Tourists and Taj

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Sep 01, 2006

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

just the morning spent in agra, for the last stop of our trip, and i would say that it is enough. the city is very polluted. anyway the most obvious stop on our callender, the Taj Mahal. a rip off to get in, indians pay 20 rupees, tourist pay 750, but well worth getting up early for, and watch the sun lighting it up. a real breath taker, but what else would you expect. the taj mahal was built by a mongul emperor as a tribute the one of his perfect wifes,who died at child birth. apperntly they think he died, incarserated by his only son, over dosing on opium, and aphrodisiacs. what a way to go.

haggling,and backsheash (tipping), the hardest thing for us along the way. always feel like everybody wants something (paranoid). you have to take your shoes off to go into a temple, you put them down, when you come back the man near them wants money, you give him 5 rupees, he says he wants more.
haggling, everthing starts at 10 times the price caus your white, and they act like your ripping them off for every rupee you save. every day, you become stronger, but it can be hard haggling a 10 year old child, for 10p on some pens your only buying so that he wont follow you back to the hotel. haggle on the hotel prices,the best plan is just to leave, then watch the price drop, it can be emotional and sometimes satisfying,sometimes you just pay them whattever they ask, just to avoid any hastle.
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pearlieshells on

Great Pictures!
Hi Kate, Hi Danny,

Thanks so much for the lovely happy Birthday picture! It was great to see your happy smiling faces and such a novel way of saying Happy Birthday!

Sorry we weren't here when you phoned Kate but it was really good to hear your voice.

We had a very good week-end, stayed in Sydney two nights, had breakfasts out as usual plus book-buying adventures of the new and second-hand variety - bought Morgan's Run - on Friday we went to see an Australian film called The Proposition, a western written by Nick Cave, I think it was a cross between Kill Bill (but without the desire for laughter) and something Ruth Rendell might write on a bad hair day!

To recover we backed up for another movie, Enron, the film about the US company that almost brought California to its knees by creating a power crisis, and yesterday we squeezed in another American film called Mad Hot Ballroom, about kids in three New York State primary schools competing in a ballroom competition, it was a hoot of a film.

Now it's back home - but I got 8,000 words of my thesis written last week so I'm hoping for more of the same this week, I will write this bloody thing, I will, I will!

I'm glad to hear you are getting better at saying No - it does sound as though India might be more desperate in the need for your money even, than say Vietnam. Have a good time, Love Pearlie.

cyrus420in on

i understand ur problem, that happen every where, not even with you, even with the local people. the best way to avoid all these hassle to go with local person, he or she can handle the begger or bargain the best price. my friend come india we go out, but we dont pay any extra have fun..actually i like ur blogs..

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