Believe it or not, I have been busy, or at least as busy as an "Indian housewife" can be. And by busy I mean going on sightseeing and shopping trips with my friends. Rough life.
So here is a taste of what I've been up to...
This palace (not sure what qualifies as a palace, more of a hotel), is located exactly an hour north of Jaipur. It was SO quiet here, no traffic to be heard. We enjoyed a relaxing lunch and a tour of the grounds with beautifully decorated rooms.
|Me, Isilda, Marcela, Marcela's son Gabi, mother in law Rita, and aunt Toni - visiting form Brazil|
Destination: UnknownSo remember at the end of my last blog, I mentioned I was still digesting our crazy events of that day? Well...I would like to get into detail about the adventure we had, but I don't want my blog to be about bashing anyone, so I'm going to tread lightly.
But here is what I will share...
My friend has gotten familiar with a gentleman who lives in a village about forty minutes out of town and employs women of that village to make exported textiles. To give you context, the expat community is VERY small. We get familiar with faces because us foreigners all shop and eat at the same places we deem to be safe and hygienic.
Anyways, myself, Marcela, Isilda, and Marcela's visiting mother in law and aunt made the trip to see this place. We are always looking for a new experience. And well, this certainly was.
Let's just say there was nothing to see...no products to show us, no one working, and due to the use of various substances, this guys altered mental state made it impossible for us to gain anything of value from visiting him. I did enjoy seeing his property, and there were lots of cute puppies but that was about it.
In the end, we spent less time there than it took us to drive, and after being able to quickly assess our situation, we left. We are all lucky to have great drivers that not only get us from point A to point B, but also look out for our safety. Marcela's driver was always nearby looking out for us, so don't freak. This place is also in a travel guidebook for Jaipur... so I feel like that book publisher needs to re-evaluate that.
When I think about it, it's not a likely situation that my friends and I would drive out to the country to visit a strangers "factory", but when in India...
Below is a picture of Marcela's husband Roberto and his mother Rita. They made us a delicious dinner of homemade spaetzle and pork. It was SO good to eat a home-cooked meal and enjoy it with friends.
Besides chicken, meat isn't really available here in Jaipur, unless you want a turkey that still has its feet and head attached and is loosely wrapped in a garbage bag. Yum.
Roberto works in Mumbai, and him and Marcela have learned to take advantage of India's crappy security restrictions by bringing things such as pork tenderloin, bacon, and steaks in carry on luggage that are readily available in bigger, more modern cities like Mumbai. It may sound strange, but it works! Gotta do what we can to get our groceries.
I have more to share, but I'll save it for next time...
Overall, life is good. My new goal is to see or do something new every week, so I'll have more to show you next time.