“You could fry an egg on Phil’s head!” it’s day two of vegas2jaipur, and after reaching 40 degrees earlier, we’re starting to fry.
We set off from Delhi at 8.30am and arrived in Jaipur (The Pink city) at about 2pm. It is a stunning place, lots more colour than Delhi but still as crazily busy. On the way we passed camels pulling carts, families pushing elephants and monkeys chillin on the roadside.
As we came into Jaipur we first stopped at the Amer Fort which looks friggin ace! Hopefully go visit it next week, apparently they do elephant riding for 1,000 rupees (Still got no idea how much that is in sterling).
Oh bought a hat as well on the way to Jaipur. Griff says it I look like a s**t tourist, I was thinking more Indiana Jones, but to be fair it is pretty shocking. Still, who’ll be laughing when they get sunburn…yeah probably Griff…I burn under a table lamp.
The hotel is amazing, kindly sponsored by the Royal Heritage Haveli, who’ve been awesome looking after us since we arrived. We ordered ham and cheese sandwiches with fries for lunch, always good to try to local cuisine.
Afterwards we went to visit the kids for the first time. Incredible!! One of the best experiences of our lives. The children are so friendly and happy. Smriti, the founder of the care home, is so welcoming and we felt at home immediately. We arrived during prayer time which sounded great and shortly after, whilst signing the guest book, we looked up to find 40 smiling faces saying hello.
The kids are aged 3 to 15 and each one came up to us to introduce themselves and find out our names. Griff mentioned cricket and before we knew it a game was in full flow on the road outside. He discovered he was out of his depth after the first ball as it flew back over his head for 6, he says “there are some right little Tendulkar’s in there!”
I sat on the side showing a group of youngsters my eyebrow raising skills, I mean literally raising my eyebrows Cadbury style.
After the match, I think Griff’s team won, we were invited to join everyone for a tasty dinner. Haven’t sat cross-legged like that in a while, looked up at the boys to see one of us had moved to the steps, another had pins and needles, and the third trying hard not to dribble sauce down his shorts. The kids were laughing, so at least we kept them entertained.
After dinner we headed briefly into the play room before our taxi had arrived.
An incredible experience for us all and we can’t wait to do our best for this brilliant bunch of kids!!
To view today’s pictures check out our Facebook album – vegas2jaipur Day Two.