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February 22, 2012 - Jaipur, India

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There were so many gunny sacks of block print to transport from Delhi to Jaipur that the most cost-effective way to move them (and me) was to hire a car and driver, not a budget breaking endeavor if in India.  The distance is only a little over 100 miles, but even with a good car and a skillful driver, the trip still takes just under five hours.  In parts the road is very good, the problem is the variety of vehicles - big slow trucks, little slow tuk-tuks, farm tractors, they all share the same stretch of cement.I'm at the Arya Niwas now, Barbara told me about this place last year. I love it, my room is decorated like a fusty grandma's place, spotlessly clean, and it smells good. Their vegetarian restaurant has what I was dreaming of while in Delhi - fresh fruit salads, fresh garden salads, boiled veggies, fruit lassi.  Today was my catch-up day on the lap top, and I spent a pointless hour or two trying to get a SIM card for my phone.  Five hours after installing the SIM card I found out that my application was denied - I turned in a photo copy of my passport, a copy of my Indian business visa, and a signed photo, but I was still rejected for some reason.  At least they aren't doing racial profiling, it isn't just young Pakistani or Syrian males who get turned down for security reasons.