Jaipur: From one city to the next

Writing this entry from a slow Internet cafe in Bundi, a small city in southern Rajasthan. Things here are quiet. After the madness of Delhi and Jaipur the calm is welcomed. We rented bikes and wandered around the small towns and countryside. We are constantly confronted with beauty and squalor, most often at the same time. Bundi is in all senses beautiful and warm-hearted. But first some impressions from Jaipur, another fast metropolis (although not quite Delhi-speed) with crowded markets and pink walls. Still not up to par in our bargaining techniques. Jaipur was almost too much for us. I managed to get into several arguments with store owners and rickshaw wallas over cents and fractions of cents believing in some vague principle of good and proper business. Despite the taunts and yelps, which by now seem normal enough and easier to ignore, Jaipur was a worthwhile stop. We stayed with a generous family and met an Israeli couple, Rona and Ilya, that are still traveling with us.
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A view to Jaipur from the monkey temple

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by the observatory, a man sifting through clay

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Vivi at ease in her rickshaw

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Jaipur, the pink city

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something wonderful about the lines of the old cars

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at rickshaw speed faster vehicles pass us by. but things in general are slow. it’s a slow chaos.

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on our way to Ambar fort we endured an amazing stench near at the water palace

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Ambar fort

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the oliphants, Frodo!

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inside Amber

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at first I thought they were lovers kissing through a screen

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and then

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todos los colores del mundo

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i will never get used to the monkeys, unpredictable creatures with an emotional range all too close to our own

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towards the Hanuman temple

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goodnight Jaipur (palace of the wind)

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