Christmas in the desert
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This was our first ever Christmas away from home, and away from our families, so we didn't know how it would feel.
We got the bus from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer a few days before Christmas. On the bus next to us were a Belgian couple, Anja and Sven, to whom we talked for a good part of the journey, and with whom we spent a lot of our time in Jaisalmer. They nearly got left behind at a stop on the journey when they headed to the toilet on what they thought was going to be more than a one-minute stop. We managed to get the driver to wait for them.
I felt much easier arriving in a town with four of us rather than two: the hassle we got at the bus station was much easier to cope with.
Jaisalmer is unique in that the fort it not just a palace and a museum as in the other cities in Rajasthan. In Jaisalmer the fort is very much part of the town, and contains guesthouses, restaurants and shops. It's described in the guidebooks as the only living fort in the world. This, coupled with the fantastic desert location, makes Jaisalmer a truly enchanting place.
We found a cheap guesthouse inside the fort.
We had a couple of relaxing days in the run up to Christmas. We'd bought each other a couple of Christmas presents, which we opened on Christmas day, and we dug out the couple of Christmas songs which we had on our iPods, and played them over breakfast. We'd booked to go to one of the expensive hotels on the outskirts of town in the evening. They were putting on an evening of music with a buffet. They had a small artificial tree with some fake snow on it in the lobby, which looked strange in the middle of the desert in India. The buffet was Indian food, but good quality. The music was local "gypsy" music, and was accompanied by dancing which included women balancing large stacks of cooking jars on their heads, and standing on nails and broken glass. We sat around little bonfires burning in big metal drums to keep warm and watched the show. It was a most entertaining evening.