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The Best Money I Ever Spent

The Best Money I Ever Spent

I’ve spent money on lots of things, most of them truly regrettable. For instance, the 200 or so CD’s I purchased as a young, single professional, flush with disposable income and incredibly bored. I would take a drive over to HMV every Wednesday, browsing new releases….

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A Dip in the Ganges: The Ultimate Attitude Adjustment

A Dip in the Ganges: The Ultimate Attitude Adjustment

I was brought up a Baptist, which meant I got to choose when I was ready to receive my baptism. I remember that moment well, and apparently I enjoyed it so much that I continue to find new ways to clean away my “sins” and…

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Nothing new under the Rishikesh sun.

Nothing new under the Rishikesh sun.

A confession: While I keep a blog going (albeit poorly) I don’t read that many blogs. I just don’t have the time, and very few blogs grab my interest long enough for me to make time in my day to spend reading other people’s accounts…

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GCIRC Day 13: Chennai is barely worth mentioning?

GCIRC Day 13: Chennai is barely worth mentioning?

The title of this is misleading. The fourth largest city in India is certainly worthwhile, but with only a few hours there in between trains, I didn’t get a remotely good look at the place, which was a shame. The reason I know Chennai was…

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GCIRC Day 12: Kolkata, and the art of passive travel

GCIRC Day 12: Kolkata, and the art of passive travel

Writing this on the Coromandal Express, a 26 hour ride from Howrah to Chennai. We had about six hours to kill in Kolkata aka Calcutta to most westerners. I had decided straight away that I was going to be the completely passive traveler today, as…

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GCIRC Days 9-11: Darjeeling – Welcome to Gorkhaland

GCIRC Days 9-11: Darjeeling – Welcome to Gorkhaland

We have reached the half way point of our little jaunt around India, and with two days in Darjeeling, everyone is meant to rest up and recharge their batteries. Whether or not that worked out as planned, you would have to ask the others, but…

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Gcirc Day 8: I hate Assam. I love Assam.

Gcirc Day 8: I hate Assam. I love Assam.

Writing this on the Rajdhani Express again, this time on my way out of Assam, headed towards Darjeeling where we will spend two nights. Let’s get the “I hate Assam” part taken care of first, as it’s shorter. Haven’t heard from me in awhile? Blame…

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GCIRC Day 7 – I love this train

GCIRC Day 7 – I love this train

Writing this on the New Delhi – Dibrugarh Rajdhani, or The Rajdhani Express- my favorite train of the trip so far. As soon as the train pulled out of the station, we were immediately given lunch. Just given, not sold. Veg or non-veg? Then again…

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GCIRC Day 4 pt 2 – Delhi Belly: Just another statistic, man.

GCIRC Day 4 pt 2 – Delhi Belly: Just another statistic, man.

Before we left on this trip, Troy and I were having a conversation that I am sure, if I could remember the subject now, would probably be embarrassing. The one notable exchange came when Troy busted out the line: “Just another statistic, man. Just another…

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Traveling around India with as little as possible.

Traveling around India with as little as possible.

Circumnavigating India is going to be a challenge, possibly more than I can conceive of at this point. Still, I have a masochistic streak in me where I immediately want to make things harder on myself than is reasonable. How small could I make my pack while…

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