India

Winter, 2018

Jaipur

Jaipur was a city that I've visited previusly, but only truly got to undrestand during this trip, One of the first places that I went to was an astronomy park called Jantar Mantar. Its an observatory with older and more traditional instruments to tell zodiac signs and time, and it was truly amazing to explore the latest innovations of the time and the creative ways that peope were able to tell different parts of the time. One of the most impressive things to me as the giant sundial, which was able to tell the accuracy of the time to seconds. I was standing by it trying to watch the shadow of the sun move along the indicators. Turns out that when I squinted really hard, I could see the shadow actually moving along the stone, which indirectly meant that I could see how slowly the sun was moving.


The next place that we visited was City Palace, which was in the middle of the city. Despite it being really closeby, it took almost an hour to get there - the traffic was insane. Its crazy to see how big the palace was, and how unique the cultures and traditions are.


As if the City Palace wasn't enough, we also visited Amber Fortress, which was another massive palace far away. It was weird to think about how it must have been when it was actually in use for the royal family, and not just for tourism. To imagine myself in that setting made me extremely sad to know that I'll never be able to truly understand what it was like.


That afternoon we went to Elephant Joy, where we were able to ride elephants around the field, and then paint and wash them. It was amazing for me to see how majestic and calm they all were. Riding them was even more fun, as it was just in cirlces, but the elephant seemed to be loving it and enjoying it. Barely any communication was needed. I loved feeding them bananans - at first it was really scary, but in the end i enjoyed it. they have really soft and wet tongues, and are super excited to eat them.