Jaisalmer Travel Blog› entry 62 of 88 › view all entries
We spent the day walking to the Fort in Jaisalmer. It is a very neat and ancient fort that people still live and work in. There is some controversy over it though as people believe that noone should be living there so that it can be preserved (lonely planet is one group that belives this and they have signs protesting them inside the fort).
We saw another Jaisalmer temple and went shopping for a bit. We also saw the local lake which, although probably very beautiful in the past (and still quite nice) is incredibly polluted and green. It is just filled with giant, ugly looking catfish that the people feed alot. People once drank their water from this lake but definately not anymore.
It was incredibly hot today. I think I got a bit of heatstroke....hello rehydration salts (thanks mom!). Plus, I have a bit of delhi belly...not fun (and the reason why this is gonna be short!). There are just animals everywhere here...dogs, pigs, boars, cows, cats....we have seen so many dead dogs and cats too....the locals seem to believe that the dogs were politicians in the last life.
At the place where we went for lunch today, we met a really nice Indian man who was talking about how horrible it is to live in a caste system (although it supposedly isn't anymore). He had recently came back from Australia (where he lived for the last 21 years) to take care of his aging parents (as there is no system in place here to help his parents otherwise).
The kids that we meet are so cute. They always yell out "hello" and sometimes follow after us down the road for a bit. It is certainly a different way of life. Poverty is just everywhere. Definately makes me appreciate what I have in Canada.