Frankfurt, Germany | August 21, 2005
Nürnberg, Germany | August 22, 2005
Füssen, Germany | August 25, 2005
Graz, Austria | August 26, 2005
Pliskovica, Slovenija | August 28, 2005
Maribor, Slovenija | August 29, 2005
Ljubljana, Slovenija | August 30, 2005
Zagreb, Croatia | August 31, 2005
Split, Croatia | September 4, 2005
Korčula, Croatia | September 7, 2005
Dubrovnik, Croatia | September 8, 2005
Sofia, Bulgaria | September 10, 2005
Plovdiv, Bulgaria | September 12, 2005
Istanbul, Turkey | September 14, 2005
Selçuk, Turkey | September 20, 2005
Samos, Greece | September 25, 2005
Naxos, Greece | September 27, 2005
Santorini, Greece | September 29, 2005
Crete, Greece | October 3, 2005
Rome, Italy | October 7, 2005
Ales, France | October 10, 2005
Chamonix, France | October 18, 2005
Paris, France | October 21, 2005
Delhi, India | October 27, 2005
Mcleod Ganj, India | October 30, 2005
Rishikesh, India | November 7, 2005
Varanasi, India | November 12, 2005
Agra, India | November 15, 2005
Bharatpur, India | November 17, 2005
Delhi (Paharaganj), India | November 18, 2005
Bangkok, Thailand | November, 20 2005
Chiang Mai, Thailand | November 22, 2005
Pai, Thailand | November 25, 2005
Amed, Bali | November 30, 2005
Canberra, Australia | December 6, 2005
Holidays Point, Australia | December 14, 2005
Port Maquarie, Australia | December 15, 2005
Noosa Heads, Australia | December 18, 2005
Coolangatta, Australia | December 28, 2005
Sydney Airport, Australia | December 30, 2005
Nadi, Fiji | December 31, 2005
Boulder, CO | January 4, 2006

Rishikesh, India

November 7, 2005

We arrived by bus this morning to Dehra Dun (4:30 am) and then shared a taxi to Rishikesh with a couple from Seattle and 2 girls from Germany. Our hotel arrangments (we made them in advance) were not honored once we got here. It seems the deluxe hotel room we reserved and confirmed over the phone had been "reserved for someone else for 2 months now". This seems to be the case every where we go. Either that or they have given our reserved room to another person and now only have a more expensive room. This morning, they let us sleep a few hours in the deluxe room before downgrading us to another room. This particular downgrade was sever and harsh. Ahhh, India...the land of contridictions and the great tester of our patience. What a colorful teacher she is! It is hard traveling here but surely worth it for all we have seen so far.

From our hotel's terrace we have a great view of the Ganges River and the most auspicous bridge and temples in town. We will upload photos as soon as we get a better sense of where we are at. We always feel a bit cautious about getting out Luke's powerbook in new places like this.

More soon! Love to you all

November 8, 2005

I need to add my story of the bus ride from Dharmasala. A 12 hour bus ride anywhere isn't great, but this one was rough. For the Boulderites, imagine driving up and down Magnolia for 3 hours in a rattling old schoolbus as fast as was physically possible, slamming on the brakes every few minutes to avoid a head-on collision with another bus. Then 8 more hours barreling along the main "highway", which feels like you're driving on a heavily washboarded dirt road. Indian bus drivers like to drive in the middle of the road at top speed and swerve wildly at the last second to avoid anything their size and larger (other buses and trucks). Everything smaller (cars, rikshaws, bicycles, and people) must get out of their way - except the cows, which enjoy sacred status, and can do whatever they please. Horn honking is constant, and passing an overloaded truck on a blind corner is perfectly acceptable, provided you blast your horn the entire time. In a testament to how travel-wise we've become, both Nichole and I managed to sleep through a fair amount of this!

Today we've moved from our dodgy hotel to an Ashram on the other side of the river. It's a much nicer place, and we're right on the Ganges. Sunset this evening was really beautiful. Marigold offerings drift by in the current and dhobi-wallahs washing clothes along the beach, while Indian tourists take an auspicious boat ride across the river.

Last night we got to watch the "monkey circus" from the cafe next to the bridge. Baby monkeys riding on their mother's backs, teenage monkeys wrassling each other and reminding me a lot of Obie and I in our younger years. We got some really funny video of them.

We'll put up photos, and I'm going to try to add a video section, but the internet speeds here are very slow, so we'll have to wait until we get somewhere with a decent connection.

Love to everyone,
Luke



From: Luke and Nichole

Diana -- We need your email address because we are trying to get things set up for Thailand. We fly out of Delhi on November 20. Please email Luke at freeheel@sprynet.com. Thanks!


From: mcfly

monkey videos on the web?!?!? who heard of such a thing?


From: little brother

http://www.folsombreakouts.com/Chimp.mpg


From: MOM

Glad to hear you two are still alive and well. Sounds like quite the adventure. Hard to believe you could sleep through it all. Glad to hear you are somewhat safe now and feeling better about traveling again. Keep in touch can't wait to see you in January.


From: Molly

Man kids - you are ripping it up over there! I think of you (and talk about you often!!) I just went to Moab again with my sorta new boyfriend - It's all good, but he might have to pass the Luke & Nichole test! I've been wrenching a ton on my truck and loving it. Who knew? Here's another pic of my doing a wheelstand. My rig really likes to get tippy tho. Miss you two heeps! L, Mols http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5cf26b3127cce95772234005800000026108AbNWLJszZOA Oh and this is Andy.... (He's a wheeler too - shocker!) 47b5cf26b3127cce9577225e003200000026108AbNWLJszZOA




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