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Wednesday, February 7, 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

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

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1399
Linear Dist: 270928
Countries Visited: 74
Regions Visited: 278
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Hotels: 537
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 88
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4524
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Journal Entry:
Woke up feeling tired but healthy. I spent the morning ad early afternoon running errands. I went by the tailor but my pants weren't ready (I had him put zippers on the front cargo pockets). I finished getting my gear together for the post office. There was only one person in front of me, so it only took an hour to send a small parcel home. It's amazing the amount of effort that they put in to it - the box cut down to exactly the right size, then a linen wrapping was sewn together around it (very nice stitching), then the seams were all sealed with melted wax and a stamp! Then started the paperwork and stamps and...

Well when I escaped I was ready for some outdoor time. I headed for the old English cemetery which I'd heard was fascinating. I thought I knew how to get there, but an hour later I pulled out my guide book and realized I'd been going the exact opposite direction! It took me an hour more to walk back and by then I was feeling a little off again so I decided not to go. I went book shopping again. I really didn't need any more books, but I found a place that would exchange books so I figured it was better to have unread books than deadweight. Then I picked up my pants - they were perfect, now the pockets won't fall open when I have stuff in them. I decided to wander around the neighborhood one more time - I visited the puzzle man (and bought two more - for a total of twenty-seven! The other twenty-five got sent home already), walked around, and checked the internet. I went back to the hotel and decided I need to shave - it's been a week. I asked at the front desk for a bucket of hot water. A few minutes later they brought be a coil to put in my bucket. Like a giant version of the tea cup water heaters. Electricity and water - it can't be safe, but it worked great. I started in on the packing, there's plenty of room now, but I've got to figure out how I want it organized (and what to do with eight extra books!) Somehow in all my excitement to find stuff to send home last night I put aside the things that I was sending the package for! It's just cables and bit's and pieces from my digital camera or the stuff I just bought, but still it was the whole reason for sending a package.

I arranged for a three AM taxi to the airport and then went to my favorite restaurant for my favorite dinner - again (chicken tikka masala, garlic cheese nan, and an orange lassie). Back at the room I finished packing around midnight and tried to get some sleep - that two thirty alarm was going to be brutal.


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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