Tuesday, November 14, 2006

mumbai & and my last day (OTUR)



alright now this is the last day of india for me and i think i'm ready to come to europe but i'm a bit afraid that i will get a bit of a cold shock or so i hear but it will be good!!!so what have i done the last stretch of my trip me and stu where on our way to pushkar but didn't quite make it but got stuck in jaipur for a few days, bowels and such but the day before i left stu to head towards mumbai we went with this dude and had a look where they cut semipreciuos stones and that was quite interesting to see how they start with the raw stone and then moving on to the final stone nice! then i left stu and jumped on a train to mumbai where i meet a pretty chilled swed so i got to get into swedish again! once there wich took a while i might add, i haven't been on a train that has been less than 2 hours late one thing i'm looking foward to is things that work!!anyway once there we went on to split a room cause the prices in mumbai is quite steep compared to the rest of india! and then just cruise in town looking at people and the town is actually very nice a bit of a shock since all the other big towns i've seen have been quite scruffy and smelly but not the area where i have been here but then again mumbai is supposed to have asia's biggest slum and i did see a sign that offered slum tours quite bizzare but i gave it a miss anyway it's about time to go and pack my backpack for the last time on this trip and it's not a sad thing since i'm quite tired living from a back pack next time if there will be one it will be a lot lighter!! will try to sum up my trip once i'm back in sweden so one more entry in a week or so and the last photos, so untill then u know what to do!!!!

tranquille seb!!!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

varanasi


hi there i'm now in varanasi and have been spendingt a few days checking it out and for a big town it's very nice and have a chilled atmosphere about it but there is a lot of crazy things going on here! went for a walk by the river and saw what they do once you are dead wich is either burn the body by the ganga river or wrap it in cloth and tie it to a stone then u rent a boat and paddle out about 20 m and ditch it in the river but i think the main thing is to burn it and the fires are burning from morning till night and there is a lot of fires going on and it takes about 3 hours to burn a body and 350 kg of wood and once the fire is out u just sweep it into the river and for being a holy river it's not very well taken care of it is damn filth and all sorts of stuff floating around and people are swiming and fishing in it but i wouldn't stick my toe in it yuck! did go for a funky boatride on the evening of the full moon and they had some festival here and the amount of people along the river edge was quite unbeliveble and i was very happy to be on a boat and seeing all the candels that they lit along the river side + a lot of candels on small leaf boats in the river very pretty and a lot of fireworks for a few hours so all good! but today we are heading out of here an onwards to someplace else not sure of the name but i know when i get there! getting a bit worried about the end of my trip (6 days WHAT!!) and the upcoming reality check but it will be very nice to get rid of the backpack and come up with a new plan but i'll try not to think to much about it i still have my 6 days so chill out and keep it real!!!

tranquille seb

Friday, November 03, 2006

kashmir



Allright I’m back and have been having a wicked time up in the mountains in Kashmir was just supposed to stay for a few days but it was so nice that we ended up staying for 2 weeks and I must say that Kashmir is one of the nicest places I’ve been but that could be because the family we stayed with did take so good care of us and sorted us out with two real good characters to take us up in the mountains. So the first two days we stayed in the house boat and just took it easy and then up to the hills and the first place we went to was quite high up in a small gypsy town and I have think that they are some of the friendliest people I have meet! And up there it was a lot of fishing and walking I did try horse riding one time up there but the trails was on the thin side and I was not entirely comfortable so I did quite a bit of walking that time ! the second place we went to was a bit more people around but the nature was very nice indeed and here I did try a bit more riding the path was a bit wider here in most places so I stayed on the horse for almost 24 km so I did have a very sore backside that evening not to mention the day after ! but the fishing was not the best here so we decided to go back to the first place for another 2 days fishing and we did have a good time again! The food we have been served has been the best I have been eating in India but unfortunately all good things must come to an end so the next can start an although I loved Kashmir it’s good to be on the move again. Basically we got in to delhi this afternoon and heading out 5:30 tomorrow morning to agra to see taj mahal for one day and then to verenassi and then back to rishikesh I think but time is running out fast now only 12 more days until reality check and I kinda looking forward to it and at the same time not at all but we’ll see what happens then anyway getting hungry so until next time keep it real friends!!!

Tranquille seb