Some of the events below took place yesterday but I was unable to post because the internet in our current hotel is rubbish. There is a wireless router attached to the wall pretty much 3 meters from our room but even after powering it off and on again there is no internet connection. This hotel is shit.. period! The two young dudes at reception seem to be interested in watching music videos on youtube and don’t seem to understand much english at all unfortunately. At least they can decipher that we want our room keys!
YESTERDAY: Day11 – Udaipur
We left the palace this morning (as you do) in private cars. The car we were in was pretty new and the driver had left plastic coverings over some bits. This vehicle seemed to be his baby and he was very careful not to get it dented because from the looks of some cars in India.. you can get dented at anytime and from any direction. It was a very comfortable ride and about four hours later we arrived in Udaipur. We are staying here for two days at the hotel Shakar Kot and it has seen better days. Compared to all of the other places that we have stayed so far this is very bad IMHO. Other places had some quirks and minor annoyances but this place is run down and needs to fall over. We all arrived in the early afternoon and went to the top floor restaurant and the food was really bad. They shot themselves in the foot there and we are all going elsewhere for breakfast tomorrow. Our room has no shower and they will change our room tomorrow but really this place isn’t somewhere I would ever stay if I were booking myself. Bad stuff Intrepid!
We had a wee walking tour about the immediate area surrounding our hotel and this area is certainly different. Some lanes are so narrow that cars cannot even drive through them which isn’t too bad really. Some places even the Tuk Tuk’s can’t get to so it’s foot power.. or motorcycle of course 😉
We went to a cultural show this evening and it was very good! We have been to other shows in different countries and always came away feeling a bit let down but this was fantastic.
TODAY: Day 12 – Udaipur
We went to a rather nice place for breakfast where they also managed to mess things up a bit. we asked if they had brown bread for toast but they said no.. only white bread, so we had white bread. Later some other group members bacon and egg sandwiches arrived on.. you guessed it.. fucking brown bread! We ordered Museli with fruit because we have really been craving some normal food. It turned out to be just a boxed Muslei but really.. it took nearly thirty minutes to get some Muslei from a box, into a bowl, and place it on a table? Other group members also ordered Museli a bit later because their meals were quite small. Their Museli arrived with fresh fruit on top! Arghhh! The Muslei was kind of sugary but still a welcome respite from banana on toast which is pretty much the only other option available in the hotels 😀
After breakfast we went to the City Castle which is really gigantic! The guided tour took over two hours so after that we were totally (I mean totally!) castled out. There are now days and days of photos that I need to sort and crop and post on facebook. It’s almost like my fulltime job when I’m not sightseeing or eating french fries (the only thing that seems to agree with our stomachs LOL).
This evening we are going on a boat ride on Lake Pichola which should be nice and relaxing. After that we are having an early dinner because we have an early start tomorrow.. we are catching a train to Pushkar. For this train journey we have to be ready to leave the hotel (good fucking riddance!) at 5:15am.. eeek! There will be no food that we should eat on the train so we went shopping this afternoon. we returned to the place where we had breakfast and after some lengthy discussion they made us two salad sandwiches on BROWN bread! They look fantastic and we are looking forward to scoffing them for breakfast on the train tomorrow.. We also went to a Germanm bakery and purchased Chocolate Balls which have chocolate, butter, coconut, and other naughty things in them so they will be great!
Well I’m getting sick of sitting in reception.. I’d rather be relaxing in our room. even though the bathroom basin tap dribbles, the shower doesn’t work, the back of the bathroom door has been kicked in and some plywood has been screwed onto the hole, the window vibrates with the AC.. it’s still better than sitting down here! did I mention previously.. fuck this joint?? 😀