends that we were away for. Once we had caught a tuk-tuk back to the house we had lunch and got used to the place. In the afternoon, other volunteers turned up as they had been away for the weekend on trips. There were 2 lads from Essex (George and Kyle), 2 American girls (Rachna and Beth), 2 Australians (Steph and Claudia), ...
... We met holy men, got a blessing in the temple. All lovely experiences. All the while our guide was taking snaps of myself and Mary. That alone made it worth having him there. On the way down the muscle we had hired asked for payment. We were told by our driver 50 will do (65 cent). We thought we'd give him more so we threw him 100. He went nuts!! Shouting at us and demanding more money. He wanted 500 (the price of both our train tickets covering 600km). ...
... very cute, then says you can give me any amount you want for them! We gave them back but 2 of our crew put theirs in their pockets! Anyway it's pretty much ongoing and quite draining. We should have each given him a rupee and taken the "gift". The movie we went to see was an action Bollywood movie, filmed in India and in Chicago, called Dhoom 3. The film was about 3 hours, with an intermission. The movie theatre itself was a sight to behold- all decorated with frescoes ...