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Okay so I’m on the home stretch now. Boarding opens in about 10 minutes, and I’ll be back in Australia around 7:30am tomorrow. Alot has happened (kinda) since my last post.

Whilst in Varanasi on the last night/day almost half our group got really bad gastro and had to get needles and all. But we did make it on the train to Calcutta. Whilst on the train I started feeling sick and by that night I had a splitting headache and it killed to open my eyes, and I was sweating hot and cold. Then to add to that I got the runs, and a cough/breathing probs. Turns out the next day almost everyone had the runs though. Anyways I made my flight from CCU to SIN, and I must add how crazy Calcutta International Airport was that night, that even an Indian national I was speaking to said she’s never seen it that bad and she flies out of there at least once a year. Arriving in Singapore on the 27th, my breathing issues took a turn for the worse, and it was back to the elephant sitting on me situation of December 2004. I was concerned ‘cos I couldn’t control it over the previos 2 days that greatley and as I had a flight to catch in 3 days I needed it under control as who knows that can happen on a 7 – 8 hour flight back. Anyways so it was off to the doctor for a steriod needle. Which worked miracles. Still coughing/breathing not normally, but I’m 100% feeling better.

Other than that I’ve been bascially shopping it up here in Singapore. Met up with Kylynn yesterday as she’s here in S’pore as well and yeah went shopping (again). The clothes they have here are so good. Well a wider range and more affordable price. So yep, I shopped up on almost 7KG of clothing. Left Calcutta with 13KG bag weight, left Singapore with 19.9KG.

Anyways have to run, flight will start boarding soon. Till tomorrow…

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In Varanasi, one of if not the most holyest(sp?) places in India on the Ganges. Last night we had an hour + wait in the cold because the train was delayed but to a good suprise we got here super early because we didn’t know it stopped here. Originally we were meant to get in around 11ish with a 1 hour road trip here. But we got in at like 7:30am or so.

Anyways I also got my uni results today, and I’m happy with them. The usual story – subjects that were your worst turn out to be better than you thought, and those that were good turn out to be worse.

Anyway that’s it for now. Oh as a random side note, did you know Pizza Hut here costs more for a pizza than in Australia?!? It’s seriously like $10 bucks for a large pizza. Compare that to $5.95 large pizzas back home. But they have a really wide rangeof vego pizzas which is great.

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In Agra at the moment. The weather is absolutley freezing, but lucky there is no wind, so we don’t have the added chill factor. Saw the Taj Mahal this morning. Was a really great sight, and quiet impressive.

Yesterday the journey to Agra took ages because of a road block because a truckie got bashed and they wanted justice, so they blocked to road of so the police would come. And whilst there it was a small town not use to Westerners so our leader Raj told us not to get of the bus. Which was probably a good idea as as we were about to start going, they decided to try there luck through the window and touch one of the other girls. Unfortunately for them our leader saw, jumped off the bus and shoved and whacked them (not to hard) across the top of the head. Was an interesting/funny experience at the same time.

Then last night we ended up drinking rum in his room because it was damn freezing cold. Which was kinda funny because our group is all girls and so we’re all bumming on the bed drinking and having stupid conversations. Good fun – don’t get the wrong idea though… we make jokes about it all the time…

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So I’m in Jaipur now. Since my last post I’ve managed to pick up a cold along the way so I’m not feeling all that great. Sore throat, stuffy sore head, tired, runny nose, asthma and I feel like I’ve got a slight temperature happening. Not really great fun when you have an approx 5 hour bus ride to take. Got into our accomo, and me and my room buddy went to sleep straight away. Somehow the 2 sick people managed to get put in the same room together.

Yesterday went for a walk at like 6:15am in the morning up this mountain to this temple that was at the top of a hill. Was good, and there were all these monkeys up there to greet us.

I’ve decided that visiting India is at the same time also like a whacked out safari trip at the same time. Along opne’s travels you are bound to see: cows, dogs, cats, monkeys, peacocks, turtles and mongoose. And up close. Especially the monkeys. Much better than the zoo any day!

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Am in Pushkar now. Nice quiet town, touristy where I am hanging at the moment. Is cool, there’s little bonfires in the street and we’ve got cane chairs up around the fires just hanging. The bus ride here was funny as because me and some of the others were sitting on the back seat, and everytime there was a speed hump the driver didn’t slow down so we literally went flying. The last bump on the way here was massive and Emma (one of the other girls on the trip), went flying forward, with her MP3 player shooting off down the aisle, and not fairing that well after its little trip either.

Oh yesterday we were in this small village town, and because it was a ‘homestay’ we were imagining a primative environment. How wrong we were. The best place we’ve stayed at so far! Marble floored bathroom, reliable hotwater… and there was a swimming pool.

Anyways I’ve got about 16 days left of my trip. Most of the others are going on to other parts of India / the world. But me it’s slowly on my journey back home (via Singapore of course).

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Well the rest of yesterday went and checked out the City Palace Museum. Then in the afternoon went with Mel whilst she got her palm read. It was an interesting experience nonetheless. Then after that had an early dinner and bummed on a roof top cafe reading and watching the sun set. It was a super early night for me yesterday I fell asleep at 8 something woke up read for a bit then fell back asleep again.

Today went on a road trip about 2 hours out of Udaipur to see a Jain Temple. It was made out of marble with intricate carvings everywhere. On the way back got stuck in traffic as they were doing some mine blasting along the route.

Tomorrow it’s another roadtrip to some small village town. Have to charge up my MP3 player for the road trip.

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In Udaipur now. It’s a nice change from Jodhpur. It’ nice and quiet with not too much smog. An the view of the lake obviously helps. The power has just flicked out here, and this computer is running on UPS power, so i should post this before the backup power dies completely.

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OMG found a Internet joint with *FAST* Internet!!! Yesterday tried this place 30R for 1 hour, except it was so slow it was impossble. In the 20 minutes I was there I wasn’t able to load a single page properly. And it was 15R minimum which we only found out after we gave up! (That’s an easy way to make money – run a Internet joint with a crap connection and a minimu charge). Here it’s 30R for an hour and its DSL speeds (well entry DSL for Australia).

So the last few days. Jaisalmer was cruisy. Went on an overnight camel safari which was heaps cool. Sand dunes, dung beetles, cold weather, fire and sleeping bags… you get the drift. Hilarious thing was we also took out a discman, CDs, MP3 player and computer speakers, so in the night on the sand dunes, we had music playing and sing-a-longs happening. Then we also had the local guy who made up the came safari song for us. Pretty funny moments.

Anyways I’m in Jodhpur now. The so called Blue City however being here in person is very different. It’s actually Rajasthan’s second biggest season, and it is alot like Delhi. Personally I think it is more smoggy, polluted and crazy than Delhi. Drinking chai on roof top cafes and just chilling is cool though. Had breakfast at the Omelette Shop today. They go through 1000 eggs a day!. An omelette (which consists of 2 lots of toast and eggs), chai and a 1L bottle of water was only 26R which is less than $1 AUD. Tasty.

Tomorrow it is on to Udaipur…

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Having really bad luck with the Internet today. Every computer I’ve tried has either been really slow or has network issues. So I’ll be lucky if this even posts.

Caught the overnight train from Delhi to Jaisalmer yesterday. It was 19 hours estimated, but due to more stoppages than normal it was more like 20+. Arrived in Jaisalmer around 2pm today. Jaisalmer is brillant. It’s a magnificant old city with a huge Fort, and we’re staying within the Fort. It’s a very old city, with cobble streets, cows, and it’s a maze just to navigate within it.

Till laters,
Deline

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So Im posting more often that I expected to. Got into New Delhi around 7:30pm (New Delhi time) last night. Caught a taxi to Hotel Good Palace. Except it’s in a very obscure place, so it involved driving around for ages trying to find it and asking people for directions. The first thing that I noticed about Delhi was the smell that smells like petrol / burning rubber. Its really noticable mid morning onwards into the night. But early morning you cant smell it. Must be all the generators or something. I dont find it all that too different from Bangkok. Well I suppose its more like the areas of Bangkok on the train lines, but same thing to me. Finding food to eat is tricky, if you don’t know whats safe, so I actually haen’t eaten all tha much. Maccas is cool here cos they serve a different menu. I had a Vegie Suprise burger. Yes I ate at Maccas – at least I have a faint idea of what thw food is, and I’m hoping it was safe to eat.

This morning went on a little sight seeing. Being Asia, Im sure I got ripped of along the way but I bargined it down anyway so its better than not. Tomorrow evening will be leaving for Jaisalmer which is I think on the edge of the Thar Desert.

Now for a bit of random tech talk. Im typing this on a Wndows 98 machine with only 48MB of RAM! But hey it surfs the net and types so I can’t complain.

Anyways have to go and buy a couple of litres of water now. Not safe to drink or even brush your teeth with tap water here.