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Sunday, February 4, 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: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1396
Linear Dist: 270884
Countries Visited: 74
Regions Visited: 278
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Hotels: 534
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 88
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4524

Journal Entry:
I spent the morning working on my journal and email again. At the internet cafe I checked my packages status on the FedEx web page and was disturbed to find out that it had been held for more than 24 hours with the note "Customs exception". I had no idea what that meant, but I was a little nervous because I only had one day of buffer between when it was supposed to arrive here in Calcutta and when I am flying out to the Andaman Islands. I decided to go find the FedEx office and ask what, if anything, I could do to hurry the process along. I'd managed to find a street address on the net (FedEx only gave my parents the street and building name). Luckily the street is only around the corner, so I set off walking. I kept an eye on the numbers and they got closer and closer, but then the street ended. I crossed to the other side and found a higher number (55) so started walking back up and then found a lower number (51), but not the number I was looking for (53/A). It took me over an hour to realize that the numbers seemed to follow a little ways down the cross streets and finally I found the Blue Dart / FedEx office down a little narrow alley that I'd walked by at least four times. Then I realized it was Sunday.

I was hoping to head up to the English cemetery, recommended to me as one of the most peaceful and powerful places in Calcutta, but then I realized that it was two forty-five and I had also been advised that it closed at three. I tried a new restaurant (JoJo's) for a late lunch, but it didn't come close to being as good as the first place I'd tried (Blue Sky Cafe). I decided to go check out the old and new market building, but both of them were also closed up tight. So I wandered the streets. My plan had been to just generally look around some more, and also see what movies were playing. None of the movies showing were at all interesting to me (or I'd already seen them). I did find my puzzle man again and bought seven more different puzzles (bringing my total to twenty four - one of the ones I bought was a repeat). I ended up spending the rest of the afternoon / evening reading. I went back to the Blue Sky Cafe for a light dinner and was then just walking around when I ran in to Criss - an Australian guy I'd been hanging out with in Varanasi. He's heading out tomorrow, but he gave me a list of things to see and do in Calcutta (he's the one that originally recommended the cemetery). I ended up finishing off the night reading over a couple beers at an up market hotel.

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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