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Part of the reason I came to Dharamshala when I did was to try to go to the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebrations, which started Sunday! Not really having any idea what we were getting ourselves into, five of us met up at 5am to walk down to the Dalai Lama's temple in McLeod to try to beat the crowds--but I think we weren't the only ones with that idea. By the time we got there at 5:45, the temple center was already full of monks, ...
... however today changed our minds. It is extremely extreme! We seemed to be climbing up a flat rock face, with the tiniest foot and handholds available to you. I fell a couple of times on one particularly tricky route, and the gut retching feeling of this alone is enough to scare anyone. Em also ended up with a few scrapes, don't worry I had my handy first aid kit with me to patch her up! We also came to the conclusion that we have nowhere near enough upper body strength to be ...
... mayhem in the streets. Stores and street vendors line the road which is about the size of a one way street in Australia. Despite its size, it is shared by intermittent two-way traffic of taxis, trucks, motorbikes, tuk-tuks, people (including many orange/red-robed Tibetan monks), dogs, cows and bulls. The flow works pretty well, although the cows and bulls can sometimes cause mayhem as they dig through the rubbish in the street. The sacred animals are allowed to wander ...
... view down into the valley except that it was very hazy and later the mist rose up from the valley. One thing that has surprised us has been the absence of beggars where we have been so far. However here there have been a number, including some quite deformed, whether by birth or by mutilation. Sad. I watched a guy doing some work on a power pole with live lines on it. He climbed up an adjacent fence, then shinned up the pole with his hands and bare feet, right to the top where he ...
... the smells of India. And I'm not referring to spices and food.
I boarded the minivan in Leh in the middle of the night, and for the first time in India we actually left on time! The first leg of the ride goes from 11500 ft (3500 m) to a pass over 17,400 ft (5400 m) in less than 2 hours. So, my normal method of staying slightly dehydrated was counter productive this time. As we passed 15,000 ft I started getting a little light headed and needed to start chugging ...