Dharamshala - Saturday, December 01, 2001
came here Thursday morning after taking the sleeper train from
Delhi to Patangkhot (10h), then a 3-4 hour bus ride up to McLeod
Ganj. The road from Dharamshala and up here is the steepest, most
windy and narrow road I have ever been on. Every 100 meters there
were signs on the road saying things like: "Better late than
never", "Go slow, save a life, it could be your own",
"Dangerous turn, go deadly slow" etc...
I was pretty relieved when we finally got to the top! However
it was really worth it. The views here are great and the people
seem so much friendlier than elsewhere in India. There is a lot
of Tibetan people here too, as this is the residence of the Dalai
Lama (however he is not here now, apparently he is travelling
in Europe). Anyway, this is where the Tibetan Headquarters is
and where most refugees come if they run from Tibet. There are
lot of refugee schools and projects for Tibetan's as well.
first day and night here I was a little miserable, it was damn
cold and I felt lonely after having left Delhi and my friends
there. However the next day things got much better again. I went
for a walk to find somewhere to have breakfast, when I ran into
Caroline and Matthew from Canada (Quebec), they had been on the
bus with me the day before. So we had breakfast together, then
went for a walk around the Tibetan Monastery. Later we had lunch
and also signed up for an Indian cooking class that we will be
doing later today.
In the afternoon I went to see Harry Potter in the video hall,
I went on my own since Matthew were still reading the book. The
quality of the video was very bad, but I got most of it and the
film was a good enough. Later in the evening I was looking for
somewhere to have dinner (haha, from this entry it seems like
all I do is looking for places to eat)
I wasn't sure where to go, so I strolled around for a while.
I then met Dan from Canada and Amy from the US (Washington) they
were also searching for a place to eat and invited me along. Great
people by the way, they had been travelling for about 7-8 months,
first in Europe and soon they are heading over to Thailand/South
This morning I also moved Guesthouse to somewhere nicer and cheaper:)
Not sure what my plans are for today, but at 3 pm I will be doing
the cooking course.