...And Then There Were Three
Trip Start Feb 02, 2011
23Trip End Feb 24, 2011
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So Jen met us at the hotel at around 11:00am (she had arrived yesterday from Japan) and we headed over to meet Moustak (our travel agent) at Friend's Travel and settle up the bill, which consisted of the hotel, tours and transportation in Varanasi, the train ride to Delhi, and the 14 day Rajathstan tour for the three of us which includes our driver (hooray Mr. Singh!), all hotels, all breakfasts, two tours, two dinners and a camel ride in Jaisalmer. We’re spending more than I expected but I could care less, because at the end of the day, when your memory starts to stray, it’s the prices and costs that will pack up and leave you first.
The four hour drive to Agra was quite uneventful, although it’s nice having Jen along because she has such a positive outlook and she oozes radiance the way our bodies feed from the sun. It’s always great having another soul to collect memories with; especially when it’s through travel which is basically memories on steroids.
As we arrived into Agra it was immediately apparent that the city was much cleaner yet smaller than the other cities so far. Some cars were newer models and you could tell there was less dirt because the white cars were actually white
We're staying at the Hotel Royal Residence in a modest room on the second floor. Tonight we ate dinner at yet another touristy restaurant where all of the white people in the city are brought together to stare at one another and pretend we’re all back home again. We bought some "black whiskey" (i.e. nasty local whiskey, since even Johnny Walker Red is almost $50.00) on the way to restuarant for around $15.00 at a little liquor shop on the way and poured it generously into our warm glasses of Pepsi. The necessity to "take the edge off" here is an understatement.