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A Last Farewell

Posted by on Sep 25, 04:55 PM
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“Aṭutta muṟai varai, India!”

I hugged my sisters goodbye, and latched up my trailer for nearly the first time in six months…

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Descent from the Plateau and a Whirlwind Side-Trip

Posted by on Sep 22, 03:07 AM
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Tibetan Houses

This had been a record fifteen days of traveling without a proper shower, a fast that I would have readily and gladly broken had the opportunity for a cleansing presented itself.

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Sichuan: the Peoples of the High Country

Posted by on Sep 8, 06:44 PM
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Tibetan Characters

We had the traditional tsampa for breakfast, a mixture of hot water, yak butter and barley flour that is, well, predictably bland and not popular with non-Tibetans, but a healthy way to start the day all the same.

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Bye Bye, Palayamkottai!

Posted by on Sep 5, 05:04 PM
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I clipped my trailer onto the rear axle with bits of rusty wire – I had long since lost the original clips – and saddled up. As I left the Priory grounds, the familiar clatter of the bullock gate passing under my wheels caused a mixed emotion of regret and exhilaration…

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Tibet: Hitting Bottom, Reaching for Blue

Posted by on Sep 1, 06:41 AM
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Tibet

Toward late afternoon I had climbed to an altitude of over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level and arrived at the first real Tibetan village, complete with a small temple and a few crimson-clad monks. A young policeman in a van caught up with me and I knew it was all over—I would be sent back.

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Singamaparai Simulacra

Posted by on Aug 27, 09:37 AM
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An hour’s intense drive north of Palayamkottai — along narrow streets packed with dhoti- and sari-clad Tamils, animals (mostly domestic — plenty of ‘holy cows’), autorickshaws, motorcycles, and crowded, horn-blaring buses — lies the tiny village of Singamparai.

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Classroom Capers

Posted by on Aug 23, 10:59 AM
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Teaching is a challenging affair. But despite its difficulties, trials, and exertions, mine was a wholly positive experience.

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