Saturday, January 07, 2012


Greetings from Darjeeling, 2000 meters above the plain where the Bagdogra airport lies, a three-hour drive (it can take four) despite the fact that a landslide had closed off the main road. Even when we joined the main road it was generally barely a lane wide and went steeply up up up in hairpins like I've never seen before. A steady stream of SUVs going up and down, many packed with eleven people inside and more on top or standing on the back fender, passed within centimeters of each other every minute or so. But it got me to Darjeeling, which is on terrain no less steep, and which I look forward to exploring tomorrow.

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