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Trip Start Nov 19, 2008
12Trip End Dec 12, 2008
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My window overlooks a small green pasture with 4 egrets and a white cow. 20 yards away is a house made of bamboo and the family that lives there. Grandpa, Mom, Dad, and 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. Pam is off having a massage and I shoould be resting or taking a shower, but I am enjoying the sunlit solitude instead. This is the kind of hotel I thought we'd be staying in the whole trip, now I'm referring to it as a luxury spot. The man across the way is chopping wood. It's 4:00 pm and the sun is beginning to set. The electricity seems to be off-this is why this area cannot be a big tourist destination, most of the world, or at least the part that can afford to travel depend on electricity, and many also depend on having a good internet connection - let us not forget a western toilet! 4 more egrets and a young man just paraded by my window. Today we were stopped and held in line because of a strike. We only were delayed an hour, but by then we had to pee and it was a dangerous area to stop, so we sped through to a safe place past the jungle area. The situation reminded me of the scene in Good Morning Vietnam when Robin Williams was blown off the road in VC Territory . I am so looking forward to Kazaranga and all we will be doing there.
I got very little sleep last night. There was so much noise and it was cold and the bed seemed harder than any other night. Around 3:30 there was a dog fight outside our door and I thought for sure when we woke up there would be a dead dog at the doorstep. Pam even woke up out her sleeping pill induced slumber. She was braver then I and ventured into the hall. The dogs had gone up a flight, but left a little poopy present on the stairs. She said there were 3 dogs: 1 black, 1 white and a small brown one that seemed to be confused and was barking and running around in circles. Apparently the black and white ones were having sex- it didn't sound like sex when I heard them earlier, but then again I don't think I've ever watched dogs procreating. Breakfast was late this am and the ride was pretty quick down the mountain. It was a beautiful drive that took us through the mountains and open fields, rice paddies and tea plantations. I'm so happy we split off from the other gals.
Wow...wow...wow... I could go on. There was no sign at the dirt road where we turned in, and I thought, oh no- after many turns the car stopped, oh no, this is beautiful. This resort is actually a resort, the water is out of the pool, but the grounds are beautiful, the dining room is wonderful and our cottage is fantastic! Soft beds, reading chair and couch, artwork on the walls, a bureau, nightstand, flush toilet, a shower with a shower curtain, even a bath mat! There are 2 other white people (German or Dutch?), the rest of the guests are snooty Indian families. We were able to take our jeep safari today. We saw white rhinos, deer, wild boar, elephants, monkeys, birds and heard bengal tigers. Tomorrow, early 6am we are taking an elephant safari where we go into the brush right next to the rhinos. Very exciting. The food here and yasterday has been more than plentiful, and more than delicious - it's like gourmet Indian fare, even the mutten (goat) was yummy.
Last night when we filled out our breakfast slip, I wrote next to "boil egg", 2 fried eggs, thank you - we got 2 fried eggs, 2 fried hard boiled eggs! The couple who own the other spa hotel were lovely, except that the woman sat and watched us eat and as soon as we finished something on our plate she was up giving us seconds. Too much food. This morning before we left the gentleman gave me a tour of his orchid house, only 3 were flowering, but it was beautiful. He grows many of them tied onto a tree trunk or branch, even a coconut! They did this at the festival as well, I think I may try it when I return home. Speaking of which, I'm getting close. I can't wait.