My last blog was a retrospective, today I’m looking forward to my trip – I am leaving on the 11th of March. It’s a week away! And no, I’m not very ready… And I’m flying into Rajasthan’s main city, Jaipur. From there I go to Jaisalmer, Jodphur and then to Delhi. Then I fly to Sri Lanka for 2.5 weeks. So what am I most looking forward to?
- Camels in the desert, Jaisalmer
In 1999, my only foray into Rajasthan prior to my upcoming trip, I never headed as far west as Jaisalmer, where people take treks into the desert on camels. Not that I am keen to ride a camel to be honest. But I would like to head out into the desert for a night and this should be the perfect opportunity. And yeah, there may be some camels around. I don’t fancy getting on one, I’ve had plenty of chances in Egypt, Iran and Jordan to get on one, and nothing has propelled me to climb on board. But, I guess you never know.
- Nuwara Eliya, Tea Plantations and Cooler Weather
I think after two weeks of hot weather to start my trip, when I get to the Sri Lankan high country it’s going to be a big relief. A chance for a little hiking, beautiful scenery, and the tea plantations too is making this quite something to look forward too.
- Trains, trains and also, trains!
There’s no country to ride the trains quite like India. Even if I’m not roughing it in 2nd class this time – it’s going to be an amazing experience. I’ve chosen day journeys, so that’s good too. Lots to see out there and train life as well. I’ll be on the train a few times in Sri Lanka too. It’s a different experience, the trains will be climbing a bit, some lush greenery in the hills. Can’t wait!
- The Blue City
Jodphur is a place I haven’t been before, and is legendary for its blue buildings. I’m very excited to see this place, to explore something for the first time.
- Getting decent photos of Rajasthan
As I talk about my previous trip dating back to 1999, you can see that the photos are old, scratchy and frankly a bit rubbish. Compounded by the fact I didn’t take many of them. Yeah, they were taken on film which does provide a little extra nostalgia, but really I want some decent quality digital photos of both India and Sri Lanka under my belt. That will bring a little genuine satisfaction!
- Getting a Shave
Yes. That’s right. In India you can get an amazing shave in these small little barber shops. They are also!
- Getting on that aeroplane!
I tell you, with the last twelve months I’ve had, I am literally staggering to the line of getting away again. Although it’s only about 10 months since my last trip, I feel like it was so much longer ago. Working excessive hours, being tired, frustrated with life and work… I just can’t wait to finally get away from it all for 4 weeks. March the eleventh is that date. It can’t come soon enough!
And there you are. A quick list today. The days are disappearing, but somehow it seems further away than it did at Christmas! Still, I suppose the day will come… thanks for stopping by today – and May the Journey Never End!