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Oct 16, 2009 - Maoist Bus Ride

I think I must be in some sort of transcendental state. Maybe I have been drugged by the orange I just ate. Or I'm dreaming - one of the acid dreams I used to get earlier this the year when I was taking my malaria medication. I am on a public bus, hurtling along a bumpy road in pitch darkness. Beside me is a deaf mute. We started off communicating by writing in his notebook, but now that the bus has reached warp speed he is using sign language, and writing letters on the seat rest in front of me. If the seat back material was velvet or...

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Oct 15, 2009 - Nepali Village Girl

I was taking an afternoon/sunset bicycle ride, photographing the villages and village people (no, no gay firemen or cowboys here) on the outskirts of the Royal Bardia National Park in the Terai, western Nepal. I came across the little girl in the attached photo. Beautiful eyes......

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Oct 14, 2009 - Jungle Walk, Royal Bardia National Park

Today is my mother’s birthday, so I celebrated by going on a jungle safari – walking for the day with a guide in Royal Bardia National Park. Braving elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses and other wild animals. At least we would have been braving them if the Chinese hadn’t already consumed them all to produce potions and powders to “make you strong”. I had a fantastic day walking in the park. Largely undisturbed by animals. I did see some nice deer, although you’ll see more on the drive to the country cottage in Quebec than you will here in...

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Oct 13, 2009 - Mahendranagar to Royal Bardia National Park

After a one night stop in Mahendranagar on the Nepal border it was onto a bus to Royal Bardia National Park in the western Terrai. There are no VIP or luxury coaches out here – it’s all local public transportation. I’m OK with public buses, I’ve done lots now all over Asia. But the buses, and roads, in western Nepal are the most horrendous and pain inducing that I have ever encountered. Overland travel here is simply horrendous. Frequent stops at army checkpoints, and screeching halts every mile or so to pick up someone else from the latest...

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