11 May 2014
Today was day 2 in Jaipur and it was just as fun as the first. We spent the morning at Amber fort, one of the grandest forts I have ever seen. It is a beautiful piece of architecture that supposedly is one of the most famous sights in India. Everyone in Jaipur kept telling us that until we saw the Amber Fort, we hadn’t seen India. The Fort took most of the day to explore because it is just so big. By the time we were done, the majority of the morning had passed by, and it was already afternoon and time for a good meal. Our autorickshaw driver once again took us to a great place to eat. I ordered some vegetable raita and chapatis, a favorite of Northern Indians.
After the Amber Fort we headed out to explore the pink city and return to the jewelry store where we each bought a little souvenir from our trip to India. Rachel and Holly bought Imitation green emerald rings, and I picked up a pair of pearl earrings, with pearls found off the coast of Kerala (a city we will soon be visiting). A girl can never have too many pearls, right? My entire life I have been a pearl girl. I have never been attracted much to the shiny diamonds and stones that tend to make other girls swoon, and controversies over the conditions of the workers and children who mine for the stones has pushed me even further away from every wanting one. There is something about pearls that just captures my heart. First off, I love the ocean. The ocean is a place where exploration, adventure, and romance all come together. I have always had a love for the deep blue seas, boats, reefs, the sun, and of course the history of navigators. Portugal intensified the love that I have for the water and taught me so much about it’s importance in allowing people to travel all across the world. One grain of sand, battered by the ocean, engulfed by one of it’s small creatures, and given time to rest and change, eventually turns into a beautiful pearl. The process to me is miraculous, and one that is full of mystery and adventure. Can you imagine being the oyster that shapes a single grain of sand into such a beautiful pearl? Even better, can you imagine being the diver that discovers that oyster and the pearl inside? The process is miraculous and one that takes talent and patience by both the oyster and the diver.
It is not only for the reason that I outlined above that I love pearls. I love them simply because they are beautiful. They don’t scream diva or glamour girl but instead add just a touch of classy and poise to the woman who is so fortunate to wear them. They are beautiful, and since I was little and for forever, I will treasure them and collect them as my own personal collection of mysteries, adventures, and romances from around the world.
We got back very early to the hotel today and were able to spend the evening planning for our next destination-Varanasi. Unfortunately we also discovered that we would not be getting our tickets to Varanasi until the 13th, which means we have all day tomorrow to explore Jaipur more. Since we have already explored the city in and out, I will have to be creative as to what to do with our extra day…. I don’t think it will be hard, as I already have plenty of Ideas.