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After Bharatpur and Deeg, we hit the road for Jaipur. It was a longer drive than we expected as the road was under construction and being shared by workers, vehicles, tractors, camels, horses, donkeys, motorcycles and people. We pulled in to Jaipur to find out our hotel had given away our reservation. They were very sorry (argh), gave us free lunch, and found another place for us. This ended up being a home stay, which was very nice, but very expensive. Ah well. We had a little cottage in a gorgeous garden way out of town. And here is how we spent our various evenings there (clockwise from above): eating the long, skinny, red Indian carrots, making playsets for the carved elephants we got in Bharatpur, holding puppet shows with our new Rajasthani puppets, and holding 'balance offs' with bright brass buckets.

The city is famous as a marketplace for goods that come from all over Rajasthan, and in that respect we were not disappointed. We spent a lot of time in the fabric market area, and saw as the material was made by foot-pedaled sewing machine, and brought in on bicycle.
Many of the shops are hidden in winding, narrow alleys with the goods displayed for passersby to feel and inspect.
Most of the stock is inside, piled floor-to-ceiling. Some of the clothes are wound up very tightly, to give them a crinkled look that seems to be very much in demand.

Alea led the charge in some pretty hard bargaining one evening that got us a bunch of outfits, skirts, and shawls.

Jaipur is a crazy city that is even more overwhelming than Mumbai (yes, this is the truth).

Jaipur is known as the Pink City, though we're not sure why. Supposedly, the whole city was painted pink in the early 20th century for a Prince of Wales visit. 

People were getting ready for the big kite flying festival that was coming up in a few weeks, and the kite shops were doing a brisk business.

And if your money is old and ragged, or you want to get rid of all those coins, the sidewalk money changer is the guy to see.

Breck liked the Rajasthani taxis...

 It is louder, dirtier, smellier and poorer. We spent one day here and were glad the other two were on ventures out of the city.

It is more orange than pink, though, and the grime and betel spit everywhere just makes it dirty no matter the color.

This is a place you could get something to eat with your spool of kite string!

The watch repair shop, situated right off the main road, is where they do it real old-school style!!

and so did Alea!!

We scooted around the city on auto- and bicycle rickshaws, running into temples with monkey-faced gods and our old buddy Sai Baba!
The girls did some bangle shopping from the stalls located everywhere, and when we had Pizza Hut for dinner one night, we were treated to a song and dance revue by the wait staff - you'll never see that in America, folks!

And we ate in an outdoor Beer Bar for our last meal (and picture) of 2007!!!
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