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Inflating the Couch Before the Mcleodganj Nightmare
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Inflating the Couch Before the Mcleodganj Nightmare

Jennifer blows up the inflatable couch to make the Naddi Village vacation rental tolerable. It was a nice thought. Unfortunately, even inflatable furnishings couldn't make that place habitable.Related Posts:Worst Vacation Rental Experience Ever: Moldy Mattresses in the Himalayan Mountains -- By Jennifer Shipp ...
Jennifer Talks about Singing Bowls in India
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Jennifer Talks about Singing Bowls in India

In this video, Jennifer talks about her experience with the singing bowls in Mcleodganj and why she decided not to buy one.Related Posts:Mcleodganj: How to Use a Singing Bowl (video)

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Parade Near Dharamshala
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Parade Near Dharamshala

On our way down the mountain from Nadi Village and McLeod Ganj to Dharmsala, we saw this Indian parade of students from a local school. The taxi driver said they were chanting, "India". I'm not sure what the purpose was of this parade or where the students were going, but it was entertaining to watch them pass by while we were stuck in traffic near Dharmsala.Related Posts:The Dharamsala Airport ...
Bag Pipes Somewhere Between McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala
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Bag Pipes Somewhere Between McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala

Bag pipe players? In India?...As we ride down the mountain from Nadi Village near McLeod Ganj to Kangra Airport in Dharamsala, we capture some bag pipe players on a basketball court. Who knows why they're there or why they're playing bag pipes. This is India...one of the most interesting and least logical places on earth!Related Posts:The Dharmsala Airport ExperienceBetween McLeod Ganj and ...
Mcleodganj: Lydi Plays Drums with Drum Salesman, Part II
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Mcleodganj: Lydi Plays Drums with Drum Salesman, Part II

Lydian went back several days in a row to play with the drum salesman on the street leading to the Dalai Lama Temple in Mcleodganj. He was friendly, but not pushy. So we bought a couple of drums from him. The drums were affordable and lightweight, perfect for travel. ...
Mcleodganj: Lydi Plays Drums with Drum Salesman
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Mcleodganj: Lydi Plays Drums with Drum Salesman

We went back on several different days for Lydian and John to do some drumming in Mcleodganj. In the end, we bought two drums from the drum salesman, even though it was pretty hard to carry them from India to Japan and onward back to the United States. ...
Monkeys in Dharamsala
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Monkeys in Dharamsala

On our many rickshaw rides through the mountains near McLeod Ganj, we'd see the shadowy figures of monkeys near trash cans and wherever they thought they could find food. It wasn't until we made it down the mountain, out of the cloud forest on our way to the airport that I finally captured this footage of the monkeys gathered along the roadsides. In India, it's against the law to kill a cow, even by ...
Worst Vacation Rental Experience Ever: Moldy Mattresses in the Himalayan Mountains — By Jennifer Shipp
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Worst Vacation Rental Experience Ever: Moldy Mattresses in the Himalayan Mountains — By Jennifer Shipp

John found out the morning of our flight to Dharamsala (also spelled Dharamshala) that our vacation rental consisted of 2 ROOMS, not 2 bedrooms. John didn’t mention this to me until we got to the rental, which was probably for the best. It was better that I was relaxed and hopeful when we got in the taxi to go up the hill from Dharamsala, through McLeod Ganj to the tiny village where we’d be staying: Naddi ...
Spiritual and Technological Epiphanies in the Himalayas — By Jennifer Shipp
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Spiritual and Technological Epiphanies in the Himalayas — By Jennifer Shipp

Technologically speaking, this trip to India has been a disaster. Our Internet has been non-existent for more than two weeks now and about 7 days ago, my computer starting “acting up”. First, it refused to turn on. John, the computer whisperer, starting working with it, gently at first, pushing buttons and talking to it softly in the dim light of his own computer monitor, studying a forum filled with advice ...
A Cold Pile of Rocks and Dung — By Jennifer Shipp
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A Cold Pile of Rocks and Dung — By Jennifer Shipp

We visited northern India two years ago in 2014, when the Ebola epidemic was in full-swing and terrorist threats were plastered all across the Delhi news. We’d spent 30 days in Nepal when we made our way back through Varanasi and Delhi over the course of about 9 days. It was one of the most difficult trips we’d ever done in part because we’d gotten rabies shots in Nepal, which left us tired and weak, and ...
A Perfect Life: The Virtues of Poverty — By Jennifer Shipp
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A Perfect Life: The Virtues of Poverty — By Jennifer Shipp

In 2002, we were so poor, there was a time when we couldn’t afford to buy eggs and John had to bum change off a guy who was almost as poor as we were to buy gas to get home from John’s newspaper route (he had 2 of them at the time). That was in the first few months post-9/11. Our business had gone belly-up. Work prospects had dried up. I was pregnant at the time. And we’d just bought our first house along ...
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