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February 2012

22 Feb 2012 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 22, 2012 - Jaipur, India

There were so many gunny sacks of block print to transport from Delhi to Jaipur that the most cost-effective way to move them (and me) was to hire a car and driver, not a budget breaking endeavor if in India.  The distance is only a little over 100 miles, but even with a good car and a skillful driver, the trip still takes just under five hours.  In parts the road is very good, the problem is the variety of vehicles - big slow trucks, little slow tuk-tuks, farm tractors, they all share the same stretch of cement.I'm at the Arya Niwas now,

21 Feb 2012 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 21, 2012 - Jaipur, India

Kathmandu's dogs are mostly Tibetan Mastiff mixes.  Delhi's dogs are one generation removed from a Dingo.  They look pretty well fed, albeit dirty, and quite a few have collars on them, but they didn't seem to belong to anyone.  Mystery solved, a lof of them are working.  I saw two young pups with their mom, all in matching vests outside an ATM booth.  Simultaneously all three took off after a group on monkeys.  The human job of keeping marauding monkeys out of office buildings has been taken over by a cadre of canines.

20 Feb 2012 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 20, 2012 - Delhi, India

Oof - too long of days, but I lost almost a day and a half thanks to the little giardia critters, so have to make up time.  I had such a good afternoon rummaging through beautiful block prints that I'm reguvenated.  We've got the new sweater barn to be filled this summer with cottons, so I've been hard at it.  If you've ever wanted any of the gorgeous Williams-Sonoma block print textiles, but didn't want to shell out that much money, come see us.  I've already picked out a new kitchen table cloth and Shop Cat is going to get her own littl

14 Feb 2012 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 14, 2012 - Kathmandu, Nepal

After years of staying at the Potala, this is the  first time that I've scored The Penthouse Suite.  They call them suites, they're actually nice rooms on the new side of the hotel, but glorious #9, my room, is the very top floor with walls of windows on two sides and one wall is east facing for warming early morning sun.

11 Feb 2012 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 11, 2012 - Kathmandu, Nepal

The weird part about internet cafes and Skype is that it's almost impossible to not overhear what should be a private conversation.  One guy was leaving Nepal early because he thought the food was bad and expensive.  On the whole I would have to agree IF you were just eating in the backpacker's ghetto.  The restaurants try to do foreigner's comfort food without really knowing what they're cooking, and trying to do it with ingredients that aren't readily available.  I try to eat local food because that's what they do the best.

08 Feb 2012 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 8, 2012 - Kathmandu, Nepal

Chonden said that the influx of Buddhists is because of the full moon tonight, it's an important date.  We went out to Boudha, and the stupa was splendidly decked out in new prayer flags, butter lamps and lights.

07 Feb 2012 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 7, 2012 - Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal seems to be one step forward and two steps back this year.  Severe shortages of everything, food, power, petrol, kerosene.  The restaurant at the hotel closed because they couldn't get cooking oil.  My mask maker is not taking orders, he says that he's not sure if he can get them done with the power outages.  He also pointed out that the amount spent by individual Nepalis on generators, diesel from India, back-up batteries from China, etc. could pay for a new electric station in one year.

02 Feb 2012 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 2, 2012 - Kathmandu, Nepal

OK, I'll say it once and get it out of my system.  Kathmandu - no heat, no power, no water, no Wi Fi. But sometimes yes - so NO WHINING!