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India Part II: Elephant Day


We find Ryan, Amanda, and Asher (as well as a friend of theirs and a jeep driver) on a train platform on the other side of the world in New Alipurdaur, India. I have to say it felt great to see someone we knew. We piled in the “reserved jeep” and I told the adventure of getting there. Ryan later said it was one of his favorite parts of our visit; to hear what he knew so well about India from a brother’s new eyes.

A “reserved jeep” is a SUV that is wholly for us. A luxury in India. We drive through country roads, constantly using either side of the road to avoid large potholes, or rather stretches of broken pavement, and we catch up. Somehow we got to the topic of the side-to-side wagging of the head that Indian people do. Though it looks like “no”, it turns out it means an emphatic yes. That had already been the source of quite a bit of confusion on the train.

We went to Jaldapara, where we were dropped off at Jaldapara Lodge. Like most things in India, it looks rundown, but the inside was recently renovated. There were queen beds, a walk-in shower with a small dedicated water heater on the wall, a functioning western toilet, and an A/C unit that was not wired up yet. Lincoln was exhausted from the journey, and fell asleep in the kiddy backpack.

From India 2008


India Part I: Getting There


This is overdue, but we’re going to attempt to give our India trip some justice. Hopefully we’ll be able to share something interesting. We’ll be putting all the pictures up in Picasa and you could look at a slide show of all of them there, but there will be stories here to go with the pictures, so I’d recommend exploring here. However, click on the pictures if you want to see them larger. This will be in multiple installments which will hopefully take less time than the trip did.

Days 1-3: Getting there.

We left from Denver, with a direct flight to London. This might have been more exciting for Lincoln if it wasn’t his 7th or so round-trip flight this year. Still, he likes planes.

From India 2008

One thing that can be interesting to track is the H.P.R. (the Happy Picture Ratio). It is usually much higher at the beginning of the trip. (more…)