Train kept a rolling... Jaipur to Jaisalmer
Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
41Trip End Feb 23, 2008
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When our train was due to arrive we found our way to our platform and waited. And waited. An hour and twenty minutes late it arrived. Waiting was OK because we had lots of company (mostly passengers, families, army guys, a few rats, which I didn't tell Amy about 'til later) and I liked watching them put a new train together in the switch yard-it was a lot like a game of the Towers of Hanoi, but more complicated. (Amy read on the platform and bundled up to keep warm).
When the train pulled in Amy and I ran like platform rats to where the sign flashed S1 (our sleeper car). We climbed in only to find, in the dark, that there were no seats with our number. Another passenger looked at our ticket and told us that S1 was near the other end of the track. So we ran like panicked platform rats to the other end of the train and got on board. People were in our (upper = the top of 3) sleeper bunks so we found empty ones, but the train employee insisted we get in the correct bunks and so he kicked the two sleeping guys out.
We climbed up to the third (top) bunks, used our bags as pillows, wrapped ourselves in our new blankets
In the morning at some train station (Jodhpur?) I bought a little veggie sandwich tray
We didn't see any other foreigners on our car (but they did emerge from some other cars), and hardly any women. Many of the people were listening to a cricket game on their radios. There were quite a few Army men, wearing camouflage, headed to the big army based in Jaisalmer (near the Pakistan border). The army guy closest to us was very friendly.
That train ride went until about 2:20 p.m (we boarded at 1:20 the previous morning) stopping only briefly at a couple of stations along the way
At Jaisalmer station a travel agent with an "Amy Newman" sign (she's very popular around here) picked us up, dropped us off at an OK "multi-ethnic,"
We had arrived to Jaisalmer in time, despite all the travel changes made two days earlier and the station delays. Our train ride had not been in vain.