Shopping at last!
Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
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However, I wasn't expecting to wake up to rain this morning, thought I was back in Blighty for a minute there! We even had thunder and lightning last night too.... Anyway, I don't let a small thing like rain get in the way of a shopping session so we carried on....
I got a tuk tuk over with Solveig, one of the girls who I'm volunteering with, and we got dropped off by the gateway to the Pink City.
The roads and pavements (if you can call them that!) were a bit of a mess not least cos of the usual litter and general debris that usually greets you everywhere you walk in India, but it was twice as bad due to the downpour
We walked along to Hawa Mahal which is a famous historic building where the royal family used to live and also a Jaipur landmark. Walking along each road took a long time cos there was so much to look at plus shopkeepers waving 'silk' scarves and various other items in your face. You'd think they'd realise if they actually left you alone you'd be more likely to buy something!
There were some uh-mazing shops on these roads, particularly Johari Bazaar which was my personal fave. Shops filled with costume jewellery, colourful embellished sari's, leather pumps and bangles, I was definitely in shopper's paradise!
So we each ended up making a few purchases, god knows where I'm gonna pack this stuff cos my bag is so frickin small but I'll worry about that later! The guy in the shoe shop was the funniest cos he tried to charge Solveig more for a pair of sandals cos her feet were bigger and it used more leather or some crap like that. Anyway I said it was discrimination and we got the price down which was quite satisfying
We went for lunch at a place I remembered from my last visit called LMB which is a vegetarian restaurant with an amazing sweet shop/bakery attached. I had the Rajasthan thali which was soooo good, again I asked for the spiciest one cos I didn't want the tame version for westerners! I also bought some Indian biscuits on my way out which I scoffed within about 20 minutes of leaving the place. They do such good biscuits here, who needs McVities?! I should also mention that LMB did the best banana lassi of my trip so far, scrumptious!
We fancied a ride in a cycle rickshaw so picked one up to take us to the Raj Mandir cinema which is quite well known and where I saw a Bollywood movie on my last India trip. After that we hopped on a tuk tuk to a shop called Anokhi which we'd heard lots of good things about. It has a really nice coffee shop and the cakes looked delish! We shared a lime tart cos we were both pretty full by this point but I'll definitely be going back....
I called our mode of transport the disco tuk tuk cos our driver decided to pump up his sound system on the way which was pretty hilarious. He seemed to enjoy it anyway!
This evening we had dinner at the house then watched some trash on tv for a while before I started falling asleep and decided to call it a night. Not before having a couple of Face Time convo's with my mate Lois and my bro too which was a nice way to end the day.
Definitely ready for bed now but had a really nice day and am pleased with my purchases!