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Traffic in India

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Originally posted: 2006-06-18 13:24:40

Here’s a little video of a traffic spot in India; tame by what we saw, but over the top by US standards!

Nepal!

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Originally posted: 2006-02-22 09:53:43

Here we are in Nepal – in Kathmandu, or Kantipur (Beautiful City) as it is traditionally known.

We spent today travelling around the capital city and its nearby environs, visiting two Stupas (the Monkey Stupa and the largest stupa in the world), the crematorium, and the palace square. Tomorrow morning we board a 7am flight for – hold your collective breaths – a chartered flight around Everest that will bring us to within 4,000 feet of the peak! We will also visit two of the three traditional capitals of Nepal, trek through the valley along one of the ridges, visit a local Newari village, and generally continue the week of a lifetime.

There really is too much to tell at this late hour and with this exhausted but exuberant spirit. There will be many times later to share our brief viewing of the Living Goddess, locked in her “castle” until she attains puberty; the many myths/histories of how Hinduism and Buddhism intertwine in this self-named “melting pot” at the roof of the world, and of heavenly dishes prepared for us in the “Typical Nepali Kitchen.” And don’t even get me started on being approached on the street by a band of Israelis who were looking for the Chabad House!

We love you all and send you wishes for great love and peace from this amazing world. A world I am convinced I will visit again – and again…

We’re in India!

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Originally posted: 2006-02-19 10:31:54

Greetings to everyone from Udaipur, Rajasthan, India!

We arrived in New Delhi late Saturday night, spent a few hours in an airport hotel, and then (by the skin of our teeth) flew into Udaipur with our dear friends Donna and Phil early Sunday morning to reunite with Rachel!

Our exit from Syracuse – via rented van to Newark – was a presage of things to come: we endured power outages and 70 mph winds to battle our way down to New Joisey, arriving within a comfortable window to make our flight to New Delhi. After fourteen hours (with no stops!) we arrived, tired but excited, in India, where we were whisked from the international airport to the domestic airport in a heavily-guarded bus (complete with ouzi-equipped military personnel) that would have done Humphrey Bogart proud.

The next morning (beginning at 4am) we encountered a dozen new ethnicities in the domestic airport, along with the Indian flavor of bureaucracy. Fortunately, we managed our way through it just in time to be the last ones on the flight to Udaipur – they had to hold the flight for us! But a scant two hours later we were debarking into the pleasant warmth of “India’s most romantic city” and the arms of our long-lost daughter.

Today was too full to recount now, some 12 hours later, as sleep knocks insistently at the door. Suffice it to say that we have experienced sights, sounds and smells entirely new to us, and that there will be many stories for many years to come out of this brief eternity of a half day.

Tomorrow we go out “into the field” to see where Rachel’s efforts are set to practice, and then the next day we depart for Nepal and, yes Virginia, Kathmandu.

A travelogue will follow, I promise. Illustrated with plentiful pictures and videos. But first, there must be sleep.

Look back soon for more updates.