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The long, and windey, and painful road

By on September 11, 2013 in India with No Comments

Our days have been longggg. We leave 6amish and usually drive until 5, stopping once or twice for tea breaks.  It’s back-breakingly exhausting. Three of my vertebrae have fused together and two have shattered entirely. The traffic is usually so intense that our conversations mostly consist of mono-syllable words and one sentence sound bites. For […]

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The Bandits of Bihar

By on September 11, 2013 in India with No Comments

Purnia to Patna We’d been warned that Bihar was renown for bandits so we wanted to make quick time across the state.  However, it wouldn’t be a good trip if we didn’t get ripped off at least once a day, so not to disappoint, we chanced across a few of our own.  While not waving […]

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Ode to our animal friends

By on September 10, 2013 in India with No Comments

There are many types of cows here. They are light brown  but there is considerable variation in the attitude and intelligence of each. Let me start with Sensible Cow. Sensible Cow wanders to the grassy divider strip (when one exists) and settles down for a good old bunch of grass- a-la-dust. Then there are the […]

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Do we really need a clutch?

By on September 10, 2013 in India with No Comments

Siliguri to Purnia We’re off, we’re off! Oh, no. What was that? Oh rats, the leaking petrol. I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that we break down every two hours. Fortunately we had picked a good night to stay in a nice hotel.  The staff at The Cinderella Hotel couldn’t […]

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Spot of tea anyone?

By on September 9, 2013 in India with No Comments

Goalpara to Siliguri Today started well enough. The rickshaw decided to run after about ten minutes cranking in front of the hotel staff who kindly helped us push it out of their parking lot.  We reassembled the flag, not so high this time, and set off at about 6:30am – determined to make Siliguri by nightfall.  Twenty […]

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I dream of … cows

By on September 9, 2013 in India with No Comments

I’ve started taking malaria tablets, as one does when going to far-off lands. The doctor informed me these could cause wild dreams.  He said they could be very scary or very romantic. I said, what’s the difference?  Anyway, here’s a sample of my wild nightlife: 9/6 I left the hose on while power washing the […]

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More terrifying than the Blair Witch Project

By on September 8, 2013 in India with No Comments

Shillong to Goalpara To the amusement of about fifty thousand Indians we were off like a rocket at about noon on Sunday. Well, a North Korean rocket. We wound our way through the streets of Shillong, school children in hysterics, adults saying “WTF…?” and taking photos of us all.  Finally the free road – escape! . […]

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Get me away from these people!

By on September 8, 2013 in India with No Comments

Can you say: obnoxious? No, I don’t mean anyone Indian of course. I mean the who-can-piss-the-furthest-and-make-the-most-noise other people doing the run. Soooo ready to be out of here (Shillong) and get started. We are being escorted out in convoy by police today and after that we all go our separate ways – thank the lord. I’m […]

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Rickshaw alive and well

By on September 6, 2013 in India with No Comments

Well, our rickshaw is alive and well! Managing blog posts and photos at the same time appears to be outside of my technical expertise, so imagine a little black rickshaw covered in the number pi. They did an excellent job, even using Times New Roman font like we requested. To Rick’s greatest chagrin, out of […]

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Guwahati to Shillong

By on September 5, 2013 in India with No Comments

Yay! Finally found a wifi cafe.  Unfortunately there’s no wifi, so typing this offline. My wish for drama was quickly fulfilled getting off the plane at Guahati.  First, let me describe where the heck we are.  We are now in Shillong, which is to the very, very east of India, surrounded by Bangledesh, Buthan, and […]

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