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Jul 9, 2005 - Over Bhun Bhuni hill

It occurred to me during the night that riding buffalos back to Kalga would probably be painful and smelly. By 8am the buffalo man hadn't arrived. The morning's first disappointment was also the morning's first relief. The sky was clear. Tomer, another Israeli I'd met the night before, is going to spend the day in Kiriganga watching the tide of sun sweep in and out over the mountain that sits over us like a cinema screen. Our guide is Rs 100 more expensive than the last one because it will take six hours to get over Bhun Bhuni. At 9:30...

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Jul 8, 2005 - Finished

There are three approaches from Kalga to the squirrel. The low path takes six hours across the bridge I crossed yesterday, up the valley and then back across the bridge at Rudra Nag temple. The high path takes two days over Bhun Bhuni and the glacier. The direct route crosses a bridge that was claimed by Shiva two days ago during the rains. For Rs 200 my adolescent guide will say he knows a way around the bridge and I'll feel more comfortable having someone else around. My comfort might be claimed by Shiva in an hour and a half when we get...

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Jul 7, 2005 - Going to Kiriganga to see a squirrel

Manikaren isn't a pretty town. It has some hot springs and geothermal activity that warm the streets beneath your feet. Clouds of steam drift around the town giving it an eerie gothic feeling. Three year ago a flood collapsed half of the government hotel by the river leaving a row of exposed bathrooms and concrete columns that crows perch on. Sikhs come here for holidays and to visit the Sikh temple. They seem to scare the Israelis away. Apart from Noam and Leah who I arrived with I didn't see a single Israeli, making it unique in the...

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