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Friday, February 2, 2001
Calcutta, India
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Calcutta, India:
Latitude: 22° 33' 30" North
Longitude: 88° 21' 13" East
Altitude: 20 feet
From Seattle: 8640 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Capital Guest House

Today's Travel:
Country: India
Region: West Bengal
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1394
Linear Dist: 270884
Countries Visited: 74
Regions Visited: 278
More stats...
Hotels: 532
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 88
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4522

Journal Entry:
I slept is some, then set out to explore and find another travel agent or two. Around the corner and down the street a found a guy sitting on the sidewalk making these elaborate puzzles out of wire. I started playing with one and ten minutes later was sitting on the ground next to him. Forty five minute later I had solved a couple of them and bought one of every puzzle he had for 80 rupee (<$2) - fifteen puzzles total, and he promised me that he'd have at least ten others if I came back later. Back on Sudder Street I tried another travel agent at random. This one told me that I couldn't fly before March 10th! I guess the good news is that with that much difference between agents I might be able to find one who can fly me next week. I think tomorrow I'll go try to find the Indian Air office. In the afternoon I got on the internet and went on a successful quest for a bank machine. My quest led me by the old and new market building - something I'll definitely have to check out in the next few days - though even walking by them got me massively hassled by porters (you need a guide! Not guide, you need a porter or you'll get lost!) Back at the hotel I got out the puzzles to have a look at them for a few minutes and nearly two hours later I'd solved them all. At night I went to see the newest Clint Eastwood movie Space Cowboys - not fantastic, but kept me a entertained. In my room I ended up finding some problems in one of my programs, Pike, and ended up staying up late fixing them.

Related Sites:
XTide: Current tides and sunrise / sunset times for Calcutta
CNN: Current Weather in Calcutta
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: India
CIA - The World Factbook: India

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