Jaisalmer and the Camel Safari
Trip Start Feb 18, 2017
4Trip End May 16, 2017
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Holi March 13:
It began in the morning when we were woken up by songs about Holi and people shouting. We got up and there were already people throwing colors.
We got our gear on, armed and ready, went out for breakfast and were already colored by the time we got to the restaurant. We weren't allowed in to many places, but finally found one that let us sit outside.
We went back to the hotel roof and played amongst ourselves. We squirted water guns and threw the colored powder, smearing it on each other
It wrapped up around 3pm and everyone tried - to the best of their abilities - to wash everything off, but some of us were stained for days.
Jaisalmer, camel safari March 14-16:
After a month of traveling and experiencing the vast diversity offered in India, the group had the opportunity to unwind and reflect on our adventures in the Thar desert.
The desert has an unparalleled way of taking your mind off of the trivial hassles of daily life. The endless cycle of worries, planning and regret slowly eroding like mountains as we ventured deeper into the barren desert.
I began to sense a deeper presence in everyone, like the sense of freedom and wonder you only experience as a child
Perhaps only short lived, it was still refreshing to catch a glimpse of the happiness achievable when you escape from the gratuitous thinking we are each dealing with.
The safari guides struck the perfect balance between keeping us enthralled with uplifting quotes and songs and letting us each experience the tranquility of the desert. This allotted us the space to observe the stillness of the desert and the stillness and the freedom we are each capable of.
Humans have the capacity to learn and grow exponentially from spending time in nature. When we would take breaks (greatly appreciated by my groin) I often found myself playing with the sand in my hands. The tighter I grasped it the heavier it would fall, as opposed to the beauty I saw when I let the wind take it freely from my hands.
This small motion made me think about the philosophy of attachment. It made me realize the attachment we have to our technology, relationships and goals, to seek happiness when true happiness can be achieved by becoming at peace with the darkness and light in all of us.
By Judith and River