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Rishi-what?

Rihsikesh!

Namaste everyone,

Well, we had an exciting departure from Delhi. Nate, Amber and I had booked our train tickets to Rishikesh a few days earlier, but Balraj wasn't sure wether or not he really wanted to come. The night before he decided yes, so we all trekked off the the train station for 5 in the morning to get him a ticket. We got him one, and we all got on the right train (this was the first time we'd braved old delhi train station by ourselves. The train from DElhi to Harridwar went backwards most of the way, but i didn't notice because i was sleeping. We got to Harridwar, and took the bus an hour to rishikesh. We decided to stay in the same hotel the others from our group stayed at before. Since there are 4 of us. it was cheapest to get the big room at the top of the hotel. We're living like princes and princesses right now. i'll take a picture of the room for you guys to see. The day we got there, we went for a quick lunch around 3. then slept till 9 at night. We had some tea and nan at the resatuaraunt, then went back to sleep until 10 in the morning. We were apparantly a bit tired. That day, we spent some time exploring rishikesh, and went to the most amazing samosa place bal and nate had found when they were here a few months ago. Not only are their potato samosas great, but they make chocolate and banana samosas as well. It was maybe the most amazing thing I have ever eaten. We each had three of them, as we watched the ganga float by. That afternoon was spent wandering. I got headbutted by a cow, and watched monkey scare other people. Later, we went to the evening arti. Rishikesh is a pilgrimage place for hindus, and every night, they have a ceremony for the ganga. There is alot of singing, then you light a candle in a leaf bowl full of flowers, and send it off down the river. it was quite becautiful. We grabed some dinner from a dhaba on the way home, then went back to the hotel. There really isn't much to do at night here. so we spend alotof time just chatting, or doing handstands in our hotel room.

Later today, we're going rafting on the Ganga, then back for some more chocolate and banana samosas. I really like it in rishikesh. It's really relaxed and confortable, and there are alot of "englightened" pretentious white people here to laugh at.

I really can't beleive it is almost christmas time. This morning, as we were having breakfast, there were donkeys walking by with bells on and the room we were in would have looked spectacular with christmas lights. It got us thinking of christmas, and I made a snowflake out of the paper under my cup and we stuck it to the window with spit. Ahh, I hope there is snow on the ground wheni get home!!

That's all for now. Hope you are all well,

xoxo jess

Posted by jchapelski 21:33

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