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Several weeks late… but getting photos proved to be the tricky part! We had a lovely quarter break, with a friend of ours visiting from the UK. We went down to Jim Corbett National Park for a few days to go on a few tiger safaris, and then off to Rishikesh, Delhi and Agra before coming back up to Mussoorie. The heat of the plains made us appreciate the cool of Mussoorie… Read More

I had a really nice, photo-filled, post saved… and then my laptop got tea’d, and we’re evaluating if we can afford to repair it  now or if we’ll be waiting til June or later to pick me up a new laptop. I’m working with my Asus EEE netbook (5 years and still going strong!) for the foreseeable future. We spent 21 days traveling through South India, with no more than 2 nights… Read More

Amazing. It’s hard to put the trip into words of any sort of substance that can properly capture the experience; so much happened in so little time, and yet it was three weeks. So there will likely be a string of posts in the future, or posts touching on aspects of the trip to try to cover it in its entirety. It all started with surprising everyone at the airport, and my… Read More

Found out today while doing some errands in the bazaar that we evidently had a leopard attack while Adam & I were in Lucknow. According to one of the tailors, it killed a Nepalese coolie and attacked another; according to one of the grocery shopkeepers, none of the coolies want to go out past Pennington (one of the residences close to the school) after dark, since the stretch between Pennington and a… Read More

It’s coming! It’s coming! Monsoon has begun its slow juggernaut-like crawl up India, having officially started on the 29th-30th of May in the south. Monsoon is critical in India – it’s the time some crops are planted, to ensure they have enough water; it’s also necessary for many of the major crops for commercial and subsistence farmers alike, to ensure they get what they need. This year, it’s been predicted to be… Read More

He’s across the way on the exterior wall of a friends’ place… but we’ve had such of this ilk inside before. Our vacuum cleaner is their life-ending locale. Adam and I hatehateHATE spiders (he’s braver than I am – and I hate them a *lot*). After consulting an Australian (since the 1/16 of their wildlife that won’t kill you was just killed by the other 15/16), she thinks it may be a… Read More

We have two types of primate here: macaques and langurs (specifically, rhesus and grey langur/Hanuman langur). They’re बंदरों in Hindi – monkeys! Rhesus are prone to being more aggressive, and people have made me hyperaware of them, and – I think – hyperafraid of them just be speaking about the issues that the rhesus have, and the way they will interact with humans, and specifically females. I’ve been told “carry a catapult… Read More