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Jul 26, 2005 - Vashisht, Ladakh - Leh, India

Mit einem absolut katastrophalen 'Deluxe Bus' fahren wir die Nacht hindurch weiter nach Vashisht. Es regnet die ganze Nacht hindurch. Die Scheiben des Buses sind alle gesprungen und das Dach ist leck. Zum guten Glueck ist der Bus aber nur halb voll, so dass alle Passagiere am Gang sitzen koennen. Wirklich trocken bleibt aber niemand. Nass und frierend erreichen wir Vashisht, wo wir den ganzen Tag damit verbringen unsere Kleider, Buecher etc. zu trocken. Der Laderaum im Bus stand unter Wasser... In der Nacht geht es weiter. Im Morgengrauen...

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Jul 7, 2005 - Greetings from Ladakh Part Two

Now where did I leave off, oh yes Ladakh is a desert that only has 100mm of rain per year! Well they have had twice that in the last 36 hours. Both roads into Ladakh have been closed on the high passes due to heavy snow and all flights have been cancelled for the last 24 hours; so we are completely cut off from the outside world. We have postponed our trek until Sunday in the hope that the weather will clear and we have had to send a taxi to Rumtse this morning to inform the pony man of this. There is no other way of communicating with the...

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Jul 6, 2005 - Greetings from Ladakh

We have now settled into life in Ladakh and found a comfortable guest house with views across the mountains and a wonderful vegetable garden.The first week has been spent acclimatising, drinking tea and meeting people. It is summer here in Leh and normally temperatures range from 20-24 celsius but this week it has been in the 30's making acclimatisation even more difficult. Ladakh is a desert with only around 100mm of rain per year, the air is very dry and you can drink a litre of water and still feel thirsty. This combined with...

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Jun 16, 2005 - At altitude (1, 2, 3)

Delhi was less crowded, less polluted and more friendly that I expected. What I saw in one day was preferable in all respects to Bangalore. All the auto rickshaws and many other vehicles run on CNG (natural gas) so I didn't get driven through blue clouds of exhaust fumes as often as I'm used to. At 6:30 am our plane took off from Delhi airport. I could see the ground and the sky, but there was no discernible horizon. The plane remained at the same angle of incline for an hour, never climbing high above the ground and never getting above the...

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