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I KNEW YOU WERE AMERICAN BECAUSE YOU’RE SO PARTICULAR…

about the spicy food, about the toilets, about the dirty streets, about the crowded buses, about the late trains, about the coffee, about the bad roads, about the crazy drivers, about, about, about.…This was said to me by the owner … Continue reading

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HOLD THAT TIGER, AND DON’T FORGET HER CUBS!

I am now convinced that the most beautiful wild animal in the world is the tiger. It has a mammoth head that is at once majestic and scary, and when it yawns those teeth fill me with terror. A pussy … Continue reading

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THE ULTIMATE CAVES…AND HOW WE GOT THERE

One thing for sure about my travels in India: I’ve seen the countryside down and dirty and up close. You worry about the danger to pedestrians and passengers as you’re skimming along over narrow, bumpy roads in an auto rickshaw … Continue reading

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SO YOU WANT TO GO ONE HUNDRED KILOMETERS IN A TUK TUK? BE MY GUEST!

India is a little like the picturesque New England town once visited by a fancy city slicker, who stopped to ask directions of a salty old character, who was sitting on a stone wall chewing tobacco. After many questions the old guy finally … Continue reading

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IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SLEEP, TRY A SLEEPER BUS!

In the Meg Peterson tradition of traveling uncomfortably, the sleeper bus is right up there with the open-air local buses, third class trains, and small “taxis” the size of pick up trucks, who start only when packed with twenty-four people, six of whom are … Continue reading

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NO URGENT SERVICE PLEASE…

is a sign on the wall of our favorite restaurant here in Gokarna, but really is the mantra of every restaurant I’ve been in for the last three months…that is, except for a few tourist-oriented cafes in McLeod Ganj. Last … Continue reading

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FASCINATING GOKARNA

Gokarna  is a village in the Uttara Kannada district of the Karnataka state, India. It’s an old established Hindu pilgrimage destination–a temple town that is referred to in a number of Hindu historical literature pieces–with an unmistakably traditional feel. Here … Continue reading

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TSO PEMA, THE GOLDEN STATUE, AND THE HOLY CAVES….

(Continuing my trip with Cary through parts of northern India) After four days in Suja and Bir, Cary and I headed for Rewalsar, or Tso Pema, a holy pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs. Good friends loaned us … Continue reading

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IT’S OFF TO DHARAMSALA!

I trust that you all will continue to indulge me in my attempts to fill the spaces in my journey. Internet cafes are few and far between, and they are not working terribly well. Not to be cynical…just realistic. It … Continue reading

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THE CHARM OF DARJEELING IS MORE THAN THE TEA….

…even ‘though it’s mind-boggling to choose among the dozens of varieties grown on the hills outside town. It reminds me of the vast tea plantations I visited in the Cameron Highlands in Indonesia in 1996. Rows and rows of beautifully … Continue reading

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