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Saturday, January 20, 2001
Jaipur, India
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Jaipur, India:
Latitude: 26° 54' 57" North
Longitude: 75° 48' 14" East
Altitude: 1577 feet
From Seattle: 8985 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Evergreen Guest House

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Today's Travel:
Country: India
Region: Rajasthan
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1381
Linear Dist: 269887
Countries Visited: 74
Regions Visited: 276
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Hotels: 521
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 86
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4511
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Journal Entry:
I tried to sleep in but there was no power so the room started to get hot. So I sat in the garden and had a leisurely breakfast and read. When the power came back on I went in to the internet cafe to update my journal and upload the photos I took yesterday. It ended up taking me quite awhile to get everything to work right as it's the first time I've used the pictures from my digital camera and there were some problems with the program the generates my journal pages.

It was way to hot to hike up to the fort, so I just set out from the guest house walking. Much to my surprise I ended up at the walled city - I'd thought it much further away. I wandered through some of the various bazaars, including those specializing in motorcycle parts, dyed cloth, furniture, and best of all, kites! The kite were made of brilliantly colored paper - I asked the price and was very tempted to buy a $1 worth - that would have been close to 50 of them! If the post office had still been open I would have, but there is no way they would survive my carrying them, so I didn't.

I also wandered through the (a?) Muslim quarter which was obviously much less affluent. It looked like most of the stores were permanently closed, garbage littered the streets, and the children ran around naked. Strangely enough I hadn't seen pigs anywhere, but in the Muslim quarter they were all over. Wandering away from the wall into the narrow inner streets a quickly became lost. When it started to get dark I tried to get found again, but every alley I took seemed to dead end. I was just about to give up and hire a rickshaw to take me back when I stumbled on to the wall road. I got back to the guest house a good hour after dark and sat down to a fabulous chicken tikka dinner.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: India
CIA - The World Factbook: India

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