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Jan 23, 2014 - Guwahati [Dispur], Assam [2]

January 12, 2014 I think I may have done more damage to my knee that I thought. I am going to get an MRI. Its only $100. When I hang out at place long enough I almost become a local. At least that’s the way I feel. I am at my watering hole. Back to the knee thing, when I sleep on my right side it is really uncomfortable still. Just the weight of my left leg resting on either a pillow, my right knee, mattress or blanket hurts. It’s kind of a bitch to sleep. It’s not getting better. 46 and I have never broken a bone in my body. Lots of...

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Jan 22, 2014 - Guwahati [Dispur], Assam

Dec. 28/2013 Tyler’s birthday soon. I sure had some crazy thoughts last night. Maybe not so crazy. I think I am only kidding myself to think that my knee is going to heal with heat and cold. I can feel a bump on the inside of my left knee. I think that’s the tendon that has separated from my knee. This is disastrous for this trip. Suu Kyi and I are no longer going to be travel mates. I am going to see a doctor today to confirm. I am at hotel Nezone. It’s in Guwahati. I drove from Shillong to Guwahati after a five day rest and my knee was...

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Jan 22, 2014 - Kaziranga National Park

December 3, 2013 I stayed at Kaziranga national part last night rather than press on Kohima. Kohima is only two hours away but there are lots of hotels here. I stayed at Maa Kamala tourist resort. It’s not really a resort but rather a group of rooms along the highway. They had parking for Suu Kyi and it was 3:30. It’s another one hour to Kohima and Nagaland and I didn’t want to be caught looking for a hotel. The hotel owner didn’t speak English so he got his daughter to translator. They were awesome people. They brought me a night light and...

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Jan 22, 2014 - Silchar, Assam [or there abouts]

Dec 12/2013 I called Derek this morning to wish him a happy birthday and I guess it was on the 11th. I stayed in Nunz last night. 400 Rs. It was a dorm style joint. The daughter said it was 100 Rs. There were four beds, all empty so I guess I had to pay for all of them??!! I was told to rest Suu Kyi behind a Murati. I knew this was going to be a problem but the guy insisted. Sure enough there was banging on my door to move her because the car had to get out. I was awake but was just falling back to sleep. Fuck it. I put on my riding gear...

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Dec 1, 2013 - Guwahati

December 1, 2013 I had to break rule one and drove at night. I couldn’t see a single hotel along the way as I neared Guwahati. I can’t drive into villages as the crowd that develops is huge. I didn’t leave Bongaigaon until late. I chatted with the hotel owners son for quite awhile then, on my way out of town I was met by some guy who wanted to take me to some place. It was the Lawyers’ Assocation. Very nice people. I was with them until noon. They gave me a diary. A cop came and got me; Suu Kyi had an audience that was blocking traffic....

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Dec 1, 2013 - Bongaigaon

November 29, 2013 Oh! I had to stop I need chai. Finally reached Assam. I am having chai at a chai-in-town-place. This is always a problem. One more kick in the nut sack. The chai is so so. Some drunken asshole started in on me before I could pull out the note pad. There are a lot of drunks in this part of India. Nagaland is a dry state and so am I. Now some other drunk is standing over me pretending to read my journal upside down. Go away. Every man chew pan also. This is worse than smoking. Soooo gross. Now the owner is trying to chase...

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Jun 3, 2009 - High Court of Assam at Gauhati

Route: Siliguri - Sivok - Bongaigaon - Golpara - Gauhati - Golpara - Coochbihar - Jalpaiguri - Siliguri Distance covered: 475 Kms. + 561 Kms. = 1036 Kms. Place of Stay on 02.06.2009: Harmony House, Apurba Sinha Path, Rajgarh Road, ByLane No.5 Place of Stay on 04.06.2009 (after midnight of 03.06.2009):Hotel Central Plaza, Mallaguri After relaxing in our favourite hotel, we started off for Gauhati. The journey was the most difficult which we had undertaken till now. After a grilling 12 hours journey we reached Gauhati at around 10 p.m. Our...

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Aug 14, 2007 - Jorhat-Don't Tell Mum!

Tea helped put Assam on the world map. A British official first reported its existence in 1823. A few other things make this north-east Indian state unique. The one horned rhinocerous is its pride and joy. Then there's the world's largest river island. Of course, you might not have heard about the last two. I hadn't. Perhaps you didn't even know about about the tea. However, maybe you have seen recent reports about some other things that make this place famous? Floods, strikes and terrorism! I thought I would see the devastation caused by...

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Feb 16, 2006 - Dulliajan, Assam - Enter the land of black gold

Greetings all, We are here in a town called Dulliajan right now. IT's primarily an oil town. Almost everybody works for the oil company here. We've only beeen here for a few days and it's been fun. Yesterday we visitied an oil platform and got to actually go up high on the platform and watch them change the drill bit. The well we visited can drill 12,000 feet deep. Yes, that is twelve thousand feet deep. That's rediculously deep. All of us enjoyed that experience more than we thought we would. We even had a cup of tea on the rig! Last...

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Feb 11, 2006 - Tinsukia and other things

We have now moved to Tinsukia, Assam, the triangle city and are resting at our new hosts. We visited a women's college today, and Don and Nate were big hits. Wow, does it ever get hard to say good-bye to our new found friends. Hopefully the pictures are not too large to preview. Namaste, Marlene

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Feb 10, 2006 - The tour of our first Indian prison

Today we met with the Rotaracters from Dibrugarh around 9:00 AM. We had a great meal with them and hopefully planted the seeds for many great conversations to come. It's fun to share there youth and energy. Sara and Karin were feeling a little under the weather so they did not attend the mornings events. So Nathan, Marlene, and I fought the good fight and went at it three strong. After meeting with them we were whisked away to a visit to one of the local colleges. I was joking to Nathan on the way there that maybe we'll get honorary...

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Feb 8, 2006 - Dibrugarh

Hello to everyone from Dibrugarh, the city below the river, Yes, this City is below the river because in 1952 an earthquake re-directed it. There are dikes similar to New Orleans, and in the rainy/monsoon season they are closely watched. After a six hour ride from Kaziranga, we arrived in Dibrugarh and greeted by several Rotarians, with flowers and a special Bindi or red paint on our forehead. Then we proceeded to our host families. Today, February 8, 2006, we visited a village where the Rotary clubs provide medical services once a month....

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