Wandering Wunkers


I bought a Thing with my birthday money from my mother-in-law, and I want to show it off. It’s an El Camino bracelet – they are a travel-specific sort of ‘charm’ bracelet. The blue glass bead is a ‘region bead’ to represent Asia; the smaller beads (they call them ‘steps’) are for countries. I started with places I’ve lived the longest – US, India and Denmark, and there are punched oak/mahogany wood… Read More

We’ve returned from Delhi safe and sound, with a few lessons learned: Just because you use a rickshaw driver all day doesn’t mean he won’t try to jerk you around at the end of it. We asked to go to Dilli Haat — he ended up bringing us to the Delhi Haat craft bazaar. We were very clear where we wanted to go (“Dilli Haat, by INA Market”)- but he brought us elsewhere… Read More

Yesterday (1/9), Adam and I, plus some new staffers, took a trip down to Dehradun. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is coming to Woodstock on the 16th, and two of the new staffers (Melanie and Kelly) wanted Tibetan outfits made. Unfortunately, the school’s trip isn’t being planned until the 22nd–well after he’s left!–and the “general” trip is on the 8th, when there might not be enough time to get something made: so… Read More

What a few weeks it’s been… construction going on outside our house to ensure the rest of the pushta (wall) doesn’t go, starting my ESL tutoring again, doing prep work for the crazy that will be this term after I start language school up at Landour, locating a rat’s entry method – and then having to get maintenance in to block one way while we blocked another,  catching up on all of… Read More

Day 1: Day of Unrest We made our way from Mussoorie down to Dehradun for – from what everyone could tell – was an on-time (or only marginally delayed) train departure. Scheduled to depart at 20:30, and the train was only to arrive at 19:10 – but that sort of delay is manageable. Adam and I settled down to wait, with about half an hour to kill, and the train… still not… Read More

I’m hoping we’ll get around to updating the blog at least once a week – I may have to set it up for a regular Tuesday update, if nothing else! Things have been (generally) quiet. We’ve been having some Skype conversations with friends when time allows (and now that Eastern time is only.. 9:30 behind us?, it’s a little easier). Quarter Break has come and gone – we went down to Delhi,… Read More

As a note… this is a general post about the trip, albeit a long one. There may be more posts provoked by experiences or thoughts that occurred while in Saharanpur, such as clothing, child labour, working conditions, etc. On the 18th,  Adam and I were part of a 25-person trip to Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. One of the staff at Woodstock is from Saharanpur, and the Staff Welfare officer was kind enough to… Read More

Today was more errands, and success! in a few things. We picked up a small electric heater, since we will certainly need one in the new residence; I think I can conservatively say it is twice the size of our current residence, including having a second bedroom and a large kitchen, a dining/living area also about the size of our current bedroom & living room combined. We have asked the staff member… Read More

Adam and I went down through the bazaars again; got the hot water bottle, a larger frying pan, some containers for our dry goods, and placed another grocery order. Pillows will be ready tomorrow or Friday (sigh), so either Friday afternoon or Saturday we’ll go in and pick those up, and place an order for a duvet cover. We did have a couple interesting moments — because we went in midday on… Read More

It was a good day… We ordered 2 new pillows, got fabric for 2 winter salwar kameez and for a sari (since formal occasions at Woodstock equate to sari-wear), and fabric for a ‘regular’ weight SK, and got a load of groceries (one of the grocery stores has almost everything, from shampoo and soap to fruit and veg, eggs, Nutella and PB, 13 different kinds of jam, PASTA, canned salmon…). The coolie… Read More