This is my last day in
just spent the last four days in
Christina, If you're reading this, I have much admiration of your spirit for having lived here. Now I understand why it changed you the way it did.
Well, here goes. The flight to
On arrival in
So, I hope this gives you an idea of the ambiance of
We had a wake up call to catch our train to
design. Inside lay the tombs of the last Mughal Emperor and his wife, for whom he built the Taj as a symbol of his eternal love...
Next we drove to Fakih Sirrar - the ancient capital of
Jaipur was magical. The following day we rose at dawn to ride an elephant to the top of Amber Fort, in the middle of the beautiful Rajikstan desert hills. The experience was unforgettable - I even got my photo taken on top of an elephants' head!! The view of the "pink city" (so called because the majority of buildings are pink in color, and because the land is pinkish) was spectacular. We also visited a carpet making factory and a Jewellery factory. Yes, I gave in and bought a few precious stones - but they were ridiculously good value. I got very upset at this one historic sight, where I found 4 puppies trapped in this 2 by 2 corridor of a fort surrounded by barbed wire. They were starving and so weak from dehydration they couldn't move their heads and just lay there whimpering waiting to die..... it was horrible. Of course, seeing the hungry children everywhere we went was highly disturbing, and constantly in my mind is the question of whether to give or not? Does it simply reinforce the begging, or does it really help?
I ended up giving away all of my food.
My other highlight was taking the sleeper train back to
We also visited the Gandhi museum and walked around the garden where he was assassinated in 1949. I bought his biography at the airport - its fascinating.
Ok - I better go - I'm sorry this letter was SO long, hopefully you enjoyed reading it. I'm about to go shopping for a while, and then maybe head to the beach for a horse back ride. Back on the ship at and we're sailing for
Please please stay in touch and let me know how you are all doing!