Lets take this gig global!!
Well, this is second time lucky hopefully as I've just spent the last half hr writing this update only for the bloody thing to crash and loose it all!! Ahhhh! Anyways, after three days of permanent wedgie and serious crotch ache we have made it back fromj our safari safe and sound! Apart from maybe the first trip from the airport in Delhi it was defo our best 'experience' of the trip so far. Our basic day would consist of getting up at sunrise and having breakfast (untold toast and jam with biscuits and masala chai -my new favourite drink!) then head off early doors to avoid ther heat. we would stomp for about 2-3 hrs stopping half way at a well or something to rest the camels and get water. We woiuld stop for lunch at about 11 and just chill under a tree in the shade for a few hours and eat another feast! Our three guides (Chelu, Soku and Somya) were only 19/20 but had been doing safaris since they were about 13 anf crocodile dundee style they knew their 'backyard' inside out - but it just happens that their 'backyard' is about 5,000 sq. km!! They were super cool guys and waited on us hand and foot- we didnt have to anything! Soku was an awesome cook too. whipping up some of the best curries, Dhal and chapatis that we have eaten so far! All on just a small camp fire and about two pots!! Genius! It was amazing to get a glimpse of their simple (but good) lives, they are so cut off that they had never even heard of thr Queen or George Bush!! Let alone David Beckam and that! After lunch we would trek for about 2 hours but at a much slower pace as the heat is almost unbearable! I've nevber felt heat like it. There is no wind or humidity so the sun just belts it down on you and its proper zapping energy wise! In the late arvo we would stop and set up camp about 5 ish as sunset is about 6:30pm. I have to say that so far I havent really thought that much of home but each night sitting watching the sunset over the sand dunes I'm afraid to say that I did think of you guys working away, studying or being out in the cold and it brought a cheeky smile to my face!! This travelling stuf is just the best!! After dinner we would sit around the camp fire and sing songs and generaly have a laugh with the guys but it was early nights all round (about 10pm) due to the early starts. We slept in tents but mine and steves door was broken so we had to leave it open and might as wel have slept outside under the stars- it was bloody freezing!! All good fun though! Sp after three amazing days we were kinda gutted to leave them but after three days without a shower and feeling pretty dirty with sand everywhere we were all looking forward to showers and a nice warm bed!! PLus I dont know if my thighs could take anymore- its good fun onj the camels but after a few hours its a killer on the legs and becomes somewhat more endurance than anything else!! It was so peacefull and quiet and we were so removed from everything that it was a bit of a shock (and let down) to the system when we got back to Jaisalmer. So the whole thing was quality and would defo recommend it. But we are all safe and sound and are catching the bus to Udaipur this arvo at 3pm and getting pumped for the 13 hr journey- great!! Well I'll try and update again soon. Hope all is well in blighty. Dan