Twenty rupees

It's hot and especially humid. Bea and I wonder around Jodhpur's Clock Tower Road, stop at a street food stall, and buy a one-litre bottle of cold mineral water for twenty Indian rupees, the equivalent to twenty five cents. That's the standard price for bottled water here in Rajasthan, the Northern region of India in which the cities of Udaipur, Jaipur, or Pushkar are located.

We've been warned not to drink tap water or eat street food. Unlike locals, we could get sick because of bacteria our body has never been exposed to or due to the inability to digest spicy food.

An interesting practice we've had to follow for the past week is brushing our teeth with bottled water. Every hotel provided us with water bottles and we knew we shouldn't use the tap. Yet the habit of brushing our teeth with water from the tap is extremely engrained on us, which led me to use water from the tap by mistake a few times.

Having drinkable water from the tap is one of the many things we give for granted, and it's crazy we use drinkable water for showering and flushing the toilet.

August 30, 2022
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