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On the road to Jodhpur, Rajasthan

2007.11.15
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Riding on the bus rooves is a common sight in Rajasthan but seems to be somewhat outlawed in other states I visited. In Kerala, the ladder had even been removed from the bus I was travelling on that day, which created something of a quandary for me who was trying to get my bike on the roof. As a cyclist, I don't recommend travelling on the buses too often, although its good to experience the whole gamut of indian travel if you can. Although far from being a great pleasure, it is interesting to have to deal with porters and recalcitrant ticket collectors and bus drivers. And it can be a pleasure to mingle with Indian travellers sometimes.
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The first time I saw water buffalo. Not the last time school kids posed for me.
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These women are fantastic. We had a conference using all 10 of my hindi words and all 10 of their English words. They got me that stone to sit on and I shared my biscuits with them. Having rested, they loaded themselves up with the firewood they'd been out chopping and set off down the road. Actually they invited me to go home with them for lunch but I felt I really must get on to Jodhpur as it was a long away away.
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There were days when i felt too tired to mingle freely with the locals in the chai shops and I began finding my own quiet little rest spots.
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Melons
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Actually I didn't take this picture on this day.
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Here they are again. I decided I couldn't leave this one out after all. Those are my glasses about 6 weeks before I lost them.
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After two nights stopover in a village where i came upon a starting NGO with two foreign women running it, I continued on to Jodhpur. This would be one of my longest days, made even longer by getting wrong instructions as to which road to take to enter Jodhpur. It took me an hour to get to the centre of the city.
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openbelarus lovely pics
openbelarus · 2008-03-15: 09:14
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