We have finally left Jaipur (YAY!) and are now in Pushkar, which is an incredibly holy place (although I haven't seen much evidence for this). There is a lake here, which is dry and the moment and the following rules apply in the grounds: No meat, no eggs, no kissing, no hugging, no alcohol. Its a bundle of laughs.
I was so ready to leave Jaipur, there were so many begging children. At one point Chris and I were walking down a road on our own when this group of about seven kids came and repetativly just kepy saying "hello hello hello hello," and grabbing us, poking us etc. And the were grabbing on to my bag. Chris has got a good tactic now of just swatting them away (i know it sounds harsh, but we get it everywhere!!) However, this tactic didn't work, so we decided to cross the road. There I was trying to walk across this very busy road, dodging around mopeds and cars with about 4 kids on my back. Its funny now when I think about it, but I was so angry at the time! They didn't nick anything though, just in case you were worried!
Having said this, on the same day, Chris and I also jumped on a cycle rickshaw because we wanted to go to this lassi (natural yogurt with different flavourings) place called lassiwala. Honestly, the lassi is AMAZING there! So on we jump and tell the guy where we wanna go and it's near the cinema. This place was about a ten min ride from where we were and he wanted 50 rupees, which is about 70p. We enjoy using the cycles because we want to use different modes of transport.
Fifteen mins later, with increasingly numb bums, after being squeezed onto this cycle rick, through VERY busy traffic, we realised he was not going to where we wanted, and realised 50 rupees for such a long journey was a bargain! During this journey there was a group of ladies sitting in the back of a small truck (I'm not quite sure why) but they see us westerners and start singing to us and, for once, not for money HURRAH!! And the ladies kept wanting to shake my hand. It was so lovely, and it's moments like that which make me like Inida again (It has to be said that Chris has put up with a lot of complaining from me at times, especially in Jaipur!) Anyway, after half an hour the guy drops us off at the wrong cinema, way out of town! We felt so bad for him, because he had cycled all that way and we didn't wanna go there (we gave him more than 50 rupees!). So we went in for a few mins to watch him cycle off, and then got an auto rickshaw back to where we actually wanted to be!
I am ready to leave India and move on to other countries. A month is a loooong time to spend here. I definatly feel that I have felt the culture of India! Don't get me wrong, it is a great place, and has so many great things about it. The culture is fantastic, the movies are so funny and cheesy and, when people don't want money they are so friendly and most of them just want to chat. When the auto rick guys asks "Which country?" and we reply with "England" you are guaranteed: "Ahh! England great country!" (I expect they just change the countries name and add great country to the end of the sentence.)
There is an Aussie girl here too, who obviously replies with Australia to this question. However, here response is a lot of Australian cricketers names, none of whom she knows, as she doesn't watch cricket, just a nod and smile is needed in this situation. MY GOD do Indians love their cricket. Chris is in heaven here, lots of cricket matches dotted around the streets and the country side!
As fun as India is, there have been quite a few times when I just wanna pack my huge bag (which is growing by each place we go to) and go to Singapore now.
I have also never eaten so much cottage cheese in my life, its hard and in cubes here rather than the cottage cheese we know in the UK. I also didn't realise there are so many recipes for cheese curries! It truly is a veggies paradise here. I can't wait to get to Singapore and eat a massive steak! Having said that, whenever I eat western food here, it seems so bland and tastless to Inidan food! I love dipping a garlic naan in dal (lentil curry) and chomping away on it (although I am giving the curries a rest whilst I have a dodgey tummy! Thanks for that present Delhi!)
At least we are exploring new places now, Udaipur is next and we are getting a train there, which is good- but it is nice to see the country from a local bus every once and a while! Although, the train was interesting when we witnessed 26 people (yes I counted) going to the toilet on the side of the tracks at 8 in the morning. It seems bizarre that a culture who want you to cover your shoulders and thighs will happily pull down their trousers on the side of train tracks, and even in the street and happily do their business right in front of you.
Pushkar, where we currently are, is nice, not many beggars and the shops don't seem to hassle you too much. There isn't a huge amount to do here. The group did another sunrise walk this morning, I haven't been feeling so fresh so decided to stay in the comfy bed and sleep for another three hours. There are camel safaris, which again I am opting out of because I truly hate camels. A guide told us that the camel is a symbol of love in India, because if you can love a camel, you can love anything!
Luckily, our hotel has a swimming pool, so I am now gonna head there with my book and a pack of cards do some serious chilling out.
Photos have finally been uplaoded to facebook! So have a look and comment away, I love reading all the comments!
Miss you all so much and love you all loads,
Tally and Chris xxxx