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After a stressful first week at school, Kate and I managed to â€śescapeâ€ť to
We got the bus (eventually) from outside our school to Kurseong (Rs.15/) very bumpy ride, but itâ€™s not too long and has some incredible views! When in Kurseong we looked about for a taxi ďż˝" people were quoting us Rs.900/ to
Eventually (at about 10) it was kicking out time and we started, slowly, to make our way back to the Sham Rock (very nice hotel that was recommended to us). But not without a few hiccups!! First ďż˝" James was unable to hold his drink (about 3beers at such an altitude, and puked. Into his fleece. It wasnâ€™t pretty, and heâ€™ll never live it down! Thenâ€¦a little further along the road we lost Mike and Pete ďż˝" apparently a local called Sam took them to an underground bar that continued to stay open after 10!! By this point it was Peteâ€™s turn to puke. And duly he did. Twice. Once out of a bathroom window ďż˝" why he didnâ€™t just use the toilet I donâ€™t know!! But Pete had an excuseâ€¦he wasâ€¦â€ťspikedâ€ť (I think this is a metaphor for weak stomached =S ) Very funny. Sleep was consequently very good!
In the morning we gazed at Kangchenjunga over a breakfast of fried egg, tomatoes, toast and coffee (very different to the curry and rice that weâ€™re used to!) and then pottered about taking in the sights and doing a bit of shopping! Have found a lovely internet cafĂ© also ďż˝" which is brilliant =) and cheap!!!
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This weekend we arrived on Friday, as we had to register our passports. After meeting up with some of the other volunteers (Rachel, Elf, Cassi, Fabienne, Mike, Pete and James) we did all the boring admin associated with being in India, the girls (not me) went to get sareeâ€™s (VERY VERY beautiful) and we found a jem of a hotel called â€śsilver cascadeâ€ť right next to a place called â€śhotel tranquilityâ€ť which is in the lonely planet guide. Itâ€™s amazing. We have comfy beds, hot water (24hour), en suite bathroom, balcony and tv ďż˝" all for Rs.150/ (just over 2pounds!!) After another dinner at glenarys (sweet and sour vegetables and a garlic naan) meeting some nice people who were drugs testing diarrhea patches and arm wrestling with locals, we trundled up the BIGGEST HILL YOUâ€™VE EVER SEEN, back to our hotel.
So Elf managed to trip over/into a pot hole and has fallen over and chipped half her tooth off and is requesting some Bob Marley to sooth the pain (along with painkillers)!.â€¦Later on...weâ€™re jamming in the guys room with musicâ€¦...Moments later someones tried to shut the balcony door and itâ€™s come off its hinges and the top window has smashed EVERYWHERE! No a clue what happenedâ€¦clearly it wasnâ€™t our evening!
Saturday wqas filled with shopping and endless wondering through the streets of Darjeeling, taking in the atmosphere and having many a chuckle at Elfs new grandad jumper and the not joke of one particular shop! Bought a jumper (super warm!!) and some more flipflops, had ice cream and walked to a hospital to see if we could get elfs tooth fixed...only to be told that dentists don't work on weekends and to come back on monday!!! Eva is now in on the situation and
Saturday evening was much less eventful (thankfully!!!) Went to the Buzz (Bar underneat Glenarys) and saw an open mic night! Brilliant range from solo acoustic sets to a guitar/sitar/violin/bamboo flute/digeredoo jam session/!!! We then met up with the Germans again (Hannah and a dude) and went to a lovely place called the Park for Fabs indian birthday dinner...ordered WAAYYY too much food, ate tooo tooo much and then waddled (or struggled) back up the hill to our hotel, jammed and listened to some music and we tucked up in bed by about 10!!!
This morning. there was no water. Elf had got half way thrugh washing her haid (soapy head and all) and the water stopped!!! We <3 India!! Went out for breakfast to the Mystik Mountain (toast and omlette and hot yummy chai) and then back to have a cold wash in a bucket!! and bought (finally!!!) some lip balm and much MUCH needed vitamins - snotty kids are lethal!!! Lol
And nowâ€¦here I am! So all is good and enjoyable! Still need to get some essentials (hair brush, vitamins, chocolate) but all in good time!
But yesâ€¦much love to everyone!!