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Aug 3, 2009 - Mcleodganj to New Delhi

he Volvo bus to Delhi is like a National Express coach, with huge immovable windows, large comfy seats, even a uniform for the driver, and it leaves spot on time. Stopping for food after about two hours of descent through the hills, I leave the air con of the bus and hit the warm air of the plains for the first time since Jammu back in the first half of May, the only breeze coming from the buses and trucks tearing through the town. We enter Delhi, shadowing a large canal for much of it, past school kids in crisp white shirts standing at...

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Travels of a Kinnie

May 30, 2009 - Delhi

I made it to Delhi!!!! And I have absolutely no concept of time anymore. In fact, the past 2 days just feel like one giant continual one. All I really want to do right now is just brush my teeth. On another note, my flights were good. LONG but good. In the future I will seriously reconsider traveling for 16 hours straight, I've come to realize that the down time in the middle in necessary. I didn't get much sleeping done though on the way to Amsterdam. Of Course there would be a small child sitting next to me preventing me from sleeping. I...

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May 24, 2009 - Where is everyone?

So, we leave back home for the states today, actually tonight around 10:30. Our host at our hotel is letting us check out late so we don't have to spend all day at the airport. Nice guy. We kind of took it easy this morning, the diet has affected more of us now, its like the silent killer. I'm starting to spend more time in the bathroom too. Oh man, is it rough!! We went out today to a few markets, looks like the country of over a billion people sure knows how to make everyone disappear, almost like David Copperfield was in town pulling...

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May 23, 2009 - Finishing up in Delhi

Today, we woke and had breakfast. Bridget was still sick. We still had a few things to see today, and Bridget being the trooper she was, went along. It was hot. not Jaipur hot, but hot probably around 109 degrees. We decided to take two Tuk Tuks as it was more comfortable. Our first destination, Gandhi Simitri (the place where Gandhi was assassinated). Our driver got us there just fine, but we waited and waited for Nathan and Erin and they never showed. We went ahead through the museum area, it was very moving. All dedicated to the Life of...

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May 22, 2009 - Oh Nice, more cows and naked people.

Let me catch up on what we did the last couple of days, this will be the least interesting of my entries... The day before yesterday we made the unusually long drive from Jaipur back to Delhi. I would describe to you the scenery but you have heard it all before. Its the same view for as far and long as you can see: Poverty. Fires. Cows. Ruins. A guy pooping on the side of the road. We made it to Delhi in under 6 hours, which was good cause we drove through a sand storm, a wind storm, a monsoon, and almost wrecked like 12 times. It started...

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May 16, 2009 - How Many People Live in this Country!

About 1.2 Billion, and India is one seventh the size the the US (which we have a mere 300 million) You do the math. We woke up early this morning in our air conditioned room (I cant describe to you the wonders of air conditioning and will never take it for granted ever again, I think it should be one of the Hindi gods... if it isn't already.) It was a cool morning, probably 85 degrees. We met for breakfast with our wonderful hosts and outlined our day. The breakfast was amazing, a variety of Homemade Indian dishes. Just mouth watering (and...

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May 15, 2009 - Diving in Head First!

Here, we are... already completed day one and two, haven't gotten around to write so I will be doing a little "Catching up..." Today, the 15th, we got to the airport (MCI) an hour or so early, good thing too, cause it was delayed two hours. Oh well, we boarded the tiny express jet that took us into Newark and No offense Mom or Dad, but Continental serves better snacks. Peanuts and Pretzels...please, we got BEEF JERKY! At that point I knew it was going to be a good day. Got into Newark at about three or so and I met up with a childhood...

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Apr 21, 2009 - Delhi - checking out the neighbourhood.

After a morning reading and planning my travels, it was time to head out into the surrounding area for a "recce". I headed first for the shopping area close by which was billed as having a proper supermarket with AC. Once I got there however, it was rather on the small side as was the rest of the shopping area. I had imagined some amazing shopping mall being one of the most affluent parts of Delhi but rather I was met with a miniature version of a supermarket (Le Marche) surrounded by all sorts of local stores and "McDonalds"! Yes, for...

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Apr 20, 2009 - The eagle has landed:)

Had a smooth journey to Delhi after my 4 am rise. My time at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, was made much more pleasant than normal as I had the company of Mila, Manageress of "Porta Nova":) Russians don't drink coffee it seems but beer, even at 0830! When in Rome...I followed her example, I am on holiday of after all:) Had plenty of space on the flight to Delhi which always makes it a better experience. Turns out that it is only 3 1/2 hours difference in time now with Europe following the clocks "Spring forward" so the flight was longer...

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Sep 23, 2008 - Arrival in New Delhi

The trip to New Delhi went very smoothly: Burlington, VT to New York (7 hours to read and email at JFK), JFK to Paris, Paris to New Delhi arriving at 10:30 India time - 27.5 hours on the ground/air. Francis, Robin and Don’s driver, was at the airport to greet me holding a multicolored sign with my name and photo. This was great because I could spot him in the sea of other drivers waving signs and I avoided the crush of taxi drivers for hire outside of the airport. Francis was able to hoist my two huge and overweight suitcases into the...

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Aug 30, 2008 - June 10, 1974 (Late night, still at the Rajdoot Hotel)

Well, today was one of those days that will stand out in my life forever. We met with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President M.V. Giri. Over the last several days since we arrived, Rajgopal and Abraham (our group coordinators) have been actively working to get us an audience with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Giri. This has been interesting because one of her father’s closest friends and a longtime friend of the family, G. Ramachandran (former director of India’s Cottage Industries program), has been “running interference”...

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Aug 27, 2008 - New Delhi - June 9, 1974, 6:30 AM)

It’s not very often, you know, that I get up at 5:00 or 6:00 AM. Yesterday I was up at five and today at six. My body is still not accustomed to the time change. It is very interesting however to get up early and watch the people waking up from the streets and from the cots alongside the city streets and the alleys outside (for many, their home). Yesterday I walked several blocks to some ancient Moghal ruins and stayed for awhile watching people go through the park and going through their morning exercise routines. This was between 6:00 and...

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