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Trip Start Jul 02, 2007
Trip End Aug 03, 2007

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Pointlessly got up at 7 to finish packing only to be told the bus didn't leave til at least 9.30. I grabbed a cookie thing from the bakery for breakfast and sat by the main road outside a hotel I've forgotten the name of. Angel, a guy who worked there, came out and chatted, then helpfully flagged the bus down for me.

There was plenty of space and the people were friendly. A couple of other travellers in the back, but I sat at the front near the door for the draft. It was fun and comfortable - really good to get back to the kind of travel I normally do. I hung my arm out the window in the breeze until I finally twigged what the occasional splashes were - the guy in the cab spitting out the window. Mmm. With the bus being higher than the jeep, the views over the side of the road were pretty hairy.

Tabo is further down the Spiti Valley than Pin, so we travelled back the way we'd come yesterday until we passed the turn off to Pin. The travellers got off there. Unless they have arranged something, which I doubt, they are going to be very lucky to flag down a lift to hitch with. It's a long, dry, hot walk up the Pin Valley. Good luck to them!

At Kaza - which has a pretty spectacular setting - I found a room. A little more than I would like, but nice with a balcony thing. I busied myself doing laundry and trying to find a clinic. I found one and was able to explain to the lady there that I didn't need a consultation, just some more metronidazole. God bless the system here that lets you just walk into a clinic and walk out with antibiotics for 30 rupees!

Then I found an internet cafe to transfer my photos to my pen drive, at least until the power went off. I wandered around and ended up bumping into the gang! Treated myself to some more savlon for my blister and some moisturising cream.

Spent the afternoon sitting on the bed in one of the neighbouring rooms, talking to two Indian girls working for an NGO.
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