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Travel Blogs from Manali
The quiet cabin is behind me but the mountain quiet is not. For a few days I am planting myself at a small guest house with relatives of Sangat Ram hosting. This is time to get caught up with the ‘real’ world.
Significantly lower than my retreat cabin, yet over one thousand feet above the thrashing river at the base of this huge valley, this village of 25 houses or so is tranquil and peaceful. When a bus ...
... are wiping down floors and tables. They never are idle. We wondered if they get paid well and one of the serial visitors, who is now leading a tour group, told us 'probably not’. Bihar is such a poor state the guys would feel very fortunate to have a job, a place to stay and meals that the Green Hotel provide. They also worked each of the 16 days we were there but said they do get time off to return to visit family in Bihar.
... Delhi during rush hour he would have added a tenth.
After a while we lost the driver but I thought I knew the way. Initially wrong, I soon recognised a restaurant where we’d eaten a couple of times. Down the street and turn right, jog left down the alley and ‘Voila’, we were back at BulletWallas. The rickshaw driver was already there, waiting to be paid.
It was after 4 pm. We had been lost or stuck in barely moving ...
... realizing that the joke had worn thin, it grudgingly conceded, coughed to life and ran flawlessly.
Clinging grimly to the sloping mountainside, a small town came into view. It was barely noon, but just 2.5 hours after breakfast we had already reached Keylong; by far our shortest ride and earliest arrival so far. The circumstance raised a question: Should we continue on to Rohtang? On the one hand it would be really nice to shake that ...
... I'm wondering about some farm volunteering. I might brave the rain and just get stuck in!
Let's see how it goes.
On the phone to Nick last night.... Three things I've learned in India to try and take home he asked... I said..
Hopefully this is something I can remember in time to come...
See you soon