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July 23, 2008 / calebdresser

Resurfacing briefly


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I’m popping up momentarily from Leh, Ladahk, in eastern Kashmir, but the satellite connections here are so slow (and expensive) that no photos are getting posted until I’m back in Modipuram in early August. Since the 14th, As mentioned, I’ve traveled to Jaipur in Rajastan, visited the old city and some hill-forts there, spent a couple days on an organic farm north of Jaipur with William McCafferey, and returned to Jaipur with just enough time to walk around in a slum before I got on a train to Chandigarh. I passed through there quickly, catching a bus to Manali, a hill town in the front ranges of the Himalaya. From there it was two shatteringly bumpy days of bus travel over horrific but beautiful mountain roads to Leh – one of the passes topped out at more than 17,000 feet above sea level. I’ve been here a couple days, and its lovely – cool weather, people much less in-your-face than on the plains, and, of course, mountains. I’m heading off for a bit of trekking tomorrow, and then returning to my dear little rice plants – hopefully bigger now that the season is about half-done! Once I’m back at my desk at the IRRI site office, I’ll put up some photos and some of the more interesting bits of the last two weeks, but for now this will have to do.

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  1. Amy Freitag / Jul 25 2008 8:02 pm

    sounds like your getting to see some places that normal americans would never even think about venturing to 🙂 that’s wonderful… how was walking around in a slum?

    oh, and did you get my postcard from jasper?

  2. kaitlin / Jul 30 2008 8:43 pm

    caleb! sounds wonderful. the man i am traveling around Moldova with has spent a lot of time working for a folk art nonprofit in rajastan, sounds beautiful.

    … where will you be in the beginning of sept? i start with the epa on sept 15th (!!!) and plan on traveling before then.

    here’s to abundant happiness,
    k

  3. bengolas / Aug 1 2008 10:49 am

    I’m visiting some slums later this afternoon! Good times… You still alive?

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