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Oct 16, 2014 - Return to Delhi

Today we left Shimla to travel on The 'Himalayan Queen' or 'Toy Train' narrow gauge railway to Solan. The line runs 97 Km from Kalka to Shimla (completed in 1903. There are 107 tunnels covering 8Km and 969 bridges over 3Km! British engineering!!! At the station we did the local thing and walked on the tracks to see the original steam engine. The railway is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There was much mayhem sorting out baggage and seating, but our moon-faced, blue-turbaned Sikh ticket inspector was extremely helpful to all. The Chai Wallah...

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Oct 12, 2014 - Arrive Delhi

Mad crossing the road here in Old Delhi! saw a camel and an elephant at the traffic lights on a trunk road! lots of people on the streets. The population is expected to exceed 21 million by 2021!!! Just got to get our heads around the tipping protocol now - help!!! Rest day, well afternoon, and free time in Delhi! India's capital since 1911. The British architect Edward Lutyen was brought in to design the city. Don't think it has stopped ! Short walk near our very nice hotel before Happy Hour - starting as we mean to go on! We were offered...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Delhi 4

September 25, 2014 I missed my fucking flight to Tbilisi. Somehow I knew I was going. It just wasn’t meant to be. I woke up late and the traffic was hell. I should have known the traffic thing. My flight was for 9:30 AM. I arrived at the airport at 8:30 AM. Fuck fuck fuck. There goes a cool thousand. I am going to try to get a refund for the place in Tbilisi. Or at least a partial one. Once again I had to show my passport and flight itinerary just to get into the airport. Departures. I also had to produce them to get out of the airport too....

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Sep 13, 2014 - Delhi 3

September 14, 2014 This is the earliest I have ever started my morning walks. 5:30 AM. Tomorrow I am going to the doctor to get a check up on my knee. The air is thick this morning. It’s cool. I’d imagine 25. It’s is now cool enough in the day time whereas the AC in my room can keep up without putting on the fan. I just got off the phone with Annie. It was good to hear her voice. We spoke for nine minutes. It cost 170 Rs. [USD$2.80]. To Panama. The light is coming. It looks like clouds. The dogs are starting to wake. I don’t have to carry...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Delhi 2

September 5, 2014 I have made the decision to go to Tbilisi for a couple of weeks. I left my fucking Georgia guild book at home. Stupid idiot. I was going to bring it too. I’ll just get a new one. After all, I got the last one here. I have about seven unused guild books at home. A couple I bought at flea markets because of their age. I have an old Lonely Planet ‘India’. I think it’s a third edition. It’s thin. All my guild books are Lonely Planet except one, a Let’s Go Europe for ’94. The rains have left the streets are a real mess. Tbilisi...

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Sep 2, 2014 - Home again - at last!

August 21, 2014 It’s supposed to be 40 degrees today in Delhi. So fucking hot. I can’t remember the last time I felt this heat. It does gets to 27 at night thought. I seem to be the only one who sweats. I don’t miss Canada one bit. I am sitting on a bit of curb under a tree writing this. Having a chai. It’s not that good. But it gives me a bit of rest. I borrowed the pen from the chai guy. I am in an area that probably has seen very very few tourists. It feels good again, I am somebody. I just had some aloo puri. It was good. 10 Rs....

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Mar 30, 2014 - DELHI

March 24-26, 2014 We drove from Samode to Delhi on Monday, which took the better part of the day. We arrived in Gurgaon, New Delhi around 4 PM. Gurgaon is like a suburb of Delhi and is where Mok and Renu have a condo. We stayed with them in their condo, and their daughter, Simran was visiting as well– she was doing ‘emergency room medicine’ teaching in Delhi as part of her residency program in Washington DC. Being the consummate hosts that Mok and Renu are, they had also arranged accommodations for their other friends from Istanbul. Hulya...

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Mar 13, 2014 - day 7 - Humayun's tomb

Humayun’s Tomb, where I am now, has great cultural significance. This is the first garden-tomb made on the Indian subcontinent. This simple, though astounding tomb, has been attributed to being the main inspiration for the Taj Mahal. this is a great specimen of the double-domed elevation with kiosks on a grand scale. This building style culminated a century later in the construction of the Taj Mahal. Humayun's Tomb is an architectural achievement of the highest order and by no means is this something to ignore.

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Mar 12, 2014 - Day 5 - Red Fort Complex

Well enough being lazy. Today I went off to the Red Fort Complex, built as a palace fort of Shahjahanabad, which got its name from the massive walls around it all being made with red sandstone. Inside the complex is a river channel called Nahr-i-Behisht, or Stream of Paradise, gives you an idea as to what those who made it thought of the complex. It’s as beautiful as important and the sight is truly something that stuck me silent with awe.

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Mar 9, 2014 - Day 2-my arrival

After my relaxing flight on American Airlines to Delhi I checked in with Hotel Tara Palace where I’ll be staying. My room has one queen size bed but you can get others with different beds, such as to full beds. Tomorrow I’m off to my first site, today I’m just going to get sorted out and enjoy the great view I get from my window.

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Feb 23, 2014 - Delhi [6]

February 20, 2014 I spoke with Jeff for a half hour today. The cost on my cell was 264 rupees. The exchange is currently 56 rupees to the Canadian dollar. Pretty cheap mobile call. I don’t see any more STD-ISD-PCO phone shops any more. As late as 2004 there were still quite a few. I still see evidence that they did exist. Old signs. Everyone now has a mobile. I am not sure the date today. I think it’s the 20th. It must be later than this. I have to move to another chai shop. There is too much traffic here. I like this area of Chandi Chowk....

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Feb 9, 2014 - Delhi [5]

February 3, 2014 I am in Munich airport waiting for my flight. I have two hours. I hate airports. Waiting. On a plane. Waiting. I just paid USD$10.00 for a cappuccino and an espresso. Uggh. I hate airports. I did take a plate of fries from a table where the people had already left. Their cold. There is nowhere in this fucking airport to plug in my laptop. I have half a battery. There is one place but it’s down a hall and I’d have to lay out on the floor to guard it. Someone would call the bomb squad for sure. I am in terminal 1, gate B....

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