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<p>I&#8217;ve been looking at this bag in particular, the Osprey Farpoint 40:</p>
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<p>It&#8217;s a 40L backpack small enough to be allowed on airplanes as cabin luggage. It
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<p>If I do get this bag, I&#8217;m planning on getting one of these neato dry daypacks:</p>
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<p>It&#8217;s a lightweight bag that I could use day to day for carrying my camera and a
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<p>By 6:30am when I planned to get up I&#8217;d completely given up hope of getting any
sleep and got up and made myself a coffee, then zipped up my bag fully packed.</p>
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for the whole flight with my neck feeling great. So the pillow may not get
turfed quite so early.</p>
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<p>The stopover in Singapore was brief, only about 1 hour, so I didn&#8217;t really get
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up at the collection window as though that was going to get theirs processed
faster.</p>
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<p>After just over an hour they finally called my name and gave me my passport
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<p>I set out to explore the city on foot, finding that as a westerner you&#8217;re expected to never want to walk anywhere. I was continuously hassled by motorbike taxis, who couldn&#8217;t seem to accept my answer that I just wanted to walk around and get a feel for the place, constantly rebutting with &#8220;Where do you want to go?&#8221;. I didn&#8217;t want to go anywhere, I just wanted to look around without being accosted damn it.</p>
<p>I ended up at the Ho Chi Minh Museum, an old and massive palace with a marble floored underground bunker, filled with bits and pieces of Vietnam&#8217;s history. Sadly the English translations left a lot to be desired so I didn&#8217;t get all that much out of it, but it was a cool building.</p>
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+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9689649648/" title="Underground bunker door under Ho Chi Minh Museum by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Underground bunker door under Ho Chi Minh Museum" height="800" src="/images/cache/2829/9689649648_3e54286c72_c.jpg" width="601" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Underground bunker door under Ho Chi Minh Museum</em></a></p>
<p>I started to get too hot so I went looking for somewhere air conditioned to chill for a bit and found a fancy shopping centre. The place looked expensive, which gave me hope that I&#8217;d be able to break on of these stupid 500K Dong notes that the ATM gave me, that pretty much nobody ever has enough change for. I ended up getting lunch there, some fresh spring rolls, pork, eggs and &#8220;broken&#8221; rice, but the rice seems pretty normal to me. Then I bought a nice ice cream, sesame and tapioca, and sat int eh cool typing up a blog post.</p>
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<p>When we arrived at the tunnels we sat and watched a video that was so nationalistic/anti-American it was painful to watch; how the evil Americans were out to prevent Vietnam re-unifying (completely ignoring that, as I understand it, the south wasn&#8217;t actually supportive of that, hence why the war didn&#8217;t end when America and Co pulled out), and how this guy, that guy and another guy was awarded the killing Americans bravery awards for killing Americans, killing American this, killing Americans that. At one point I&#8217;m sure that every sentence spoken for a few minutes had &#8220;killing Americans&#8221; in it at least twice.</p>
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<p>The after the propaganda film we moved onto the actual site, were shown huge B-52 bomb craters which were all over the place. We were shown one of the &#8220;manhole&#8221; entrances to the tunnels. People were allowed to hop in for a photo but the hole looked crazy small and I didnt think my shoulders would fit through so I didn&#8217;t give it a go. Next we saw a variety of different booby traps they used with the intention of perforating the Viet Cong&#8217;s enemy soldiers and dogs; they were pretty vicious looking contraptions.</p>
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+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9686439099/" title="Boobie traps by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Boobie traps" height="601" src="/images/cache/7376/9686439099_f42af69472_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Boobie traps</em></a></p>
<p>We saw some ammunition making and hospital trenches/holes, then arrived at the shooting range. Having a shooting range on site means there&#8217;s always the sound of gunfire in the trees, maybe giving the place an atmosphere somewhat like it would have been back in the war. I paid to fire 10 shots with an AK-47 at a whopping $1.60 per bullet. For a rifle that&#8217;s claimed to be so reliable you can submerge it in water and it will still shoot, the one I had seemed to keep fucking up and not actually firing so we&#8217;d take the unfired bullet and put it back in the clip. Having seen the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ovyeoyl29I&amp;list=PL9ED6B6AA7A8C2CDC&amp;index=2">youtube video by that guy fpsrussia where he slathers one in bacon and then slops soft serve all over it and it still fires</a>, I can only assume the one I shot was incredibly old (maybe genuinely from the war?) and was overdue for retirement.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9686453205/" title="Me shooting an AK-47 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me shooting an AK-47" height="601" src="/images/cache/3804/9686453205_d906d609cb_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me shooting an AK-47</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9686453205/" title="Me shooting an AK-47 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me shooting an AK-47" height="601" src="/images/cache/3804/9686453205_d906d609cb_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me shooting an AK-47</em></a></p>
<p>After the shooting range we went down into the enlarged tourist tunnels, and to be honest they were bigger than I expected. I thought we&#8217;d be forced to crawl on our hands and knees the whole way but we could walk bent over flat at the waist pretty OK. There was only one tight spot that required hands and knees. I guess in the real ones someone my size would have gone hands and knees all the time, and gotten stuck at the choke points.</p>
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<p>The war museum was interesting, but not catered to someone who knows next to nothing about the history of the war. There was lots of stuff about the specifics that happened, but very little about the motives of either side. There was a load of stuff about the after effects of agent orange on people of both sides of the war, but I needed to look up it up online to find it was a herbicide being sprayed to kill off all the vegetation so the Viet Cong couldn&#8217;t hide among it.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9689702796/" title="A Chinook helicopter by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="A Chinook helicopter" height="601" src="/images/cache/7399/9689702796_82b43c01e7_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>A Chinook helicopter</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9689702796/" title="A Chinook helicopter by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="A Chinook helicopter" height="601" src="/images/cache/7399/9689702796_82b43c01e7_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>A Chinook helicopter</em></a></p>
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<p>Next I went to the reunification palace, where the president of the south used to live.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9686719861/" title="Reunification Palace by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Reunification Palace" height="337" src="/images/cache/3749/9686719861_be570249f1_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Reunification Palace</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9686719861/" title="Reunification Palace by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Reunification Palace" height="337" src="/images/cache/3749/9686719861_be570249f1_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Reunification Palace</em></a></p>
<p>It&#8217;s a pretty kitch old place with an underground bunker under it that&#8217;s full of neat old equipment.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9686484873/" title="Comms equipment in the bunker under the Reunification Palace by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The internet" height="601" src="/images/cache/2820/9686484873_29391a797d_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The internet</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9686484873/" title="Comms equipment in the bunker under the Reunification Palace by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The internet" height="601" src="/images/cache/2820/9686484873_29391a797d_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The internet</em></a></p>
<p>I got a cyclo from there to the Notre Dame cathedral, which was fun for a bit, but then it got pretty hot being in the sun and not moving fast enough to get a breeze. The old guy pedalling was pretty stubborn that he&#8217;d take me to the next place I went to and I ended up having to slip the money into his shirt pocket and walking off to find a motorbike driver.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9689736570/" title="My cyclo driver was a dude by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="My cyclo driver was quite a character" height="601" src="/images/cache/5333/9689736570_e474a5477c_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>My cyclo driver was quite a character</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9689736570/" title="My cyclo driver was a dude by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="My cyclo driver was quite a character" height="601" src="/images/cache/5333/9689736570_e474a5477c_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>My cyclo driver was quite a character</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9686495603/" title="Me being a lazy bastard in a Cyclo by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me being a lazy bastard in a Cyclo" height="601" src="/images/cache/3755/9686495603_a54c6e8f5d_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me being a lazy bastard in a Cyclo</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9686495603/" title="Me being a lazy bastard in a Cyclo by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me being a lazy bastard in a Cyclo" height="601" src="/images/cache/3755/9686495603_a54c6e8f5d_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me being a lazy bastard in a Cyclo</em></a></p>
<p>I went from there to the Bitexco building, the tallest building in HCMC with an observation deck near the top. It gave a great view of the city, the most intersting part being a patch of land right near the city that was almost all flattened and growing vegetation, while the photos of the area showed houses that used to be there. I asked about it and apparently it&#8217;s the site of the new business district that they&#8217;re expecting to be completed in 15 years. It would be pretty eye opening to come back when it&#8217;s done and see that area that&#8217;s currently mostly grass and debris being a bustling mess of skyscrapers.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9690013230/" title="New-Business-District-Panorama-large.jpg by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The New Business District of HCMC" height="270" src="/images/cache/2819/9690013230_3c79b12f39_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The New Business District of HCMC</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9690013230/" title="New-Business-District-Panorama-large.jpg by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The New Business District of HCMC" height="270" src="/images/cache/2819/9690013230_3c79b12f39_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The New Business District of HCMC</em></a></p>
<p>I went back to the hostel to rest for a bit, and than at 3 I went and met up with a nice HCMC local, Trinh, that I met through OK Cupid. She took me for a ride on her motorbike, went to a park where we sat and had iced Vietnamese coffee and talked for a while, answering a lot of the questions I&#8217;d wondered about things in Vietnam. Then went to a pho bo bar, and had some pho, this time with more instruction as to how to eat it. It was much better this time around, but I still think I&#8217;m a bigger fan of non-soup Vietnamese dishes.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9686509545/" title="Me and Trinh by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me and Trinh" height="600" src="/images/cache/3679/9686509545_fe8282507c_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me and Trinh</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9686509545/" title="Me and Trinh by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me and Trinh" height="600" src="/images/cache/3679/9686509545_fe8282507c_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me and Trinh</em></a></p>
<p>I chilled out at the hostel for a bit and the rain started bucketing down again, stranding me there for most of the evening. I sat in the common area and drank beers with an American dude who&#8217;d just come from Cambodia and I got some tips from him where to stay in Phnom Penh. Eventually the rain eased up so I quickly ducked out and got some pork buns and some other buns that I thought the woman said were beef, but instead has a yummy sweet paste in them.</p>
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<p>We next went to a Sikh temple, which was much cleaner, more welcoming, more attractive to look at, and was happy to give free meals to anyone regardless of gender, faith or skin colour; a bit of a stark contrast to the Mosque. We learned about how Sikh believers always carry some sort of a knife or spear, and never cut their hair or beards because they believe it shows their wisdom, and how large turbans are actually full of lots of hair. I guess I have got some good beard wisdom going on, but not so good hair wisdom :P</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9075998621/" title="Me wearing a pink headscarf thingy by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me wearing a pink headscarf thingy" src="/images/cache/7403/9075998621_efb66339e3_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me wearing a pink headscarf thingy</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9075998621/" title="Me wearing a pink headscarf thingy by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me wearing a pink headscarf thingy" src="/images/cache/7403/9075998621_efb66339e3_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me wearing a pink headscarf thingy</em></a></p>
<p>We then had breakfast in a little parantha shop that made some amazing food. I had a cashew nut parantha, a flat bread stuffed with cashews served with some vegetable curries, and it was really something special.</p>
<p>In the afternoon Nicolle and I went in search of snacks for the overnight train, and made a trip to the police station to make a report about Nicolle&#8217;s camera that was stolen from her the day before.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9075995749/" title="McPunjabi's by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="McPunjabi's" src="/images/cache/7425/9075995749_9628591e4a_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>McPunjabi&#8217;s</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9075995749/" title="McPunjabi's by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="McPunjabi's" src="/images/cache/7425/9075995749_9628591e4a_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>McPunjabi&#8217;s</em></a></p>
<p>That night Moon took us to the train station where we boarded our overnight train where we had 3 beds out of a 6 berth sleeper carriage with a few regular Indian people in the other beds. For at least the first few hours the food and drink guys were constantly walking up and down the isle saying &#8220;Chai, chai, chai! garam chai!&#8221; (Hot tea) or &#8220;Omlette, Omlette, Omlette&#8221; and made it seem a bit pointless having brought our own snacks.</p>
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<p>The next morning we get up before sunrise and head to the Ganges for a sunrise boat ride. It&#8217;s supposed to be a slow journey where we are taken down the river by the running water, but the light wind over-powers that and we stay pretty much stationary until after about 20 minutes of not moving the boat boys give up and turn on the boat engine and take us up the river past all of the ghats. A ghat is basically a set of stairs leading to water, from with the locals do many things including bathe, do laundry and cremate their dead.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9075992245/" title="Bathing Ghat by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Bathing Ghat" src="/images/cache/5512/9075992245_b617e2e46e_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Bathing Ghat</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9075992245/" title="Bathing Ghat by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Bathing Ghat" src="/images/cache/5512/9075992245_b617e2e46e_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Bathing Ghat</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9075955635/" title="Drying clothes by the Ganges by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Drying clothes by the Ganges" src="/images/cache/7455/9075955635_ab1085277c_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Drying clothes by the Ganges</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9075955635/" title="Drying clothes by the Ganges by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Drying clothes by the Ganges" src="/images/cache/7455/9075955635_ab1085277c_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Drying clothes by the Ganges</em></a></p>
<p>After a quick Chai on the side of the Ganges when we get back, in single use disposable ceramic cups none the less, Nicolle and I decided to head to the monkey temple which as the name implies is home to a lot of monkeys. The temple was&#8230; really just another temple. But the monkeys were cute and awesome. Unfortunately you&#8217;re not allowed to take cameras inside at all, which is a shame since I had zero interest in photographing their holy shrine of flaking paint, but would have loved to get some photos of the baby monkeys and their mothers.</p>
<p>Afterward we went for a wander about the street markets, where I took a photo of a guy charming a snake. I went to walk off and the guy stopped playing his flute, picked up his snake basket and started chasing after me and demanding money. I told him to put down the damn snake before giving him a few rupees.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9075943413/" title="Snake charmer by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Snake charmer" height="800" src="/images/cache/3728/9075943413_849dda0a27_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Snake charmer</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9075943413/" title="Snake charmer by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Snake charmer" height="800" src="/images/cache/3728/9075943413_849dda0a27_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Snake charmer</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9078167438/" title="Chilled out goats by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Chilled out goats" src="/images/cache/5459/9078167438_4d89737c8f_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Chilled out goats</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9078167438/" title="Chilled out goats by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Chilled out goats" src="/images/cache/5459/9078167438_4d89737c8f_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Chilled out goats</em></a></p>
<p>That evening we went on another boat ride where we attempted to float little leaf boats with wish candles in them down the river, but the wind quickly extinguished everyone&#8217;s wishes. India can be a cruel place :P</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9078156802/" title="Offering Boats by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Offering Boats" src="/images/cache/7356/9078156802_f0f9a6078d_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Offering Boats</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9078156802/" title="Offering Boats by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Offering Boats" src="/images/cache/7356/9078156802_f0f9a6078d_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Offering Boats</em></a></p>
<p>We then came back and watched a prayer ceremony on the ghat from the boat</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9075920423/" title="Prayer Ceremony by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Prayer Ceremony" src="/images/cache/3691/9075920423_32f69b8262_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Prayer Ceremony</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9075920423/" title="Prayer Ceremony by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Prayer Ceremony" src="/images/cache/3691/9075920423_32f69b8262_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Prayer Ceremony</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9078141762/" title="Lotsa boats by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Lotsa boats" src="/images/cache/3755/9078141762_156a665470_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Lotsa boats</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9078141762/" title="Lotsa boats by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Lotsa boats" src="/images/cache/3755/9078141762_156a665470_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Lotsa boats</em></a></p>
<p>I ended up deciding I was overdue for a &#8220;weekend&#8221; the next day, and it was a day leading into an overnight train to be followed by the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in Agra, so I chose to sit by the pool (accommodation on this tour was far fancier than I&#8217;m used to) and read for the day to relax and recuperate.</p>
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<p>It was a shocking day in Agra, with dark clouds looming, so it was no surprise at all when it started to piss down with rain soon after we arrived at the Red Fort and not stop while we were there. The fort itself was an amazing building, and even seeing it under such awful conditions everyone still really enjoyed it and I personally found it way more impressive and interesting than the Taj Mahal.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582002724/" title="P1100813 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me at the Red Fort, Agra" src="/images/cache/2805/9582002724_e4e30862b2_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me at the Red Fort, Agra</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582002724/" title="P1100813 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me at the Red Fort, Agra" src="/images/cache/2805/9582002724_e4e30862b2_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me at the Red Fort, Agra</em></a></p>
<p>That night back at the hotel we met the final two additions to our tour group, Brad and Brad from Sydney and Melbourne.</p>
<p>The next day we got up extremely early and headed to the Taj Mahal. We were pretty much the first people there which gave as a great opportunity to get some nice photos without too many people in them. I found the Taj to be pretty impressive from a distance, but it didn&#8217;t really have much more to it after that initial impression. I&#8217;m glad we got delayed the previous day, as I don&#8217;t think my impression of the Taj would be as good as that of the Red Fort if we&#8217;d been to see it in the heavy rain.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582004172/" title="P1100820 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="We felt highly valued at the Taj" src="/images/cache/2815/9582004172_22c49bb8e9_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>We felt highly valued at the Taj</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582004172/" title="P1100820 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="We felt highly valued at the Taj" src="/images/cache/2815/9582004172_22c49bb8e9_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>We felt highly valued at the Taj</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582006666/" title="P1100840 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Token Taj Mahal Photo" src="/images/cache/3830/9582006666_a94c0db749_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Token Taj Mahal Photo</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582006666/" title="P1100840 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Token Taj Mahal Photo" src="/images/cache/3830/9582006666_a94c0db749_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Token Taj Mahal Photo</em></a></p>
<p>Because of the previous days delays we didn&#8217;t get the local bus that was on the schedule and instead got some private cars; definitely a bonus for what turned out to be a 6 hour drive to Tordi Garh, the old Palace in Tordi Village.</p>
<p>We were greeted by the &#8220;royal&#8221; owner (maybe he was a prince or something? King doesn&#8217;t sound familiar) and had a nice buffet dinner and drinks to celebrate Kim&#8217;s birthday. I was sharing a room with one of the Brads, and not long after going to bed he started to lose his balance and get vertigo every time he laid down and started to freak out a bit exaggerating that he probably had a brain clot or something, so he went off to see our tour guide and came back 10 minutes later looking quite paniced, and told me he was being taken into Jaipur hospital. We&#8217;re told he was ok, but he&#8217;d gone back to Delhi to head home so we didn&#8217;t really get to spend much time with him in the tour group.</p>
<p>In the morning I got up early with a small group and we walked up the hill behind the palace to the site of the old fort to have a look, see the view and have some chai and biscuits. It was a surprisingly challenging walk, from the ground it looked like a 10 minute stroll, but it ended up taking an hour, and the humidity was so high that every inch of fabric I was wearing was drenched in sweat by the time I got back down to the palace.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582025236/" title="P1100926 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Chai and biscuits!" height="800" src="/images/cache/5333/9582025236_9b61e89c4d_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Chai and biscuits!</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582025236/" title="P1100926 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Chai and biscuits!" height="800" src="/images/cache/5333/9582025236_9b61e89c4d_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Chai and biscuits!</em></a></p>
<p>After getting back we went for a walk through Tordi village guided by the royal dude. Tordi is a tiny little village a few hours outside of Jaipur; small enough that tourists coming to visit still cause the kids to crowd around excitedly, asking for &#8220;one photo&#8221; with their friends and siblings so that they can shyly look at themselves on the screen afterwards. I think in the whole time we were there I didn&#8217;t get asked to buy anything even once, nor did I see a single piece of touristy crap for sale.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582030464/" title="IMG_0270 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The kids go crazy about having their photo's taken" src="/images/cache/2881/9582030464_f15a660f93_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The kids go crazy about having their photo&#8217;s taken</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582030464/" title="IMG_0270 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The kids go crazy about having their photo's taken" src="/images/cache/2881/9582030464_f15a660f93_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The kids go crazy about having their photo&#8217;s taken</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579244859/" title="IMG_0282 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Some kids from Tordi Village" height="800" src="/images/cache/7307/9579244859_9efd6a9d31_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Some kids from Tordi Village</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579244859/" title="IMG_0282 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Some kids from Tordi Village" height="800" src="/images/cache/7307/9579244859_9efd6a9d31_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Some kids from Tordi Village</em></a></p>
<p>It was explained to us how the money raised by allowing people to stay at the palace and from the meals served there is used to help keep the town going, and how they discouraged giving the children lollies or money so that they don&#8217;t start expecting it, and preserve the awesome vibe the place currently has.</p>
<p>We made the drive back into Jaipur and checked into our hotel which was full of winding corridors and stair cases making it an interesting walk from the front door to the rooms that probably took more than 5 minutes.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582035842/" title="IMG_0312 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Check out the mud-flaps on our Jeeps!" height="800" src="/images/cache/5501/9582035842_d34bf38570_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Check out the mud-flaps on our Jeeps!</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582035842/" title="IMG_0312 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Check out the mud-flaps on our Jeeps!" height="800" src="/images/cache/5501/9582035842_d34bf38570_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Check out the mud-flaps on our Jeeps!</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579251861/" title="IMG_0332 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Colourful stained glass at our hotel in Jaipur" src="/images/cache/3796/9579251861_8601745603_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Colourful stained glass at our hotel in Jaipur</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579251861/" title="IMG_0332 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Colourful stained glass at our hotel in Jaipur" src="/images/cache/3796/9579251861_8601745603_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Colourful stained glass at our hotel in Jaipur</em></a></p>
<p>We went on a quick tour around Jaipur to get our bearings, then headed to the local movie theatre to watch the current big Bollywood hit, &#8220;Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani&#8221;. The theatre itself was a very impressive building, especially on the inside, it felt like a palace. The movie was visually very colourful and entertaining to watch although I was surprised by how few songs there were; it was a 3 hour epic (with intermission) but I think there were only 3 songs in the whole thing. It was a bit tricky to follow what was happening at times since none of it was in English.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579252371/" title="IMG_0335 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The bollywoood cinema" src="/images/cache/5513/9579252371_d630eea434_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The bollywoood cinema</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579252371/" title="IMG_0335 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The bollywoood cinema" src="/images/cache/5513/9579252371_d630eea434_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The bollywoood cinema</em></a></p>
<p>I went to the toilet in the intermission and it was crazy. I think I&#8217;ve been in mosh pits less crowded than that tiny room was.</p>
<p>The next day we headed to the Jaipur palace, home to a king with 100 wives to look after his needs. There was a courtyard where him and his many wives would party, all but his first wife who had to stay in a room separate from the others and could only watch. It seemed like a pretty shitty deal for that first wife.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579254225/" title="P1100939 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The Palace at Jaipur" src="/images/cache/3814/9579254225_9470bfbfa8_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The Palace at Jaipur</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579254225/" title="P1100939 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The Palace at Jaipur" src="/images/cache/3814/9579254225_9470bfbfa8_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The Palace at Jaipur</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579266011/" title="IMG_0343 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="View from the Palace" src="/images/cache/5503/9579266011_8d0ccc0a94_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>View from the Palace</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579266011/" title="IMG_0343 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="View from the Palace" src="/images/cache/5503/9579266011_8d0ccc0a94_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>View from the Palace</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579273613/" title="P1100984 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Getting the local bus back home" src="/images/cache/3808/9579273613_8d9d554c30_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Getting the local bus back home</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579273613/" title="P1100984 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Getting the local bus back home" src="/images/cache/3808/9579273613_8d9d554c30_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Getting the local bus back home</em></a></p>
<p>We had our last dinner with the larger tour group that night at a rooftop restaurant that&#8217;s speciality was meat. I had a plate of various BBQ&#8217;d meats and it was delicious.</p>
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<p>The next morning half the tour group boarded a train heading to Delhi to finish up their tour, but the 4 of us staying on and Moon went and got a local bus heading to a little village called Nimaj Bagh. The place were were staying was an old palace turned into a hotel, with beautifully painted trims on all the doorways, arches and windows. The place also had a pool which we hung out in all afternoon, making the heat a whole lot more bearable.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582067500/" title="IMG_0387 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Our Hotel was beautifully decorated" height="800" src="/images/cache/7291/9582067500_34cc7f0483_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Our Hotel was beautifully decorated</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582067500/" title="IMG_0387 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Our Hotel was beautifully decorated" height="800" src="/images/cache/7291/9582067500_34cc7f0483_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Our Hotel was beautifully decorated</em></a></p>
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-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582068494/" title="IMG_0390 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The Pool" src="/images/cache/5540/9582068494_081e44f6df_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The Pool</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582068494/" title="IMG_0390 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The Pool" src="/images/cache/5540/9582068494_081e44f6df_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The Pool</em></a></p>
<p>We got taken on another village tour, which was quite similar to Tordi Garh, but there was a tiny bit more evidence of western influence and capitalism here, in the form of a few more general store type shops and one place selling tourist trinkets. The kids, however, were just as beautiful and innocent, wanting little more than to see themselves on the screen of our cameras.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579290593/" title="P1110034 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Wise Babbas" src="/images/cache/3810/9579290593_a498afd785_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Wise Babbas</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579290593/" title="P1110034 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Wise Babbas" src="/images/cache/3810/9579290593_a498afd785_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Wise Babbas</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582081184/" title="P1110060 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Kids love seeing themselves on your camera" src="/images/cache/3830/9582081184_0b7b73a018_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Kids love seeing themselves on your camera</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582081184/" title="P1110060 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Kids love seeing themselves on your camera" src="/images/cache/3830/9582081184_0b7b73a018_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Kids love seeing themselves on your camera</em></a></p>
<p>We also visited a temple that was decorated with carvings from before the time when Muslims had stated to influence India, with lots of carved women wearing nothing more than a sarong around their waist. It&#8217;s actually a bit sad to think about the changes in India since that time. People are shocked and offended if a woman wears a singlet exposing their shoulders. The country responsible for the inception of the karma sutra is today inhabited by a generation of men who act like primary school boys, titillated by asking if you&#8217;ve had &#8220;the sex&#8221; with your past girlfriends and wanting to high five you. Quite frankly it&#8217;s depressing to see a country that was once so far ahead of the curve in sexual liberation, today being completely sexually retarded and ridiculously conservative.</p>
<p>That evening we drove out to a hill with a lovely view of the sunset, where we had some chai. After the sun set we briefly went to a nearby lake and watched animals before it started to rain quite heavily and we headed back to our jeep and did the sides up before heading back to the hotel for a good nights sleep.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579289073/" title="P1110022 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Jeep'ing" src="/images/cache/3766/9579289073_f888a13621_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Jeep&#8217;ing</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579289073/" title="P1110022 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Jeep'ing" src="/images/cache/3766/9579289073_f888a13621_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Jeep&#8217;ing</em></a></p>
<p>From Nimaj Barh we headed to Jodpur, India&#8217;s blue city. In the old town buildings are pretty much all painted indigo blue, apparently because it keeps the mosquitoes away. We spent the day exploring the Jodpur fort, which was fort-like, with Jodpur influences. Can you tell that my bullet point notes are lacking detail and my memory is failing?</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582107740/" title="P1110144 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Very pretty room in the Jodpur Fort" src="/images/cache/7294/9582107740_f68e398489_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Very pretty room in the Jodpur Fort</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582107740/" title="P1110144 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Very pretty room in the Jodpur Fort" src="/images/cache/7294/9582107740_f68e398489_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Very pretty room in the Jodpur Fort</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582115536/" title="P1110170 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Jodpur - The Blue City" src="/images/cache/5489/9582115536_86e0c2e373_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Jodpur - The Blue City</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582115536/" title="P1110170 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Jodpur - The Blue City" src="/images/cache/5489/9582115536_86e0c2e373_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Jodpur - The Blue City</em></a></p>
<p>That night we went to a local bar called Rocks bar, where I tried a bunch of local whiskeys, most of which were pretty alright, followed by a bunch of dancing which even in a very drunken state I had a lot of trouble getting into. Oh, and some local guy serving for the navy asked me to go home with him after the music stopped&#8230; just your usual night our in India.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579497335/" title="IMG_0409 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="So many puns" height="800" src="/images/cache/3684/9579497335_52a748e7e4_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>So many puns</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579497335/" title="IMG_0409 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="So many puns" height="800" src="/images/cache/3684/9579497335_52a748e7e4_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>So many puns</em></a></p>
<p>The trip itinerary said the trip to Udaipur was by local bus, but we decided as a group that we&#8217;d done local buses already and would be happy to pay more to be able to make toilet stops wherever we pleased, and save a bunch of time. It also meant we&#8217;d be able to stop at a large Jain temple, the religion that our guide loosely follows. It&#8217;s an interesting religion in that it&#8217;s followers are supposed to shun technology; it&#8217;s monks take it to extremes and only walk to get around, even bikes are apparently to much technology. I&#8217;m told that it means the religion hasn&#8217;t spread very far around the world, simply because it&#8217;s preachers won&#8217;t board planes so can&#8217;t easily spread their beliefs in other countries.</p>
<p>During the drive it was very interesting to see how the landscape changed, starting off extremely dry and desert like, then becoming mountainous and rocky for a while, trailing into lush green rolling hills.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582022180/" title="IMG_0220 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Desert Rajasthan" src="/images/cache/7365/9582022180_b1737d747f_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Desert Rajasthan</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582022180/" title="IMG_0220 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Desert Rajasthan" src="/images/cache/7365/9582022180_b1737d747f_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Desert Rajasthan</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582274586/" title="P1110313 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Greener Rajasthan" src="/images/cache/7331/9582274586_6a4848f8b8_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Greener Rajasthan</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582274586/" title="P1110313 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Greener Rajasthan" src="/images/cache/7331/9582274586_6a4848f8b8_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Greener Rajasthan</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579488707/" title="P1110308 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Traffic" src="/images/cache/2806/9579488707_677411a92a_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Traffic</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579488707/" title="P1110308 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Traffic" src="/images/cache/2806/9579488707_677411a92a_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Traffic</em></a></p>
<p>We finally arrived in Udaipur in the late afternoon and drove around the narrow hilly streets of the old city, where we went up lane way only wide enough for one car. As luck would have it a car was coming the other way and we had to back back down to the T-intersection to let it pass. Helpfully cars coming from the other two directions drove right up to our vehicle, stopped and every starting beeping their horns. Cars and tuk-tuks banked up behind them in both directions while impatient motorcycle rides forced their way through the narrow gaps. There was a lot of shouting, and a silly amount of horn usage as though they believed we were unaware they wanted to get past, and they didn&#8217;t realise that other self-centred idiots had blocked us in from every side so until one of the honking idiots yielded, nobody was going anywhere.</p>
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<p>After checking into our hotel we took a quick walking tour of the surrounding area, and then went on a sunset boat cruise on the lake that took us out past the two &#8220;floating&#8221; hotels that looked very upmarket.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579479133/" title="P1110335 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me in front of one of the floating hotels" src="/images/cache/7448/9579479133_54d293a764_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me in front of one of the floating hotels</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579479133/" title="P1110335 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me in front of one of the floating hotels" src="/images/cache/7448/9579479133_54d293a764_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me in front of one of the floating hotels</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579476777/" title="P1110352 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Some boat. From James bond or something." src="/images/cache/5528/9579476777_100393cff5_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Some boat. From James bond or something.</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579476777/" title="P1110352 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Some boat. From James bond or something." src="/images/cache/5528/9579476777_100393cff5_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Some boat. From James bond or something.</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582269354/" title="P1110324 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Octopussy is showing everywhere, every night. Yet I still haven't seen it." height="800" src="/images/cache/7343/9582269354_9f0a43ef18_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Octopussy is showing everywhere, every night. Yet I still haven&#8217;t seen it.</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582269354/" title="P1110324 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Octopussy is showing everywhere, every night. Yet I still haven't seen it." height="800" src="/images/cache/7343/9582269354_9f0a43ef18_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Octopussy is showing everywhere, every night. Yet I still haven&#8217;t seen it.</em></a></p>
<p>Our guide invited us to come to his home for dinner that evening, where his wife and grandmother had prepared a divine selection of curries. Moon insisted that it was custom for guests to eat before the hosts, so we dug in as they brought the various dishes out, and his little old grandmother who didn&#8217;t speak any English kept sneaking more naan onto our plates. Desert was goolab jamun, delicious doughy balls soaked in rosewater syrup.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582261562/" title="IMG_0433 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Delicious Meal at Moon's (Mayank's) Home" src="/images/cache/2888/9582261562_4f7d9c4414_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Delicious Meal at Moon&#8217;s (Mayank&#8217;s) Home</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582261562/" title="IMG_0433 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Delicious Meal at Moon's (Mayank's) Home" src="/images/cache/2888/9582261562_4f7d9c4414_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Delicious Meal at Moon&#8217;s (Mayank&#8217;s) Home</em></a></p>
<p>While in Udaipur we did a tour of the very beautiful palace, took the cable car up to a lookout where the girls were swarmed by Indians who wanted to take a photo with them (a few even asked me, it was like they&#8217;d never seen white people before), and took in a show of traditional music and dancing one of which involved a woman dancing with an ever growing stack of pots balanced on her head.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579428207/" title="P1110505 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Creepy Indian Paparazzi" src="/images/cache/7351/9579428207_cfabd4edac_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Creepy Indian Paparazzi</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579428207/" title="P1110505 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Creepy Indian Paparazzi" src="/images/cache/7351/9579428207_cfabd4edac_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Creepy Indian Paparazzi</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579402697/" title="P1110683 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Traditional Dancing" height="800" src="/images/cache/2880/9579402697_93db1c92d4_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Traditional Dancing</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579402697/" title="P1110683 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Traditional Dancing" height="800" src="/images/cache/2880/9579402697_93db1c92d4_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Traditional Dancing</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579399107/" title="P1110701 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="So much colour!" src="/images/cache/7344/9579399107_bd9b9872ce_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>So much colour!</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579399107/" title="P1110701 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="So much colour!" src="/images/cache/7344/9579399107_bd9b9872ce_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>So much colour!</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582180710/" title="P1110791 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="This is just silly" height="800" src="/images/cache/5538/9582180710_773b5bb1c8_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>This is just silly</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582180710/" title="P1110791 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="This is just silly" height="800" src="/images/cache/5538/9582180710_773b5bb1c8_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>This is just silly</em></a></p>
<p>There was also some sort of kite flying festival going on while we were in Udaipur, so Moon invited us to his home yet again so would could get up on his roof and try out hand at kite flying, and fighting (trying to cut other people&#8217;s kite string with ours). Quite a fun afternoon!</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582210206/" title="P1110526 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Moon showing us how kite flying is done" src="/images/cache/2843/9582210206_0ce083a03b_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Moon showing us how kite flying is done</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582210206/" title="P1110526 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Moon showing us how kite flying is done" src="/images/cache/2843/9582210206_0ce083a03b_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Moon showing us how kite flying is done</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582207622/" title="P1110537 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me having a turn flying our kite" src="/images/cache/7419/9582207622_62416e35b4_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me having a turn flying our kite</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582207622/" title="P1110537 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me having a turn flying our kite" src="/images/cache/7419/9582207622_62416e35b4_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me having a turn flying our kite</em></a></p>
<p>One morning we were booked in to do a cooking class but I felt extremely nauseated during breakfast and decided food preparation was probably not the best idea. By lunch I was feeling fine again and came to the conclusion that the nausea must have been caused by the doxycycline I&#8217;d taken that morning on an empty stomach, an amateur mistake.</p>
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<p>On my first morning alone in Udaipur I went for a bit of an aimless wander around, and ended up at the zoo, which with my typical travel luck, was closed that day. I had a bit of a walk around the gardens surrounding it which were very nice, and sat in the shade reading a book for a few hours.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582177058/" title="IMG_0440 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Just my luck" src="/images/cache/7290/9582177058_7b1513ea4a_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Just my luck</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582177058/" title="IMG_0440 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Just my luck" src="/images/cache/7290/9582177058_7b1513ea4a_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Just my luck</em></a></p>
<p>I took a very round about walk back into town and stumbled across quite a long street market which was full of colour and activity, so I spent quite a while taking photos.</p>
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-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582154468/" title="P1110838 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Colourful fruits" src="/images/cache/5545/9582154468_c4c9c4c426_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Colourful fruits</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582154468/" title="P1110838 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Colourful fruits" src="/images/cache/5545/9582154468_c4c9c4c426_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Colourful fruits</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582146398/" title="P1110857 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Colourful spices" src="/images/cache/2890/9582146398_62dd15090e_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Colourful spices</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582146398/" title="P1110857 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Colourful spices" src="/images/cache/2890/9582146398_62dd15090e_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Colourful spices</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582166292/" title="P1110825 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="All of the chilli" src="/images/cache/7380/9582166292_7aae1cbfa6_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>All of the chilli</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582166292/" title="P1110825 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="All of the chilli" src="/images/cache/7380/9582166292_7aae1cbfa6_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>All of the chilli</em></a></p>
<p>I organised a taxi up to see the monsoon palace for sunset, right up on top of the hill overlooking Udaipur. The views of the city were fantastic, but the gloomy overcast afternoon made the sunset into a non-event.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579543153/" title="P1110916 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The monsoon palace" src="/images/cache/2867/9579543153_aec2f9b69d_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The monsoon palace</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579543153/" title="P1110916 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="The monsoon palace" src="/images/cache/2867/9579543153_aec2f9b69d_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The monsoon palace</em></a></p>
<p>The next day I went back to see the zoo on a day that it is open, and instantly regretted coming. The few animals they had were in painfully small cages, which wreaked of shit; atrocious conditions that made me feel very sorry for the animals.</p>
<p>That afternoon/evening I got my flight to Mumbai on Air India. I&#8217;ve already ranted about how horribly over-the-top bureaucratic the whole thing was <a href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/post/54015210788/airport-security-in-india">here</a>, but one thing of note that I didn&#8217;t look into until after I landed safety was Air India&#8217;s safety record. I found <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/SectorsAviation/Air-India-is-world-s-third-worst-airline/Article1-999533.aspx">this article</a> claiming they are the 3rd least safe airline in the world, ignoring the ones so unsafe they don&#8217;t count. Who needs bungee jumping when you&#8217;ve got dangerous airlines to travel with.</p>
<p>I got a taxi from the airport to a hotel recommended in the lonely planet (I had nothing planned when my flight took off, so the lonely planet was my only real option), and it was this cute little old school style taxi, just like in old movies, with a bench seat across the front and a roof so low my head nearly touched the roof.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582339682/" title="IMG_0465 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Old Taxis remind me of Leisure Suit Larry" src="/images/cache/7286/9582339682_faa9e00ef7_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Old Taxis remind me of Leisure Suit Larry</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582339682/" title="IMG_0465 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Old Taxis remind me of Leisure Suit Larry" src="/images/cache/7286/9582339682_faa9e00ef7_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Old Taxis remind me of Leisure Suit Larry</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9649731853/" title="Old Taxi's are badass by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Badass!" src="/images/cache/7352/9649731853_4611cd59b1_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Badass!</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9649731853/" title="Old Taxi's are badass by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Badass!" src="/images/cache/7352/9649731853_4611cd59b1_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Badass!</em></a></p>
<p>When I arrived I found out that that hotel was full, but a helpful guy looking for a tip helped me find a place around the corner that was nice and cheap, that was just a floor full of tiny shoebox private rooms, probably 1.5 metres by 2 metres. Good enough lodgings to spend a night, but the bathrooms were so horrible I didn&#8217;t wasn&#8217;t to stay more than the one night.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9579540237/" title="IMG_0479 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="My shoebox. There are many like it but this one is mine. For tonight." height="800" src="/images/cache/2806/9579540237_aae13da984_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>My shoebox. There are many like it but this one is mine. For tonight.</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9579540237/" title="IMG_0479 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="My shoebox. There are many like it but this one is mine. For tonight." height="800" src="/images/cache/2806/9579540237_aae13da984_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>My shoebox. There are many like it but this one is mine. For tonight.</em></a></p>
<p>I was hungry for some dinner so I went for a walk to find that just about everything around seemed to be closed already at 11pm, but after walking past hundreds of shut shops, I found Leopold Cafe; from the book &#8220;Shantaram&#8221;, which saved me from having to stoop to visiting the golden arches I could see in the distance. The place for much larger and far busier than I had imagined it to be, with a whole team of waiters decked out wearing &#8220;Leopold&#8221; uniforms. I had a pretty nice curry there, then headed back to my shoebox to sleep for the evening.</p>
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<p>The steps up to the cave were lined on either side by stalls selling the generic tacky souvenirs available everywhere in India, and roofed with blue tarps that did little more than stop any change of a breeze to ease the humidity. I don&#8217;t know how many people come all the way to Elephanta Island to buy their tacky jewelled elephant, or how they would pick any of those hundred basically identical stalls over another, but the shopkeepers obviously think it&#8217;s worthwhile.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9645833277/" title="Shitty little trinket stalls lined both sides of the several hundred meters of steps up to the elephanta caves by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Shitty little trinket stalls lined both sides of the several hundred meters of steps up to the Elephanta caves" src="/images/cache/3774/9645833277_76978ca763_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Shitty little trinket stalls lined both sides of the several hundred meters of steps up to the Elephanta caves</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9645833277/" title="Shitty little trinket stalls lined both sides of the several hundred meters of steps up to the elephanta caves by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Shitty little trinket stalls lined both sides of the several hundred meters of steps up to the Elephanta caves" src="/images/cache/3774/9645833277_76978ca763_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Shitty little trinket stalls lined both sides of the several hundred meters of steps up to the Elephanta caves</em></a></p>
<p>The first cave was quite impressive, with huge chambers carved from the mountain with lots of statues carved into the walls, but the other unfinished caves were less impressive, and finding a part where the &#8220;stone&#8221; had fallen away to reveal steel concrete reinforcing made me wonder just how authentic the whole place was.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9645953003/" title="Elephanta Caves by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Elephanta Caves" src="/images/cache/3788/9645953003_063ea23e2b_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Elephanta Caves</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9645953003/" title="Elephanta Caves by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Elephanta Caves" src="/images/cache/3788/9645953003_063ea23e2b_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Elephanta Caves</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9645926509/" title="Me at Elephanta Caves by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me at Elephanta Caves" src="/images/cache/7295/9645926509_35bd96d4b2_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me at Elephanta Caves</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9645926509/" title="Me at Elephanta Caves by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me at Elephanta Caves" src="/images/cache/7295/9645926509_35bd96d4b2_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me at Elephanta Caves</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9646140047/" title="More exposed concrete reinforing wtf? by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="More exposed concrete reinforing wtf?" src="/images/cache/7396/9646140047_7b005327ed_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>More exposed concrete reinforing wtf?</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9646140047/" title="More exposed concrete reinforing wtf? by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="More exposed concrete reinforing wtf?" src="/images/cache/7396/9646140047_7b005327ed_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>More exposed concrete reinforing wtf?</em></a></p>
<p>The boat back seemed to take a lot longer than the boat there, with a few burst of monsoon rain, so I didn&#8217;t end up getting back until late in the afternoon and didn&#8217;t do much else that day.</p>
<p>My final day in Mumbai, and in India, was pretty packed full of stuff. I had a look through the museum in the morning before heading out to Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, a huge open air laundry, full of little troughs of water where people bash clothes clean, roofs covered in clothes lines and sheds where they boil water for the washing. It was an interesting place to visit, and explained why hotel laundry in Mumbai needed to be dropped off so early in the day.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9652857004/" title="Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat" src="/images/cache/2882/9652857004_3186a37253_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9652857004/" title="Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat" src="/images/cache/2882/9652857004_3186a37253_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9652919362/" title="Clothes washing by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Clothes washing" src="/images/cache/2845/9652919362_7a17c3e74c_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Clothes washing</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9652919362/" title="Clothes washing by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Clothes washing" src="/images/cache/2845/9652919362_7a17c3e74c_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Clothes washing</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9652895050/" title="Clothes drying by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Clothes drying" src="/images/cache/3710/9652895050_e020c436ba_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Clothes drying</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9652895050/" title="Clothes drying by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Clothes drying" src="/images/cache/3710/9652895050_e020c436ba_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Clothes drying</em></a></p>
<p>After the Laundry, I walked down towards the Haji Ali Mosque, which is out on an island connected to the mainland by a long concrete walkway, with toxic Bombay water full of garbage on either side. I should have turned back when I noticed everyone coming back from the mosque was soaked from head to toe, but instead I took my chances and decided to try and time it right so I could get out to the mosque dry, timing my movement between waves. That was foolish and about half way out I got stuck in a crowd when a large wave hit the concrete wall, splashing up and soaking everything I was wearing with filthy water. It&#8217;s a damn good thing I had my phone and camera in my dry bag at the time!</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9649761121/" title="Haji Ali Mosque by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Haji Ali Mosque" src="/images/cache/7346/9649761121_7c5f634464_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Haji Ali Mosque</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9649761121/" title="Haji Ali Mosque by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Haji Ali Mosque" src="/images/cache/7346/9649761121_7c5f634464_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Haji Ali Mosque</em></a></p>
<p>I turned back without even getting to the mosque, and as I was leaving some heavy rain started to fall. While people ran for cover, I tried to find somewhere completely uncovered and took my hat off to try and get a bit rinsed off by the rain.</p>
<p>Next I headed to the Gandhi museum, which in typical fashion was closed that day for pest spraying, so I headed down to nearby Chowpatty beach instead. There was a roped off area along the shore that I asked a local about, and was told it was there to stop people getting sprayed with the toxic seawater from waves&#8230; So it sounds like the water pollution issue isn&#8217;t over-exaggerated at all.</p>
<p>I saw some kids jumping of a higher bit of sand doing flips and stuff, that I watched for a while before they dragged me over to sit with them and asked me questions and wanted me to take photos of them so they could see themselves.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582321880/" title="IMG_0499 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Kids practising break-dancing" height="800" src="/images/cache/5344/9582321880_d2026006d9_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Kids practising break-dancing</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582321880/" title="IMG_0499 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Kids practising break-dancing" height="800" src="/images/cache/5344/9582321880_d2026006d9_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Kids practising break-dancing</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9582321470/" title="IMG_0501 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Kids doing flips" src="/images/cache/7304/9582321470_2c28ed2407_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Kids doing flips</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9582321470/" title="IMG_0501 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Kids doing flips" src="/images/cache/7304/9582321470_2c28ed2407_c.jpg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Kids doing flips</em></a></p>
<p>On my long walk along the coastline, back to where I was staying, I was hit by some more dark clouds and heavy rain that I welcomed with open arms. It&#8217;s amazing how getting covered in filthy toxic seawater can change you opinion of how annoying monsoon rain is. I just walked along with a grin on my face, watching people run for cover when there was absolutely no cover to run towards.</p>
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<p>I changed my flight to South Africa to be a day sooner in order to get to Johannesburg in time on Monday morning to go on a week long tour up to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and back. Booking in on this tour was a bit of a spur of the moment thing, I&#8217;d only found out about it&#8217;s existence the Wednesday beforehand; I checked if I could change my flights and if there was room on the bus, then got flights moved and got myself booked in.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9661702941/" title="Stunning Sunrise in Botswana by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Stunning Sunrise in Botswana" src="/images/cache/2867/9661702941_1fe06b4986_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Stunning Sunrise in Botswana</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9661702941/" title="Stunning Sunrise in Botswana by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Stunning Sunrise in Botswana" src="/images/cache/2867/9661702941_1fe06b4986_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Stunning Sunrise in Botswana</em></a></p>
<p>I was picked up from the &#8220;hostel&#8221; I was staying in (It was really just a guys house that he let people stay in&#8230; you cant call it a hostel and only have one bathroom &amp; toilet) at 5am. I had been told the day before where the keys were to open the front door, the front verandah cage and the massive padlock on the front gate, topped with an electric fence, and had been told to go out and unlock all the locks, then come inside and wait looking out the window for the bus to show up. At the time I&#8217;d though it must have been a terrible neighbourhood to merit all that security, but having spent more time in South Africa I&#8217;ve found that pretty much everywhere has crazy levels of security like that so I&#8217;m not so sure anymore.</p>
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<p>Thankfully I made it through the 8-9 hours of driving without any accidents with pure good luck, I swallowed a shit load of Imodium but it did nothing to the consistency of the filth spraying out of my behind at each rest stop we stopped at.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9665072956/" title="Heading to Zimbabwe by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Heading to Zimbabwe" src="/images/cache/2816/9665072956_83d0b0461e_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Heading to Zimbabwe</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665072956/" title="Heading to Zimbabwe by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Heading to Zimbabwe" src="/images/cache/2816/9665072956_83d0b0461e_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Heading to Zimbabwe</em></a></p>
<p>We set up our tents in the Victoria Falls Rest Camp and then headed to the actual falls themselves for a self-guided tour. When we arrived there was a stall trying to convince us to rent rain coats but none of us did. The sound of the falls is amazing, hearing tonnes of water per second smashing down onto rocks a hundred metres below makes a thunderous roar like you can only imagine.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9665101018/" title="Victoria Falls by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Victoria Falls" src="/images/cache/2830/9665101018_75be0a5106_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Victoria Falls</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665101018/" title="Victoria Falls by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Victoria Falls" src="/images/cache/2830/9665101018_75be0a5106_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Victoria Falls</em></a></p>
<p>For the most part, we were fairly dry with only a bit of spray from the falls in places, but then towards the far end of the walking path the amount of water in the air shot up dramatically, cutting what we could see to very little and completely soaking us in the process. It&#8217;s a good thing that winter days in zimbabwe are actually pretty warm and pleasant!</p>
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<p>The view of the falls from the air was spectacular. It was incredible to see all the previous sites of the falls, a deep canyon that zig-zagged across the land, all now covered in thick vegetation with the river flowing deep below.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9661888675/" title="Victoria falls from the air by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Victoria falls from the air" src="/images/cache/7334/9661888675_a17fa127a3_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Victoria falls from the air</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9661888675/" title="Victoria falls from the air by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Victoria falls from the air" src="/images/cache/7334/9661888675_a17fa127a3_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Victoria falls from the air</em></a></p>
<p>When we got back I noticed the next helicopter ride, one of the shorter flights, was packed to capacity&#8230; It looked like quite a squeeze with some very large gentlemen climbing on board.</p>
<p>All over Victoria Falls town, there are guys trying to sell you the old Zimbabwe money, a product of the hyper-inflation that led to money that was worth more as kindling than it was as money. I got myself a 50 billion dollar note and was pretty chuffed, until I found that hyper-inflation had gone way past 50 billion and the largest bill was 100 trillion. I did manage to secure myself a 100 trillion dollar bill, and also a 1 dollar bill, both with an issue date only 1 year apart!</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9665189346/" title="One hundred trillion and one dollars by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="One hundred trillion and one dollars" src="/images/cache/7456/9665189346_5122161123_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>One hundred trillion and one dollars</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665189346/" title="One hundred trillion and one dollars by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="One hundred trillion and one dollars" src="/images/cache/7456/9665189346_5122161123_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>One hundred trillion and one dollars</em></a></p>
<p>That afternoon I was booked in to go and ride an elephant, visit rhinos and go on a night game drive followed by a delicious African dinner, with the company of my Australian friends Phoebe and Victoria. On the elephant ride we saw a lot of impalas right at the start, but then disappointingly little aside from birds after that.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9661907751/" title="Riding a hefalump by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Riding a hefalump" src="/images/cache/2806/9661907751_5838413638_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Riding a hefalump</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9661907751/" title="Riding a hefalump by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Riding a hefalump" src="/images/cache/2806/9661907751_5838413638_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Riding a hefalump</em></a></p>
<p>The rhinos were amazing, there would have probably been 10 or so gathered around the food thingy in their sanctuary (they&#8217;re free to roam, but appear to be pretty reliant on the people looking after them and feeding them) and the cutest little baby rhino with them. The funny little squeaky sounds they make are not the sounds you&#8217;d expect from something as large as a rhino, and their little faces really look just like dinosaurs. We got to see a few confrontations between them too when one rhino would try and push its way into the food trough, and they would face each other off and charge towards one another.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9665159964/" title="Daaaaw! Cute baby rhino by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Daaaaw! Cute baby rhino" src="/images/cache/3709/9665159964_0eb50d8965_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Daaaaw! Cute baby rhino</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665159964/" title="Daaaaw! Cute baby rhino by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Daaaaw! Cute baby rhino" src="/images/cache/3709/9665159964_0eb50d8965_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Daaaaw! Cute baby rhino</em></a></p>
<p>The &#8220;night&#8221; game drive was spectacular until the sun went down. We had some spectacular scenes of elephants and giraffes with the African sun setting behind them in the first part of it, but after the sun went down it got cold very quickly, and we found practically no more animals once it was dark, even with the bright red spotlight the driver was scanning around with.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9665184778/" title="Giraffe sunset silhouette by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Giraffe sunset silhouette" src="/images/cache/5481/9665184778_6e5a83dbca_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Giraffe sunset silhouette</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665184778/" title="Giraffe sunset silhouette by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Giraffe sunset silhouette" src="/images/cache/5481/9665184778_6e5a83dbca_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Giraffe sunset silhouette</em></a></p>
<p>Dinner was a buffet with some really night African style curry and vegetables, just the sort of nutrition I was in need of after several days where I could hardly eat. I was really glad that Phoebe and Victoria were there for dinner, or it would be just been me and a family eating together. The drive back from dinner was done in one of the open safari trucks and oh boy was it cold. The cold air blowing against my head felt like it was giving me an ice cream headache.</p>
<p>The next day I crossed over into Zambia with the two English guys from the tour, Bernard and Steven. We walked to the border, and crossed over by foot (sadly no special stamp for walking border crossings), then got a taxi on the other side to Livingstone town, about 10km away. We didn&#8217;t really have much of an idea what we wanted to do in Zambia so we had the taxi driver take us on a bit of a tour around the town, pointing out old buildings, hot night clubs and bustling markets.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9661958099/" title="Barbing centre by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Barbing centre" src="/images/cache/7425/9661958099_34e4503016_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Barbing centre</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9661958099/" title="Barbing centre by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Barbing centre" src="/images/cache/7425/9661958099_34e4503016_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Barbing centre</em></a></p>
<p>He stopped at a strip of tourist markets, where the shopkeep at every store wanted to stop you, shake you hand and say hello, and friendly-force you into there stalls for a look, &#8220;Looking is free!&#8221;. After the 10th time I had had enough and sat down with the old ladies actually crafting things. The whole routine feels hospitable on the surface, but is thickly layered in desperation and annoyance and makes me not want to even look if I&#8217;m forced to look at everything. Even back home I avoid shops, I prefer to buy shit online and not have to deal with clueless sales staff, so being made to look inside a hundred stalls selling the African equivalent of tiny stuffed koalas and kangaroos is pretty much my version of hell.</p>
<p>That said, I did look in one shop that had some very unique paintings and I even bought one. They had cutesy African animals juxtaposed with unlikely tools and equipment. For example two giraffes sharing iPod headphones, a lion doing weights holding a barbell over its head, a parachuting hippopotamus and a leopard being shot out of a cannon; just like you see in the wild. I wish I&#8217;d taken photos, but I&#8217;ve just realised I didn&#8217;t even photograph the one I bought so now I have to hope it makes it home in the post safely.</p>
<p>After a stop in for some lunch we got a taxi back to the border, and Steven and Bernard crossed over as they were going swimming with crocodiles that afternoon. I stayed in Zambia and went to view the falls from that side. The view from Zambia was completely amazeballs. It just seemed like you could see more and get closer, without the mist in the air becoming opaque and blocking the view. Not that there wasn&#8217;t a lot of water in the air, the Zambian side made the other side look positively dry. I started to worry that even with my camera in a white water rafting/diving dry bag it was going to get wet.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9665199670/" title="Me @ Victoria falls from Zambia by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me @ Victoria falls from Zambia" src="/images/cache/5462/9665199670_26b8a642fe_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me @ Victoria falls from Zambia</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665199670/" title="Me @ Victoria falls from Zambia by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Me @ Victoria falls from Zambia" src="/images/cache/5462/9665199670_26b8a642fe_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me @ Victoria falls from Zambia</em></a></p>
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+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665205990/" title="Safety... pffft! by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Safety... pffft!" src="/images/cache/5322/9665205990_7e5d67fb87_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Safety&#8230; pffft!</em></a></p>
<p>After getting thoroughly soaked I went for a walk down a different path in the national park that led to some fantastic views of the viewing bridge in front of the falls, and the boiling pot below where the Zambian white water rafting starts from.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9665212260/" title="Immense power by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Immense power" src="/images/cache/3738/9665212260_73bbcdc7a5_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Immense power</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665212260/" title="Immense power by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Immense power" src="/images/cache/3738/9665212260_73bbcdc7a5_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Immense power</em></a></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9661999129/" title="That bridge is so damn wet, hence the lack of photos from over there by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="That bridge is so damn wet, hence the lack of photos from over there" src="/images/cache/3822/9661999129_eb0ecfe527_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>That bridge is so damn wet, hence the lack of photos from over there</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9661999129/" title="That bridge is so damn wet, hence the lack of photos from over there by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="That bridge is so damn wet, hence the lack of photos from over there" src="/images/cache/3822/9661999129_eb0ecfe527_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>That bridge is so damn wet, hence the lack of photos from over there</em></a></p>
<p>I wish I&#8217;d had more time to take the walk down there to see the rapids up close but I got distracted by a tribe of baboons who came walking past that I followed and took a lot of photos of. At first I was a bit concerned being up so close, but they really didn&#8217;t seem to even notice I was there so I followed them for about an hour taking photos. At one stage I used the flash and them a mother baboon started walking directly towards me and I got worried and walked backwards, but she just kept coming after me and many others following. I think they had coincidentally just decided to move further down the path right after my flash went off because they ended up going around me and continuing on down the path.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9665303404/" title="Baby baboon going for a ride by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Baby baboon going for a ride" src="/images/cache/2806/9665303404_dcd87e560b_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Baby baboon going for a ride</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665303404/" title="Baby baboon going for a ride by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Baby baboon going for a ride" src="/images/cache/2806/9665303404_dcd87e560b_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Baby baboon going for a ride</em></a></p>
<p>I crossed back into Zimbabwe and headed back to camp for a shower, only to find that the water was not running for the 3rd day running. It seems that running water and electricity really are luxuries even in the tourist parts of Zimbabwe.</p>
<p>We went as a group that night for dinner at a place called Mama Africa and I ate a traditional Zimbabwe hot pot that was supposedly spicy beef but I couldn&#8217;t detect even a hint of spice, nor could someone else who ordered it. That&#8217;s not to say it was bad, but it definitely wasn&#8217;t the spicy meal the menu described it as.</p>
<p>The next morning we set off back to just across the Botswanan border to Chobe, a nice short drive compared to some of the previous ones. There we went on a game drive around the Chobe game lodge, a huge wildlife park teaming with wildlife. We drove along the river and saw loads of elephants and hippos heading to and from the water for a drink, and even a crocodile or two sunning themselves on the bank. Impalas frolicked, dashing about at a frantic pace leaping over ditches. Sadly the time of day meant we were driving towards the sun for almost the entire drive, and then away from a beautiful sunset; and also that all the cats were off sleeping, but it was still a great display of wildlife.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9665353292/" title="Elephants and hippos drinking by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Elephants and hippos drinking" src="/images/cache/7301/9665353292_3547c96012_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Elephants and hippos drinking</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9665353292/" title="Elephants and hippos drinking by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Elephants and hippos drinking" src="/images/cache/7301/9665353292_3547c96012_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Elephants and hippos drinking</em></a></p>
<p>Botswana had running water and taking a shower after so many days was life changing.</p>
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<p>We had a nice breakfast at a town in South Africa before doing a group photo and saying out goodbyes, after which the two buses went different routes and the larger group was split. Another few hours of driving and we were back in Johannesburg and dropped off at the various hostels.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9669468951/" title="Our tour group by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Our tour group" height="450" src="/images/cache/7342/9669468951_7eb90b09ce_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Our tour group</em></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9669468951/" title="Our tour group by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img alt="Our tour group" height="450" src="/images/cache/7342/9669468951_7eb90b09ce_c.jpg" width="800" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Our tour group</em></a></p>
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<p>I asked quite a few locals about safety in Johannesburg and if the whole danger thing was as big of an issue as people make out and was told I&#8217;d be fine as long as I stuck to safe areas. So none of the aimless exploring that makes travelling fun; just stick to the touristy spots and you&#8217;ll be fine&#8230; and feel like a tourist.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760054951/" title="Who the fuck attacks a blind busker? This city is nuts by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/2890/9760054951_8cd9c15f6d_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Totes safe" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Totes safe</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760054951/" title="Who the fuck attacks a blind busker? This city is nuts by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/2890/9760054951_8cd9c15f6d_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Totes safe" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Totes safe</em></a>
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<p>I decided the most cost effective way to get to the Apartheid Museum was to get on the city site-seeing bus which stopped there, and would also let me see a few other sites. The tour gave some interesting trivia, but felt like they were really stretching for content in a lot of places where they&#8217;d point out pretty but unimportant building X, and boarded up building Y.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760170266/" title="Derelict building in Johannesburg by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7307/9760170266_f676b216a9_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="There were derelict buildings like this all over Johannesburg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>There were derelict buildings like this all over Johannesburg</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760170266/" title="Derelict building in Johannesburg by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7307/9760170266_f676b216a9_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="There were derelict buildings like this all over Johannesburg" class="img-responsive"><br><em>There were derelict buildings like this all over Johannesburg</em></a>
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<p>The Apartheid Museum was great, and I got very lucky with my timing as they had a special exhibit about Nelson Mandela on too. For those as ignorant as I was, the South African Apartheid was a system of segregation enforced by the government, dividing up the whites, the blacks and the coloured people, not allowing the groups to mix or mingle and giving a load of preferential treatment to the whites while treating the black people like shit. Oh, and this was happening right up into the early 90s; It&#8217;s shocking to think that if I&#8217;d been born a South African I actually would have lived 1/3rd of my life under such a system. It made me wonder a lot about the white South Africans I was coming into contact with and wondering how they&#8217;d felt about the whole thing while it was privileging them. And about the black South Africans I met, and how I couldn&#8217;t fault them for being extremely bitter about the whole thing, still so fresh but being told to get over it.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760255074/" title="Johannesburg. It's not exactly pretty by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7458/9760255074_ddbe74e1fa_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Johannesburg. It's not exactly pretty" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Johannesburg. It&#8217;s not exactly pretty</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760255074/" title="Johannesburg. It's not exactly pretty by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7458/9760255074_ddbe74e1fa_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Johannesburg. It's not exactly pretty" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Johannesburg. It&#8217;s not exactly pretty</em></a>
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<p>On my other day in Joburg I undertook the cultural experience of catching one of the local minibus&#8217; to East Gate shops in search of needed camp gear for my upcoming overland tour.</p>
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<p>When I arrived at my Cape Town hostel and walked in the door, I was nearly right away greeted by Phoebe and Victoria from my previous tour up to Victoria Falls. What a lovely coincidence!</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760628495/" title="Table Mountain by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/3739/9760628495_7ab23d32be_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Table Mountain, not the day we climbed it though. I stupidly forgot to get that photo so here's a cloudy one" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Table Mountain, not the day we climbed it though. I stupidly forgot to get that photo so here&#8217;s a cloudy one</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760628495/" title="Table Mountain by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/3739/9760628495_7ab23d32be_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Table Mountain, not the day we climbed it though. I stupidly forgot to get that photo so here's a cloudy one" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Table Mountain, not the day we climbed it though. I stupidly forgot to get that photo so here&#8217;s a cloudy one</em></a>
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<p>They were just about to head up Table Mountain, so I quickly chucked my stuff in a locker and joined them to share the taxi. It was an absolutely perfect day for it, clear skys and sunny; pretty much still air. The wind up there often gets in excess of 100 Km/h and they close it down, so to have such a nice still day in the middle of winter was fantastic. The terrain was visually very interesting, and we saw some strange little animals called a rock hyrax, a strange and unexpected relative to elephants.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760597393/" title="Phoebe and Victoria heading up the steep track by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/5473/9760597393_d17236735d_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Phoebe and Victoria heading up the steep track" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Phoebe and Victoria heading up the steep track</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760597393/" title="Phoebe and Victoria heading up the steep track by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/5473/9760597393_d17236735d_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Phoebe and Victoria heading up the steep track" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Phoebe and Victoria heading up the steep track</em></a>
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-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760113741/" title="Rock hyrax contemplating ending it all by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/2813/9760113741_55c923aaa6_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Rock Hyrax are cute little guys" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Rock Hyrax are cute little guys</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760113741/" title="Rock hyrax contemplating ending it all by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/2813/9760113741_55c923aaa6_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Rock Hyrax are cute little guys" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Rock Hyrax are cute little guys</em></a>
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<p>That evening they had a braai at the hostel, the South African take on BBQs, which was crazy delicious. I dunno what they do to their potatos but they&#8217;re addictive, and those long boerewors sausages are great. Erin dropped around from her hostel around the corner and we hung out drinking beers for a while before I had to retire reasonably early for my shark cage diving the next morning.</p>
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<p>That evening I met up with Erin again for gelati, an odd choice for the middle of winter but it was her last night in Cape Town and it was a delicious choice.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9761158144/" title="Me and Erin having Gelati by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7335/9761158144_f5e9d6ddb0_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Me and Erin having Gelati" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me and Erin having Gelati</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9761158144/" title="Me and Erin having Gelati by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7335/9761158144_f5e9d6ddb0_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Me and Erin having Gelati" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me and Erin having Gelati</em></a>
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<p>The next day I looked at a map and decided to walk to a strip of beach I heard was nice called Camps Bay. I walked for what must have been 2-3 hours along the coast line, and while it was a nice walk I was getting tired so I gave in and got a minibus for what turned out to be the second, much hillier half of the walk. Sort of wish I&#8217;d just gotten the minibus the whole way, but it really did look like a short walk on the map. When I got there I practiced juggling and poi in the shade for a while, and then headed back by minibus to Cape Town.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760648433/" title="Camp's Bay by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7318/9760648433_90dcd0c086_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Camp's Bay" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Camp&#8217;s Bay</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760648433/" title="Camp's Bay by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7318/9760648433_90dcd0c086_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Camp's Bay" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Camp&#8217;s Bay</em></a>
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<p>I also went on a tour of Langa township, one of the townships that they forced the non-whites to live in during the apartheid years. To be honest I didn&#8217;t really feel comfortable there; the whole thing was a bit voyeuristic and I really didn&#8217;t feel comfortable going into peoples homes to have a look, even when they insisted. It just felt completely different to the villages we visited in India, or even the slums; I just got the feeling that if I was one of these people I wouldn&#8217;t want people coming to look at how shitty my living circumstances were. It was pretty heart breaking to see the poverty that these people are still living in; we saw one room of a &#8220;hostel&#8221; that was probably 3M x 3M, that was the home of three separate families.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760585025/" title="Why cry? by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/2866/9760585025_69f6431d19_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Nearly the only photo I felt happy to take in the township" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Nearly the only photo I felt happy to take in the township</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760585025/" title="Why cry? by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/2866/9760585025_69f6431d19_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Nearly the only photo I felt happy to take in the township" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Nearly the only photo I felt happy to take in the township</em></a>
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<p>That afternoon I made it out to Robben island, where they kept Nelson Mandela and a lot of other political prisoners. The most interesting part out there was a talk given to us by an actual political prisoner. It was interesting to hear that amongst the prisoners they referred to the prison as &#8220;the university&#8221;, since it was full of all the people the government didn&#8217;t really want talking to one another, but the prisoners had sneaky ways of doing so anyway.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760688123/" title="Robben Island Prisoner telling us about how it was by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7452/9760688123_8b04b0015c_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Robben Island Prisoner telling us about how it was" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Robben Island Prisoner telling us about how it was</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760688123/" title="Robben Island Prisoner telling us about how it was by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7452/9760688123_8b04b0015c_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Robben Island Prisoner telling us about how it was" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Robben Island Prisoner telling us about how it was</em></a>
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<p>I met a pleasant Italian lady named Paola who was also travelling alone, and we decided to get the City Site-Seeing bus together to see some of the more distance sites of cape town. We made stops in at the botanical gardens for a walk about, at a winery for a tour and tasting, and at a bay called Houts bay, a surreal bay that feels like there&#8217;s mountains surrounding you on all sides where we saw some seals frolicking in shallow water.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760886255/" title="Bird of paradise in the botanical gardens by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/3679/9760886255_e89d197678_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Bird of paradise in the botanical gardens" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Bird of paradise in the botanical gardens</em><br></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760886255/" title="Bird of paradise in the botanical gardens by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/3679/9760886255_e89d197678_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Bird of paradise in the botanical gardens" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Bird of paradise in the botanical gardens</em><br></a></p>
<em>Bird of paradise in the botanical gardens</em></p></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760903495/" title="Wine tasting at Groot Constantia winery by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7451/9760903495_82b10ca109_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Wine tasting at Groot Constantia winery" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Wine tasting at Groot Constantia winery</em><br></a></p>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760903495/" title="Wine tasting at Groot Constantia winery by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7451/9760903495_82b10ca109_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Wine tasting at Groot Constantia winery" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Wine tasting at Groot Constantia winery</em><br></a></p>
<em>Wine tasting at Groot Constantia winery</em></p></p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760987393/" title="Hout's Bay by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/5461/9760987393_1eb09f1220_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Hout's Bay" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Hout&#8217;s Bay</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760987393/" title="Hout's Bay by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/5461/9760987393_1eb09f1220_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Hout's Bay" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Hout&#8217;s Bay</em></a>
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-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760927205/" title="Seal's splashing around by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/3817/9760927205_35f2f1cacd_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Seal's splashing around" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Seal&#8217;s splashing around</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760927205/" title="Seal's splashing around by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/3817/9760927205_35f2f1cacd_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Seal's splashing around" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Seal&#8217;s splashing around</em></a>
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-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760724182/" title="Paola and me on the site-seeing bus by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7395/9760724182_9af9f7bccd_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Paola and me on the siteseeing bus" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Paola and me on the siteseeing bus</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760724182/" title="Paola and me on the site-seeing bus by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7395/9760724182_9af9f7bccd_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Paola and me on the siteseeing bus" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Paola and me on the siteseeing bus</em></a>
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<p>That evening we meet some friendly Germans who&#8217;d just arrived at our hostel, Anne and Sophie, who we have a few drinks at the hotel bar and convince to come on the other line of the site-seeing bus with us the next day.</p>
<p>We stopped off for a bit of a walk through the CBD and were a bit surprised by just how quite it was, hopped back on and drove through District 6 (The mixed-race surburb that was completely demolished, but then never rebuilt because of the backlash from the international community), then stopped at table mountain which was this time sadly blanketed in clouds. Sophie and Anne were keen to go up and hope for the best, Paola wasn&#8217;t so keen, and I&#8217;d already been up, so Paola and I continued on around the loop, which turned out didn&#8217;t actually have many more noteworthy stops before getting back to the waterfront considering the distance it covered.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9761016813/" title="Me, Anne, Sophie and Paola in front of Lion's Head by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/5325/9761016813_eb3c892884_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Me, Anne, Sophie and Paola in front of Lion's Head" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me, Anne, Sophie and Paola in front of Lion&#8217;s Head</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9761016813/" title="Me, Anne, Sophie and Paola in front of Lion's Head by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/5325/9761016813_eb3c892884_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Me, Anne, Sophie and Paola in front of Lion's Head" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me, Anne, Sophie and Paola in front of Lion&#8217;s Head</em></a>
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<p>We had lunch at a nice brewery pub called Mitchell&#8217;s Brewery, with a great range of their own beers. I got a sampler &#8220;paddle&#8221; of there beers and they had a few really great ones; I wish I&#8217;d found the place sooner, instead of on my last day there.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760745581/" title="TASTE ALL THE BEERS! by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/3751/9760745581_0c2fccb092_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Tasting beers at Mitchell's Brewery" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Tasting beers at Mitchell&#8217;s Brewery</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760745581/" title="TASTE ALL THE BEERS! by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/3751/9760745581_0c2fccb092_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Tasting beers at Mitchell's Brewery" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Tasting beers at Mitchell&#8217;s Brewery</em></a>
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<p>After lunch I sorted my bags into a flight ready state and headed to the airport to fly to Johannesburg Airport, where I spent the night which saved me a little money and meant I didn&#8217;t need to stress about getting there crazy early in the morning for my international flight to Dar Es Salaam the next morning. I set up camp near a group of English backpackers (safety in numbers ;)); I blew up my air mattress and rolled out my sleeping bag and tried to sleep, but being an airport meant incredibly bright lighting all night (which eye-shades dealt with fine) and loud music and regular &#8220;don&#8217;t leave you bag unattended announcements&#8221; (which ear plugs failed to help much with) so I didn&#8217;t actually sleep all that much.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9760751232/" title="Sleeping in Airports sucks nearly as much as sleeping on buses by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7351/9760751232_ca139b57ef_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Sleeping in Airports sucks nearly as much as sleeping on buses" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Sleeping in Airports sucks nearly as much as sleeping on buses</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9760751232/" title="Sleeping in Airports sucks nearly as much as sleeping on buses by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/7351/9760751232_ca139b57ef_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Sleeping in Airports sucks nearly as much as sleeping on buses" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Sleeping in Airports sucks nearly as much as sleeping on buses</em></a>
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<p>I noticed that one of the other English backpackers just plain refused to even try to sleep, and spent pretty much the whole night on his feet, drinking beers (that he couldn&#8217;t take through cause of liquid restrictions) and quietly reading a book. What a lout! :P</p>
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<p>I went to queue up in the immigration line, proud to show off my fancy new visa sticker, but a guy came up and told me to just walk on through. So I walked straight past the desk where they check your passport without showing them anything, and nobody batted an eyelid. It really feels like you could get into the country without a visa very easily if you just walked on through with a bit of confidence, although I&#8217;m sure you&#8217;d have trouble leaving.</p>
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+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9852999483/" title="Dar Es Salaam Sunset by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/2838/9852999483_bd51867ef4_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Dar Es Salaam Sunset" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Dar Es Salaam Sunset</em></a>
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<p>I waited for a few hours for Kat&#8217;s flight to arrive, after which we shared a taxi through some incredibly gridlocked traffic to the Hotel where Amanda, Luke, Leigh and Nicci were already checked in an waiting for us. I&#8217;d actually already had some advanced warning about the hotel&#8217;s &#8220;No Alcohol&#8221; policy, but didn&#8217;t remember to warn Kat to hide her duty-free booze until we arrived there, so she had to try and hide it behind a backpack as we went past the very prominent sign in the lobby. We managed to sneak in both our bottles of spirits without a hitch, and disrespectfully drank some of that booze in the hotel that night, the heathens we are.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9853002513/" title="Alcohol Strictly Prohibited in our hotel by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/5340/9853002513_47760b0ac4_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Alcohol Strictly Prohibited in our hotel" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Alcohol Strictly Prohibited in our hotel</em></a>
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/9853002513/" title="Alcohol Strictly Prohibited in our hotel by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/5340/9853002513_47760b0ac4_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Alcohol Strictly Prohibited in our hotel" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Alcohol Strictly Prohibited in our hotel</em></a>
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<p>Having been travelling solo for a few months by this point, it was really good to be among friends again although I have to admit that it took a few days before I really felt &#8220;right at home&#8221; again. I couldn&#8217;t really put a finger on exactly why that was; it was almost like reverse culture shock, except still submerged in yet another strange culture but with familiar friends.</p>
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<p>We arrived at our hotel in Paje by taxi, about an hour from Stone Town, where the ferries arrive. Some guys were very quick to come over and welcome us, but then at the same time they appeared to not really be aware we were coming, even though Kat had been communicating with them right up to our arrival (They were supposed to do a transfer from the ferry terminal for us, but there was no-one there when we arrived and they stopped responding to message until we were already in a taxi). We needed to wait for an extra room to be made up because there weren&#8217;t enough rooms ready.</p>
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<p>We ordered some dinner that night, and it took hours to be prepared. I&#8217;ll give them credit that it was probably the best meal they served us during out stay there, but the timeliness, or lack of it, was a sign of the week ahead of us.</p>
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<p>Amanda, Luke, Kat and I spent the day wandering up the beach and stopped in at one of the local bars &#8220;Teddy&#8217;s&#8221; for a quick bite to eat. We noticed they had cheap long island ice tea&#8217;s and ended up staying for quite a few of them.</p>
-<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83213379@N00/9853176176/" title="Teddy's Place! by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="/images/cache/5468/9853176176_daf246a07c_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Teddy's Place!" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Teddy&#8217;s Place!</em></a>
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<p>Eventually we headed back to see what Leigh and Nicci were up to and decided to head down the beach the other direction and have a late lunch at the restaurant at the end of the long pier, attached to one of the fancier hotels in the area. The food came out quickly and was by all accounts delicious! This hotel ended up becoming our go-to place for food when were were hungry; i