It's official - I'ma little bit in love with India.
Firstly, my bowels are all back to normal, and I'm starting to really enjoy all the amazing things you can eat here. Good news for everyone I think.
Secondly, the things the country throws at you when you least expect it keeps you constantly excited!
And thirdly, despite what I have said fairly recently, the people can be really nice!
Tonight has been significant in proving all these things to me. We arrived in Jaipur this afternoon to th usual touts and hasslers trying to sell you something, or drive you somewhere - we anticipated this. We even anticipated the smell, and the rubbish all over the streets. What we didn't expect however, was that tonight would be the most fun we have had so far.
We met up with an American guy in a restaurant whilst we were having dinner, and he informed us that there was some sort of celebratory festival this evening. As it transpired, it is one of the biggest Rajisthan celebrates: the birthday of their Go, Vishnu. We tracked down the parade and followed it, and soon a crowd began to form around us. Children were laughing and playing with us, and the adults were chatting. We shared tradiotnal rice food, and were given crisps as blessings from Monks on parade floats - most bizarre. Flower petals were thrown over our heads as we qalked around, and we were constantly being offered small trinkets.
We have just arrived back and all agree this was the best night we had so far. So full of fun, and all the local people were really embracing of us: the only white people at their parade.
My faith is, perhaps, being restored.