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Trip Start Jan 29, 2003
Trip End Feb 01, 2004

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Still in Udaipur, where we have just been relaxing for last couple of days! Just as planned! Though I wasn't sure I would be writing this: On Sunday when I last made an entry, I was offered some fruit, by the fellow working in the internet cafe. Not wanting to appear rude I gratefully accepted this gesture, and munched on the fruit! I then asked what it was I had just eaten, and he told me he doesn't know, exactly, only that they were from Afghanistan!!! (Seriously) He then said that he thinks we call it risin in England!!!!!!! I only hope he meant to say Raisins!
Sunday evening we went to a local Rajasthani dance fest which for the most part was quite crap, and myself Nick, and a couple of drivers just laughed, but the final dance was done by this old lady, who firstly put different pots on her head, and then danced on different objects, starting from a couple of glass tumblers progressing to broken glass and finally on sword blades! Admittedly this was not quite as impressive as the infamous Sticky Vicky from Benidorm who at the ripe old age of 50+, still manages to open bottle-tops using only her ahem... well a lot of you know the end to that story!
We got back to the hotel and got a few beers in with our Korean friends who we have been travelling around with inadvertently! And for the first time I felt quite pissed, and I am embarrased to admit it but I only had 3 bottles, though they were 8%, and 650ml. Even so, I know a lot of the Stokeys will be hanging their heads in shame at this revelation! If anyone is interested its called Kingfisher Strong, and I am told they even do A Kingfisher Super Strong! Swapped emails with Koreans, and said goodbye to Yang, Bic, Bak, Chin, and Yo Hung!

Monday 10th Feb:
Awoke at 6 this morning with blistering head-ache caused by the beer, only to be serenaded at top volume by the local preacher in the temple on the other side of the lake! They go on and on from 6am until 11pm, and its all in Hindi, and most frustrating! Not only this but next to my bed, the entire ant population of Rajasthan had decided to set up camp on my bedside table, thanks to some orange biscuits I had left there overnight! Needless to say I spent the next hour sacrificing the insects with a can of lynx and a lighter! The drivers, Amit and Boodha, keep calling me Cha-Chew! Could somebody tell me what this means, as they tell me it means Uncle though I have a funny feeling there may be an alterior meaning! With the help of a crow-bar and some vaseline, I managed to remove my clothes and get some washing done today, though it remains to be seen what it looks like! This morning went to City Palace, after posting a couple of postcards, and had a wander around! This may have been quite good, but when you go to a simliar fort or palace every day, after a while you don't take anything in, and it goes straight over your head! We managed to do it in about 20 minutes, when it should take 3 hours! Spoke to Kiwi who is also travelling India, who also thought that there were very few Westerners travelling India at the moment! We then went to Bansi Ghat where we had a 1 hour boat ride, which was quite good, nice views of the palace hotel, the city and stuff! Spoke to Louise today, first time I've spoken to somebody back home, which was nice and refreshing! I have started to eat food off the side of the road, not literally, but off the street vendors eating samosas and dahl filled pastries etc. Saw funeral procession which was very upbeat with the deceased' head showing! This reminded me of a joke:
Two blokes on a golf course when a funeral car goes past. The first bloke takes off his hat and watches the car go past! Second bloke finds this most admirable, and tells his friend that was a very noble thing to do! First bloke replies: "well, its the least I can do, I was married to her for 30 years!'
It is getting very hot now, though fortunately because I hail from the tropical climates of mid-Somerset the heat is not too much a problem!
I think the key to enjoying India is Patience, Tolerance, & Politeness. If you have these qualities it makes it a lot easier. The other lesson is not to take India too seriously. A lot of other travellers do, which is a mistake as the Indians themself are not that serious!
Saw a picture of previous Miss Universe in paper today, hailing from India which got me thinking: 'Why are Mr & Miss Universe always from Earth'?
After sunbathing today, I have now turned from a milky white to a light grey!
Thats all for now, off to Pushkar tomorrow! Watched Problem Child 2 last night which is not worth watching. Footy on TV tonight, match of the day type programme. We'll watch this whilst being served dinner in our rooms! Oh, how we are slumming it!!!!!!
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