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13th December – Leaving Udaipur, going through Gujarat and night train to Mumbai

We leave for Mumbai today on a sleeper train at 9:30pm. Checked out at 10am and had almost 11hrs to kill.

Houston, we have a problem. The ticket from Sri Lanka to Manila is proving more expensive than we have budgeted for, we are looking at €300 each. So there’s a change of plan. We will not be visiting Philippines. We are going to spend an extra week in Sri Lanka and maybe an extra week in Indonesia or somewhere else.

We booked our flights from Sri Lanka on 19th Jan to Malaysia through Air Asia. After additional costs our tickets £177 for the both of us. Need to rearrange itinerary around a bit but should be ok.

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Went into town, Julie wanted to do some shopping, never seen her do soo much shopping in my life and there is no GAP here either.

Visited a marble temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. At the steps leading to the gates of the temple, we found sadhus sat there asking for you to take photos of them in exchange for money. Also old women beggars shouting at us trying to get our attention.

Had lunch and I bought a book called A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

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We saw the American guy a few times and we dipped our head and avoided eye contact with him.

Grabbed an auto rickshaw to the train station and jumped on our train. We are in AC2 which means there are four people sharing a berth and can pull a curtain to divide it from the aisle of the train.

Started reading my new book as I’ve just completed White Tiger. Fastest I have ever read a book and think I have my mojo back for reading books.

En français:

On quitte Udaipur ce soir pour Mumbai donc on a toute la journée pour visiter d’autres coins de Udaipur.

Le matin, on visite le temple Jagdish, qui est le plus important de Udaipur et dévoue a Jagannath, une version de Vishnu.

On déjeune au bord du lac dans un petit boui-boui vraiment pas cher: Jasmine restaurant. On vadrouille encore un peu dans la ville avant de retourner a la guesthouse pour se reposer et organiser la suite du voyage. Notre séjour aux Philippines semble compromis a cause de la hausse des prix des billets. A voir.

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On dine encore une fois sur le toit puis on prend un auto jusqu’a la gare. Le chauffeur se prend pour Schumacher dans so petit tuk-tuk et roule a fond dans les virages. On arrive a la gare bien a l’heure.

On attend que les portes ouvrent (ils préparent les couchettes) puis on s’installe. Quand on quitte la gare, a l’heure, on est tout seuls dans notre section. Mais quand je me réveille un peu plus tard, je vois qu’on a été rejoints par une femme et son fils.

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  1. Marie
    16 December, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    coucou c’est trop dommage si vous loupez les Philippines surtout les plus belles rizières du monde …

  2. the other jk
    17 December, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I loved a Thousand Splendid Suns – you must read the Kite Runner too! Spend your extra week in Australia!!!! xxxx

    • 3 January, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      How good was the kite runner, very sad though. Not sure which one I prefer. Also JK, We arrive in the morning around 7am.xx

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