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Fire-Flowers

Fire-Flowers

And only to the heart that knows of grief,
Of desolating fire, of human pain,
There comes some purifying sweet belief,
Some fellow-feeling beautiful, if brief.
And life revives, and blossoms once again.

Deceived by Fraud, Insulted by Fiction

".... if the eyes of the spectators have sometimes been deceived by fraud, the understanding of the readers has much more frequently been insulted by fiction. Every event, or appearance, or accident, which seems to deviate from the ordinary course of nature, has been...

A day at Glenburn

Yesterday we climbed down then up, today it was up then down. If you get high enough you can see for miles and miles, no wait a minute that’s Canada, this is India. Let’s go for feet and feet Part way down we took a break. How about this for a wedding anniversary...

We upset the tea wagon

Yesterday afternoon it took just over two hours to get to the Glenburn tea estate. Our planned excursion for today was to be a 45 minute ride on the toy train from a station at one end of Darjeeling to the other then lunch at the Mayfair Darjeeling. Here is a picture...

Gangfok it took a long time to get here

The alarm goes off at 04:45, our bags are packed, we’re ready to go. A short boat ride back to the mainland then to the Udaipur airport to catch our flight to Delhi where we don’t buy enough wine then we catch a flight to Bagdogra. We get out of the airport, climb in...

Udaipur “The Venice of the East”

When you take a look back at your 270 year old hotel in the middle of a man made lake from the 500 year palace you are touring and both are owned by the same guy you give your head a shake. More head shaking as we toured the current Maharana’s (read rich by being...

Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga

We get in the car at 04:45 to drive to Tiger Hill to watch other people watch the sunrise while we stand on the other side and wait for Kanchenchunga to be reavealed in all it’s third highest mountain in the world glory. the top of Tiger Hill at 5:30 in the morning...

Ew! Diaper

Ew! Diaper

We get up in the morning and have the best home made jam in at least three continents. We say good bye to the royal Mr. Wilt Chamberlain of India (he was very tall and I don’t remember his name) and head down the highway to Udaipur. On the way we stopped at a roadside...

A day in Gangtok

What to do today? I know, let’s drive through another traffic jam to go see a monastery. This one was only 24 km away. We had to pack a lunch (just kidding although we did have some snacks in the car). There were guards with rifles at this one.  Two different sects of...

Missed the Movie

Missed the Movie

We park in old Jaipur and walk around for a bit of early morning shopping. Nancy interacts with a shop keeper for a beach cover up shirt thing. He opens with 4600 rupees (about $90). Negotiations immediately end and we walk away with me yelling back “no way” and the...

A Why Point

A Why Point

As in in why are we stopping here and not going straight to Udaipur? I take a pill and say OK, enjoy what the day brings. Some trucks loaded with hay     A view of some man made lakes from a 15th century fort owned by the family at the place we...