Little House on the Prairie

Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 08, 2012

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Hotel Aranyawas

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Monday, January 30, 2012

The next stop on the itinerary was Ranakpur and Ruby warned us that it would be cold, so I pulled the faithful leggings out of my rucksack for what would hopefully be the last time. If needed I was now prepared to get out the all weather gear that I have bought for later on in my trip. Up until this point it had seemed a little too much effort to get that stuff out of their compression sacks, but I was growing a bit tired to shivering myself to sleep.

I plumped for the military style camouflaged jeep with the Norwegian contingent (Stine, Marte, Dagfried and Evelyn) for the journey to Ranakpur which Ruby told us is a country retreat for Indian people who live and work closeby. This place is so peaceful- it reminded me of Little House on the Prairie. It didn't feel like being in India at all, away from the beeping horns and pollution on the big cities. The sound of the traffic in other places is starting to grate, a lot, along with the fact that there are no pavements anywhere, which means that you are constantly dodging some kind of vehicle/ animal/ person.

After we settled in to our rooms, I decided to sit on our balcony and catch up with my journal and listen to some songs. Bit of Biffy Clyro, bit of Foo Fighters, even a bit of Buble. Strange mix I have on that Ipod.

We had evening drinks planned around a bonfire. I decided to stave of the cold by wearing everything warm piece of clothing I had available (Joey, friends style) and that was vaguely clean. Looked a bit of a heiffer, but at least a warm heiffer. Our own personal DJ's were playing the only 5 western songs that they had on repeat for us, including a great version of Stand By Me with a hindi rap part way through- not sure it quite suited the style of the song but there you go.

After 4 large bottles of kingfisher and a couple of shots of rum it was time for some particularly embarrassing bhangra dancing. Thankfully everyone joined in. After that things are quite hazy though I am pretty sure that we ended up resorting to listening and singing along (very badly) to some Spice Girls classics.

Predictably, I was one of the last to head off for bed. I fumbled around in the pitchblack room, trying to (a) find my bed, (b) not wake Kelly and (c) not fall over. I managed all 3 but then realised to my horror that I had no water for alka seltzer. I resigned myself to a banging headache the next morning....groan...

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maryfairy on

Very good Cath, but where are the photos? Love you, Mum xxx

Walker, Ian on

You seem to be part of a musically challenged group - but I suppose The Spice Girls are a notch up on watching Bollywood films, mentioned in your last blog - all very amusing though.

The contrasts of mayhem in the cities compared with other areas comes across very clear in your narrative - just keep you eyes wide open for the
maniac drivers. x

lib on

You're making me feel bad about how cold you are, should have taken a shiny survival blanket with you! Hope it's warmer at your next destination x

catherinewalker on

Mum- wiill add pics when can get to an actual computer. Dad- will keep an eye out. Lib- we managed but much warmer now! Xxx

Fi Jacobs on

Enjoying your blogs Cath! Keep em coming xx

LeahWalker on

Hey Cath, great to hear from you, sounds like so much fun, beer and bonfires-perfect. I watched Bear Gyrills the other week and when he got cold, he took all clothes off and did star jumps to warm up, just incase you need a survival tip. but im sure the rum would help. Be safe xxxxx

catherinewalker on

I actually did some star jumps- was quite good! The beer was only £2.50 for a big bottle though so no need to resort to the other survival techniques. Mank!!!

Walker, Ian on

Don't know what your mother is going on about - has access to FB photos and has seen all that have been posted. Cath some forward thinking needed - be prepared by having the Alka S out ready for use next time:)-

lukeandloumann on

Hi - Really enjoying reading your blog!! Have passed the address around a little bit :) Practial question... so are you updating this on your mobile? and then adding photos on computer? xx

catherinewalker on

Hey Lou! I'm mostly doing the entries on my tablet which can connect to wifi (when the hotel provides the connection for free). There are loads of Internet cages around which I could use but then I would have to rush things as you are on a clock. Also I figure, why pay? When you don't have to that is! My first question each time we arrive somewhere is about wifi though- slightly obsessed. Have to uploads pictures through an actual computer but having trouble with getting the pictures from my smaller to upload on here though which is a shame. Sorry for long, rambling answer!! X

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