Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today's post is written by Jamie

We left Delhi the day before yesterday. I was ready to get out of the city. We were there for a week, and between all the traffic and constant noise, my nerves were a little rattled. Although we had fun exploring the city, eating great food, and shopping. I was surprised the first couple days that several locals recognized Joanna from previous trips. One of the things that we made a priority there was to find places for Walker to run and be on the loose. I'm sure he got tired of holding our hands and being carried every where we went due to traffic and crowds.

We took an overnight train to the desert city of Jaisalmer. I have never traveled by train before, and had fun kicking back and watching the world go by. We got tickets in sleeper class, and got dibs on top bunks across from across from each other so we could talk and watch each other's stuff. It's a no frills experience, but any overnight travel where you can be horizontal is o.k. by me.
Now we are in Jaisalmer, which is a friendly city of about 20,000. It's about 40 miles from the Pakistan boarder, and several times a day, fighter jets fly over. Apparently they fly right up to Pakistani air space and turn around. Some sort of muscle flexing I guess. We have also seen lots of tanks and artillery pieces.
We are lucky enough to be staying in a massive fort built 800 years ago. It would rival any castle in Europe and looks like it has grown out of the desert as if they were one in the same. Think about the most kick ass sand castle you can imagine & multiply it by 10! There is a wonderful restaurant on the roof with great city/desert views where we have been hanging out with the friendly staff. We toured the fort and have had fun exploring the narrow winding streets and alleys of this cool city. This afternoon we are going on a jeep trip and camel ride in the desert to visit some local villages and see the sights. Tomorrow, onto the blue city of Jodhpor.


Anonymous said...

Love hearing your voice Jamie:)
Wow, this place looks amazing! So cool your so close to Pakistan! Can't wait to read more! Xo

Metalmurph said...

Great blog Jamie! Rick and I loved Jaisalmer. Hope you get to do some dune jumping in the desert. I know Walker would LOVE that!

Auntie Erin said...

So glad you guys made it to Jaisalmer!