India: Day 3

Trip Start Jan 07, 2007
Trip End Jan 30, 2007

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Holy cow (hahahahahahahahaah)!

Wow, only a few days here and already so much to tell. After we left Bombay, we caught a flight to the state of Rajasthan. It is the largest State in India, is in the north west corner of the countryand  It comprises most of the area of the large, inhospitable Great Indian Desert (Thar desert).  The city of Jaisalmer is our first stop; a desert city - Laid back, friendly... The city is easily accessible and people are warm and welcoming. In spite of
harsh living conditions, Rajasthani people are known for their warm hospitality
We took the night train (a 7 hour ride) booking the sleeper car only to set ourselves up all cozy in the wrong car. The military car! Machine guns and all. (Buy the way Jaisalmer is about 20 miles from our good friends in Pakisthan). There is no shortage of military jets flying over patrolling the "line of control". Needless to say it didn't take long to pack up and find the correct sleeper car - even though none of the slodiers spoke English - guns speak the universal language of "get the hell out of my bed".

In medieval times, Jaisalmer continued to be on the focus of the masses because
of its location. It falls in the way of one of the two routes, which connected
India from Persia, Egypt, Africa and the west. We stayed in the Jaisalmer fort in an old Havali (mansion) which is over 500 years old. Very cool experience. We took a camel safari in the desert, drank scary milk boiled in a huge pot in the street, Visited some locals, and Marisha walked right onto an open air public toilet while some guy was "relieving" himself. Crazy here. We are constantly being mobbed by people to take our picture (alone and with them) and asking to shake our hands and to know about us.. Really strange. We drew a crowd just for buying a bell. Not much of a melting pot in India. Don't see too many blondes here. Brian is commonly mistaken for Brad Pitt (hahahahahahaha) but he isn't insulted at all! I was asked If I knew Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton. They are also familiar with U2, Metallica and best of all Bon Jovi (which we're sure Floyd Lloyd Boyd would appreciate the hair band knowledge).

Cows truly lay around here like stray dogs. We actually saw one giving a dog a tongue bath.

We rode some camels in the Thar desert. Was a trip. At the end of the day we got to watch the sunset in the sand dunes. On our way out there we stopped in a few desert villages to get invited into a family home where we got to see their house and take some pictures. You'll see some of the kids.

We'll try and update as often as we can. There is a camel out back running on a wheel to run this connection......slllooowww!
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