Goodbye to Leh

We’ve often said on these trips abroad that we would like to stay in one place for a while and get a feel for the place and the people. To give the locals a chance to get a good look at us, how we interact with them, how comfortable we feel with their circumstances.


We’ve done it a couple of times: Melbourne and Cairns, Australia, Istanbul, Turkey and Bangkok, Thailand (twice). All but Melbourne were at the end of a trip, and all but Cairns big cities. With well over three months for India, and no great epic mileages planned, we hoped for such a stay on this India trip. What we had in mind was another end of trip stay, probably in or near a city.

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A Post on the Post


We thought that sending a package from Almaty, Kazakhstan was pretty entertaining back in 2005. We’d heard it was relatively inexpensive to send from India, so yesterday we gave it a try.

We waited patiently in line as people crowded the window. That is to say, Indians crowded the window and the Western tourists just didn’t know any better, so we hung back with some mental tracking of whose turn it was next.

I knew the clerk expected to look through the contents of what I wanted to send and I wasn’t sure if they had mailing supplies there, so I put my small pile of clothes on the counter and said I wanted to mail them. I gathered more from other tourists than from the clerk, that I needed to go find some fabric, take it to a tailor to have it sewn into a bag, and come back.

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