A few days of rest in the sun.

Trip Start Oct 30, 2010
Trip End May 29, 2011

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Thursday, December 2, 2010

During our bus journey from Jaipur we befriended two English guys, Rob and Max. Together with Klaus, Katrin and Alex, Ellie and I found a really nice hostel in the holy city of Pushker. This hostel was not exactly the nicest, but it is arguably the best for several reasons:

1)      Value for money. For just over 2 each a night we had a really clean room, double bed, colour television and a swimming pool. Ok we didn't actually use the swimming pool, in fact coming to think of it I didn’t see ANYONE using it – I have a feeling this was due to the large number of dead or dying bugs floating in it.

2)      Great weather. While the whole of Europe was covered in a layer of snow and England was (apparently) brought to a standstill (for another year running) we had clear skies and some really brilliant sunshine.

3)      We had a decent number of people in our group. I’m not saying that Ellie and I are sick of each other just yet, but over a solid month of each other (after 5 months of seeing each other every 2nd / 3rd weekend) I’m sure you can understand how grateful we both were to be in a group of 7 people.

Pushker is one of the smaller towns that we’ve seen so far on this trip. It is dominated by a large (holy) lake in the center with a sprawl of houses, restaurants, hotels and temples growing outwards from it. Beer is prohibited here but we found that in certain restaurants if you placed an order for "cold tea" you would receive a large 650ml bottle of kingfisher larger.

One morning was spent trekking up the large hill which overlooks the town. After an hour or so of walking we found that surprisingly, the top of this hill is home to a temple.  Sat outside the temple were several men gathered around a chess board. I stood watching and when the game was over the winner turned and challenged me to a game. Not understanding my joke about why I should be white rather than black, we began playing. Considering these guys sit and play on the Cliffside for a few hours every day, I am quite proud that I beat them. If you noticed well done, that wasn’t a mistake, I meant them not him. After every move they would sit and discuss in Hindi which move would be best. So basically I was playing several people at once. This may or may not have worked to my advantage, but I won (without help!).

Other than our trek up the hill our three full days in Pushker were spent relaxing in the sun and drinking cold tea.
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