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March 9, 2008 - Udaipur, India

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If we define ourselves by our possessions, then I am definitely getting a make-over. I'm going to be on my 4th pair of sunglasses so far this trip. Two pair broke (I don't understand, one pair was even Prada, albeit the $5 Pradas) and I've lost the latest pair. I might squint it out until I get to Istanbul Duty Free and spring for something that actually screens out UV and doesn't distort everything.

I'm also on my 3rd umbrella. The first one was left behind somewhere, second one broke, and the third is logo'd with Manchester United. Glasgow hooligans will no doubt beat me up over it. My one nice T-sirt has been left behind in Bali, it mysteriously got a 6' spot on the front that didn't wash out. Whatever make-up I had has been left here and there, I'm down to Chapstick and mascara. Original tooth brush was jettisoned, I mistakenly put Indian anti- mosquito cream on it. Shampoo, toothpaste, soap from home, all used up and replaced with local brands. My luggage lock also mysteriously disappeared today. Non-attachment - its a Good Thing.

I just spent the last three hours sifting through thousands of used silk saris. I didn't think that I'd find them at the price that I paid 4 years ago, but miracles do happen. After the noon thali break (think Blue Plate Special) it's down the hill again to look at the overdyed patchwork and decide what to do. I've got another 3 hours of sari sorting tomorrow, but it's a pleasure for me to see all of the variety. I hope to end up with about 200 of them.

Tonight I also need to start sending out emails for the hotel rooms in Peru and Paraguay It's just weird for me to move through time and space (re: thinking about South America) when the here and now is so engrossing.