Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Bodhgaya, a small town and a boat load of temples! A bunch of countries each built a temple representing their homeland's architectural style. They are beautiful and really interesting to compare to one another. The Bohdi tree where Buddha sat and meditated is surrounded by a temple and, now, a bunch of monks and others praying. There are a bunch of Westerners there as well. For some reason white people doing Buddhist rituals just strikes me as weird and they look silly. I find the whole high holy locale mixed with the poverty and homeless people and children highly hypocritical of the religion seeing as this is it's birthplace and am disillusioned. I just want to get out of here and that makes me sad!! I coordinate getting to Calcutta as quickly as I can. I get back to the town with the train station excessively early, like 8 hours early, but I thought I could spend some time online...not! No internet anywhere. So I sit...and wait and wait and wait. I spend some time talking with a guy from England and we get some dinner together. We go back to find out his train is delayed by 1/2 hour, mine by four hours!! Oy. So now instead of 10pm, it will be 2 am. I am getting used to this though and actually take it pretty well. Pop my headphones in and chill. I go down to the booth around 1:15 and am told the train will be getting in at 4am. Yeah, right. So now I've been at the station for 12 hours. I finally get on the train at 4:30. I gt some rest finally and the train gets into Calcutta at 2pm. I am all tired and not looking forward to it really cause a couple people told me that it is dirtier than Delhi and Delhi was filthy!! My eyes burn a bit as I cab it through to the tourist hotel area and get my room, but this city isn't nearly as bad as Delhi!! Yeah! I may actually like being in a megacity! There are 13 million people here. Well I will save the Calcutta entry for after I've left here! I bumped up my flight back to Bangkok three weeks, but I am seeing if I want to go to Europe early. I think I may have had enough of Asia. We shall see. Take care! Remember to go through prior entries to check out all the photos I am uploading right now!! E-
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