Monday, June 4, 2012

June 4th: "Same same, but different"

We woke up at 5:30 and left for town. I will never get used to riding a camel; they are huge and unpredictable, occasionally bending down to eat greenery or trotting off the trail. The sun was rising and it was again, really pretty.

We got back to the hotel at 7:30 and "took breakfast" at 8. We all say that now and don't even notice haha. We left and went shopping! We stopped for lunch, but that's it! Everyone was super friendly and chats us up. By noon, everyone in town knows we are from Canada. I always tell people because I'm super proud.

In the markets, men offer you these flowers, hoping you'll take them and proceed to a festival at the lake. The festival is just prayers that are the biggest tourist traps sometimes costing 2,000 rupees ($40 CA). Madan warned us not to accept the flowers an we had no problems. The streets are not as busy cause only two wheel vehicles are allowed on them. We bought a child beggar flour; we're still not sure if we got bamboozled or if he was legit. Pushkar is home to the famous Brahma Temple. We didn't get to go in, but I would really like to someday.

We took dinner at the Sunset Cafe on the edge of the lake. I had mixed pakora and stuffed parantha and like ten Maazas. We're just getting ready for bed now. We leave for Ranthambore at 4:45! Later days. 

Torry Harris
DWC Team Leader
India, May 2012

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