081012 India Postcard 13

On October 20, 2008, in All, India 2008, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
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081020 Daily Links (Oct 20, 2008)

On October 20, 2008, in All, Daily Links, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Open Letter to Google : Why Have You Taken Away my Google & GMail Accounts? Remember if you get it for free, have a plan
 

081014 India Postcard 12

On October 20, 2008, in All, India 2008, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
 <–Previous  –  Next–> On the Way to Vulture’s Peak The bus is gone. We’ve shifted to three Tatas, the Indian mini Land Rovers. The next places can’t be reached by bus. Today, we’re headed to Vulture’s Peak (VP) the site of Buddha,s greatest teaching and Nalanda., the site of India’s greatest educational institution. At VP, […]
 

081013 India Postcard 11

On October 20, 2008, in All, India 2008, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
< –Previous  –  Next–> Bodhgaya  Another temple town, Bodhgaya is the spot where Buddha reached enlightment. It seems like every nation except Canada and the US have built a presence here. Were staying at the Kirti Guest House which is somehow affiliated with the Tibetans. Again, the rooms are small. But, the air conditioning works […]
 

081012 India Postcard 10

On October 19, 2008, in All, India 2008, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
<–Previous  –  Next–> Kushinigar to Bodhgaya I bet that hell is really a busride from Kushinigar to Bodhgaya. The itinerary has the day blocked off for the adventure, a 12 hour bus ride. We get ready to board and gird ourselves for the long journey. The bus is spacious, the driving tem familiar. We are […]
 

081011 India Postcard 9

On October 19, 2008, in All, India 2008, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
<–Previous  –  Next–> Vihan Hopping in Kushinigar Buddhist monks are sweet. In many lands, families work hard to be able to place one of their sons in the monastery at a very early age. The men who emerge from that early training have a remarkable combination of shrewd other worldliness, wisdom and relative freedom from […]
 

081011 India Postcard 8

On October 19, 2008, in All, India 2008, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
<–Previous  Next–> Lumbini to Kushinigar Today is a light travel day. We’ve only got six hours scheduled in the bus.. We’re headed to Kushinigar Buddha was cremated there. The sixteen of us fit easily into the jitney. It has about 30  seats and an upfront cabin for the driving and logistics team.  Our driver, who […]
 

081010 India Postcard 7

On October 19, 2008, in All, India 2008, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
 <–Previous  –  Next–> Sravasti  to Lumbini, Nepal……3 hours on a long bumpy road Slowly, I am learning that a projected three hour ride is usually going to be double that. We cross the Nepal border to visit Lumbini
 

081009 India Postcard 6

On October 19, 2008, in All, India 2008, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
<–Previous  –  Next–> Varanasi to Sravasti by  Jitney I had no idea that there were places left that take three days to get to. It’s now Tuesday and we are still on the way. Today’s slice of road is a hard drive through the odd mix of agriculture and urban life that dots the sometimes […]
 

081007 India Postcard 5

On October 9, 2008, in All, India 2008, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
<–Previous  –  Next–> Varanasi The heat. It sucks the life out of you. It is merciless. We are here on the holiest day of the holiest festival (loosely, Hindu Christmas). Today’s itinerary includes Deer Park, where Buddha gave his first talk.  I seem to be a magnet for children who peddle small souvenirs. They are […]