SUMMARIES about our TRAVELS April 2001 to April 2002.

Contents

1. Countries visited (with dates)
2. Quaker Meetings attended
3. Quaker Centres, Guest Houses and other institutions visited
4. Quaker hosts
5. SERVAS hosts
6. Other people we visited or met.
7. Our report to Monthly Meeting
8. Article for "Globetrotter" Magazine
9. Summarized Journal

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1. Countries visited (Local date of arrival unless stated otherwise)

17/4/01

Left London Heathrow

18/4/01

Brazil

1/5

Peru

24/5

Bolivia

11/6

Costa Rica (Visited Panama)

30/6

Nicaragua

8/7

Honduras

15/7

Guatemala

30/7

USA

4/9

Canada

27/9

USA (Hawaii)

27/9

Tonga

12/10

New Zealand

19/10

Australia

5/11

Thailand

27/11/01

India

1/3/02

Singapore

5/3

China

11/3?

Mongolia

1 /4

Russia (Siberia, Moscow, St Petersberg)

12/4

Sweden (via Poland!)

17/4/02

Returned to London H.R.


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QUAKER MEETINGS ATTENDED

 

Arequipa

Peru

 

La Paz

Bolivia

 

Coroico

Bolivia

 

Monteverde

Costa Rica

 

San Jose

Costa Rica

 

Managua

Nicuragua (Convened by us)

 

Guatemala City

Guatemala

 

Orlando

Florida, USA

 

Baton Rouge,

LA

 

Santa Fe,

NM

 

Inland Valley,

CA

 

?

CA

 

Victoria, BC

Canada

 

North Shore, Aukland

NZ

 

Sydney

Australia

 

Canberra

 
 

Melbourne

 
 

Bangkok

Thailand (Arranged by us)

 

Nakhon Ratshasima,

Thail ( ditto )

 

Delhi

India

 

Singapore

 
 

Moscow

Russia

 

Stockholm

Sweden


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QUAKER CENTRES VISITED.

PEACE CENTER, SAN JOSE

MONTEVERDE INSTITUTE

GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY, Oregan, USA


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QUAKER GUEST HOUSES/Sojourner’s flats

San Jose, Orlando, Sydney, Honolulu, Aukland, Stockholm.

 

QUAKER HOSTS WITH WHOM WE STAYED

 

Jo Rienmiller,

Suburb of San Jose, Costa Rica

 

Diego Low (2 places)

suburb of San Jose and ?? , Carib. Coast, Costa Rica

 

Escoba family (Napoleon and Clottilde),

suburb of San Jose

 

JanesO'Sheilds & Bill Hayner

Riverside, CA

     
 

Ernest and Murray Lauser

Los Ossos, CA

 

Phoebe and Philip McDermid

Thames?, Coromandel Peninsular, NZ

 

Cathy and Barry Davies,

Waroonga, Sydney

 

Katherine Purnell and Glynne,

Canberra

 

James Nevein,

Melbourne

 

Anne Backus,

Singapore


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SERVAS HOSTS WITH WHOM WE STAYED

 

Maria Manrique Lara

Lima, Peru

 

Mercado brothers (Jorge and Ludwig)

Arequipa, Peru

 

Adolf Marocho

Cusco, Peru

 

Alma Munez

Tela, Honduras

 

Scotty Schell

Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Donna and David

New Orleans

 

Lynne Lazelle

Santa Fe, NM

 

Christine Scothern

Waiki, NZ

 

? Host family of 5

Moscow

 

Vladmir ? (day host)

St Pete

     
 

?

Stockholm

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OTHER HOSTS (FAMILY and FRIENDS)

 

Louis Baum and Liz Calder

Casa Azul, Parachy, San Paulo, Brasil

 

Christine ?,

Antigua, Guatemala

 

April & Meph Snelgrove,

Baton Rouge

 

Nancy and Previn Mistry

San Fransisco

 

Francoise and Alvin,

San Fransisco

 

Susan Asthill and ?

Sydney, BC

 

Christopher Petter and Linda

Victoria, BC

 

Marion and Jim Massey,

Houston, BC

 

Rev Moon Soo Park (& Sun)

nr Chang Mai, Thailand

 

Karol Kamenka

?, Thailand

  Kamla Sawhney Sohna, Haryana, India
 

Yang family,

Beijing, China

 

5 families in gers

Gobi Desert, Mongolia

 

? family (in ger)

nr Ulaan Baatur, Mongolia

 

Sasha

Kolona, nr Moscow.

 

Ekaterina,

St Petersberg

 

6. Others people we visited or met.

Country

Towns, Name(s),

notes

Brazil

nr Paraty: Luis Gatti ("Tatu") - manager/agent at Paraty, Benedita - cook, Anilton - groundsman

Carlos de Mello ~(public Pros we met in Rio.)

 

Peru

 

Miraflores, nr Lima: Maria

Nasca: Paul & Mary Cotterill

Arequipa: Mercado family

Ken Comfort (@hotmail.com) & Tania & Katy

Cusco: Marocho family

Mattu Pichu: Frank and Daniella (again)

Others: Michelle Herrell (prisoner?); Catherine Somers & Fransesca, Rene Wolf, Ben & Nadia, Nick and Camilla (at Puerto M.) Simon & Cat, (?Bol.)

 

Bolivia

La PaZ: Clarksons: Gerry, Kerri, & 2 dau.

Coroico: Sigrid, Sean, Maria.

In class: Sonya, Juanna, Jenny

 

Costa Rica

Jo, Diego,

At Ridgeway: Marthe (Sec), Flor, "France - Dutch cchap,

Monteverde: Wilfred) & Lucky Guidon, Nat Scrimshaw (Dir of Mv Inst.), Steve Abbot (barefoot engineer) and Andrea Monks/Marks +Chris, Cary, Kevin;

Paul Englander (Childrens Forest)

Back in S.J.: Napoleon Escobar and family plus Martin volkmann, Jean Paterson, Patricia Sanchez, Illeanna Matamoros

Matthew Shizard Chiro, raz

plus several campaigners see my blk bk, Susannah Candless, Carlos Chacon, Herman Hermosilla, Rev Henrique de la O, Daniel Guiterez, Linda Yanz, Emil Yossel, Carlos & Ruth Rogas, Erlinda Quesada, Isabel MacDonald

 

Nicaragua

Omatepe: Judith Mogono (black German)

 

Honduras

Tela: Alma Munez,

 

Guatemala

Christie Le Vernoy

 

USA

Naples, FL: Leslie Waller & Pat,

Orlando, FL: Cathy Gaskill, Martha Morris, Vickie and bill Carlie, Paul Davis, Mary and Dean Engstrom,

Pensacola FL: Bob Allenson & Margaret

N.O.: Donna & David

Baton Rouge: April Snelgrove, Meph, Ashley, Rose.

Little rock: Scotty Schell

Santa Fe: Lynne Lazelle

Riverside CA (nr Los Angeles): Jane and Bill,

Big Sur: Cynthia Bianchetti

Walnut Creek: Nancy Gorman and Previn Mistry

Moraga: Francoise (nee Petter) & Alvin Buchignani

Los Osos: Murry and Ernest Lauser

Florence CA: Jean Kemball b

 

Canada

Petter: Lisl & Gordon, Chris & Linda, Andrew & Maureen,

Susan Astill & John Marko, Marion & Jim Massey

 

Hawaii,USA

Verve & Shirley Bechill

 

Tonga

Tony, Tony, & Cassy; Asa, Kiloni, Agnes.

 

New Zealand

Aukland: John Goody & Alan Shapley, Linley and Clare Gregory, Laura & Margaret

Thames: Phoebe & Philip McDermit

Waiki: Christine Scothern

 

Australia

Sydney: Waroonga: Cathy & Barry Davies

Canberra: Katherine & Glynne Purnell

Melbourne: James Nevein, Frances Nall. Bev Plozin

 

Thailand

Rev Moon Soo Park (&wife Sun)

Don Beckerman, Karol Kamanka

 

India

Delhi: Hari Khurana, Tara Chand Mor, Dilwas Chetsinghh,

Haryana: Kamla Sawhney, Rattan Singh, Deepak

Train: Gordon Parker; Cochin: O.M. Sri Atmachaitanya

Mysore: Hilary Blume; Shantivanam: Fr George, Fr Augustine, John Martin, Bros Paul, Hentry, John-Roger, Sis Sara, Stephenie, Olibia, Marie Therese, Agenes Arun.

Tiru:

Pondicherry:/Auroville: Mary Aldridge, Joss & Aita (?Raita?) Brooks; Chennai: Paul Henry;

Chandanagar, etc: Vishnavat ("Vishy") Singh-Roy + family

Orissa: Chamistry, West Bengal (BATCHA) Mr Banyo

Daramshala (CTT): Kshama Metre, Anap & bro

 

Singapore

Anne Bachus, Others:

 

China

David Jacobson, son Ian, wife Yang Zhi, Pa: Yang Xian Yi.

 

Mongolia

Nassau, Inke, Maria & Agneat, Tsog,

Train: Andrew & Liz, Melissa,

 

Russia

Moscow: Mikhail &Ina, , parents: Marieta & Anatol, kds: Susannah & Rita. Lydia (Servas co-ord)

MfW: Misha, Sasha, Galina, Patricia Cockcroft.

St Petersberg: Vladmir & Olga, dau Lisa. Ekaterline & Svetlana. Rita. Peter Dyson (composer), Yelena (teacher)

 

Sweden

Jerry Lanz.

Margerita Kenny (?McKenna) & Gerhart, Julia Ryberg

 
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7. Our report to Monthly Meeting

Travelling Among Friends Around the World.

Report to Westminster Monthly Meeting, by Jennifer Kavanagh and Stephen Petter.

Before we left on our journey people asked first "Where are you going?", then one or two asked "What for?" A good question. Before we left I wrote in my journal:

To gain a new perspective, from seeing how life is in developing countries, away from the spoilt affluence of this insular part of the world; to learn to be less busy, to respond to the spirit, to be more spontaneous; to be useful, humble, learning and contributing; to try to live in the present and respond to the needs that present themselves. It will change us: who knows how?

We had several more specific aims. One was to visit Meetings and Friends, especially isolated ones. Another was to visit friends and relations and of course a third was simply to travel, meet people, see interesting places, have memorable experiences and generally to broaden ourselves.

We left on 18th April 2001 and visited 19 countries: Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, southern and western regions of the United States, British Columbia in Canada, Hawaii, Tonga, New Zealand, eastern Australia, Thailand, India for three months, Singapore, Beijing in China, Mongolia, Russia including Siberia, and Sweden, returning to England on 17 April 2002, exactly a year after our departure.

We stayed overnight with Friends 9 times, a total of 31 nights, and in Friends’ sojourners’ accommodation or guest houses six times. We attended 22 different Meetings, and visited three Quaker Centres (San Jose, Managua and Moscow), also a Quaker camp, a Quaker University, and a Quaker institute. We gave talks followed by discussions eight times and of course had many conversations, often quite deep. On several occasions Meetings for Worship that would not otherwise have taken place were organised because of our visit, most often because small groups had ceased to meet regularly. On several occasions we held meetings for worship attended only by the two of us. We visited four prisoners in Lima and Bangkok. We offered ourselves for voluntary work and were as it were used in 6 places round the world.

Our Monthly Meeting Travelling Minute was endorsed in Arequipa, La Paz, Coroico, Monteverde, San Jose, Orlando, Baton Rouge, Santa Fe, North Shore CA, Inland Valley CA, Victoria BC, Honolulu, Canberra, Melbourne, Delhi, Moscow and Stockholm.

In addition to the Quaker guest houses, in India we stayed in a Buddhist guest house (next to the room reserved for the Dalai Lama) and five ashrams. In Thailand Jennifer spent four nights in a Buddhist monastery and Stephen spent two nights in a Korean-run Christian Evangelical mission. At some of these we stayed long enough to settle into the mainly silent spiritual and religious routine, giving time for meditation, prayer, reading, and contemplative walking.

Before leaving we had joined an organisation called Servas. Founded by a Quaker to facilitate international understanding, Servas supplies lists of people willing to provide accommodation to like-minded travellers. We stayed with 12 Servas hosts, and these visits together with those to Quakers were amongst the richest spiritually.

To complete the record of our overnight accommodation, we also stayed with friends and relations on many occasions, and camped under the stars four times. Otherwise we usually stayed in just about the cheapest hotels of the type known as back-packers’ hostels, or motels. Our most extraordinary accommodation was six nights in gers, circular tents with walls of thick felt used by nomadic herdsmen in Mongolia. We also spent many wearisome nights in trains and buses.

We had round-the-world airline tickets but we travelled within south and Central America by bus, across north America by car, which we bought in Florida and sold in British Columbia, and across Asia in the trans-Mongolian and trans-Siberian trains.

In two places the work we did was teaching English. In a school not far from Delhi our presence allowed the teachers to have periods off while we presented the pupils with a fresh approach to learning. In Bolivia we found the Quaker school about which we had been informed had closed down through lack of funds. With the permission of the Quaker caretakers we put up notices in the town to the effect that free English lessons were available and we had two thriving classes for two weeks. Other work one or the other of us did was in a charity hospital children’s ward in Guatemala, in a slum kindergarten in India, and on a watershed management project.

Some meetings asked us just to talk about our travels, but others wanted something more substantial. For them we gave a talk entitled ‘Are Quakers primarily Christians, Mystics, or Social Activists?’. In addition Jennifer gave talks on micro-credit both to Quaker and to non-Quaker groups. It seems that in three places (Victoria, Melbourne and Ulaan Batar) her talk resulted in moves to start microcredit projects.

Although we were not primarily sightseeing we did visit some magnificent places, for instance Maya ruins, the Grand Canyon and another canyon in the Andes, Amazonian jungle, and the Gobi Desert. The five day train journey through Mongolia, Siberia and Russia was very impressive. The Indian countryside, especially as viewed from the open door of a train, in which one could stand in the cooling breeze, was fascinating in its colourful diversity. Working within sight of the Himalayas was profoundly moving.

We are often asked what our favourite place was. For serenity it was one of the islands of Tonga, where we were the only visitors amongst a population living in grass huts, eating the fish they caught and the vegetables they grew. For spiritual growth there can be no doubt that India is the most rewarding. Mongolia has rightly been called the last pristine country. Jennifer, who loves deserts, was captivated by the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, despite sub zero temperatures, continuous gales, and our experience of being trapped in a snowdrift. However, Mongolian food seemed to us the worst in the world!

We were overwhelmed by the hospitality, warmth and generosity of many Quakers and others we met. We wanted to give, but God seemed determined we should receive. Russian hosts insisted we ate their large, delicious meals (including caviar) so we sadly regained some of the weight we’d lost. We felt British attitudes to hospitality were greatly inferior to those of most of the rest of the world.

Our hope for progress in our spiritual lives was indeed realised. Both of us feel greatly enriched in that which is eternal. In India we had the time and the opportunity to read, discuss, and contemplate. We discovered the beliefs of a school of Hinduism very similar to those of Quakers, as well as their emphasis on putting their Faith into Action. We met many delightful, talented young adults who were devoting their lives to good works amongst needy peasants and refugees. Reading Quaker books now, we realise that many Quaker discoveries were in fact well known by the early Hindu and Buddhist seers. So we feel both enriched and humbled.

As to what we are to do next, we are trying to live more simply. Jennifer has become vegetarian. We are waiting for leadings as to what is required of us.

Stephen adds, "I had two powerful spiritual openings. While staying at the Bede Griffiths ashram in southern India, a Benedictine establishment, my reading, meditation and journalling resulted in a profound and joyous opening to do with the sense of the immediacy of God. I was so deeply moved I felt a need to undergo a physical ritual. So, alone, I went to the nearby river and immersed myself in its cool, limpid waters, to signify a transition from one life to another. Another deeply moving occasion occurred in Beijing. There I met, by chance it seemed, someone who knew and admired my biological father, about whom I knew little, and found that he had been a brave man of principle and something of a national hero."

For Jennifer too the people we met formed a significant part of her spiritual journey. She says: "Along the way were so many kindred spirits; women in particular who were in the same place or for whom we arrived at the right time – Quakers and others. One such was a Tongan woman, a Methodist thoroughly involved in the administration of her church. In a half hour rest at our Tongan "camp" she revealed a spiritual hunger that I was able to recognise. Aware of her own need for silence, she was deeply affected by hearing of our Quaker sharing of that silence.

"I was disappointed by my dryness in overtly spiritual places – ashrams where a commitment to regular worship was expected. I realised that I was resisting "times and places" and found myself opening passionately to the wildlife and the elemental landscapes – the vastness of mountains in South America, the desert in Mongolia, jungle in Peru, as well as the ever-changing beauty of India. I think my own need for peace has grown; I’m in a different place now, though the changes that the journey has made to both of us will only show up gradually. And then we will know how to proceed with the rest of our lives."

Jennifer and Stephen, 15/5/2002

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8. Article for "Globetrotter" Magazine

MIDDLE AGED Round The World

My then partner and I (aged 55 and 65) went round the world for 12 months to April 2002. She has written a book on it and is looking for a publisher, I went to internet cafes to maintain a long journal. So rather than travellers' tales here are some notes on how we did it.

The RTW deal was from Star Alliance, giving us 12 months, 15 stops and 39000 miles. A couple of times when in dispute with an airline the Alliance link was useful. Their miles include overland legs which seems unfair but it is still good value. They allow back-tracking which we needed for India to China. We flew to Brasil for two lazy weeks to get over the strain of preparations, then to Lima. We took buses round Peru and despite being told it was impossible found a cheap way to Matthu Pichu. (Don't have time to check spellings. You'll know what I mean.) Three-day trips to Colka Canyon and to the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Bus and boat (aided by the Bolivian Navy!) to cold La Paz then bus on 'the most dangerous road in the world' to lovely Coroica. Flew to Costa Rica which seemed obscenely wealthy and American! But we had a wonderful time there - eco-tourism on the Carribean coast, and I wrote a report on working conditions on the banana plantations. Then buses through sad Nicaragua, tough Honduras (staying with the Garifuni) and Guatemala with its obscene contrast of wealth and poverty. We were in luxury after three months of back packers' hotels and crowded but fascinating bus journeys - we avoid 'luxury' or 'tourist' buses. Then we bought a car in Florida and eventually sold it in British Columbia. (One could write a book on each leg of the journey.) This was not as easy as it sounds - big problems with driver's licence and insurance. But surmountable. Boat and bus to Houston BC. Strange coming back to sophistication a few days after 9/11, a different world. Hawaii then fabulous Tonga. Real bliss as the only visitors on an idyllic island, and time to think. Here my partner discovered the magic of snorkelling. NZ was surprisingly far nicer than expected, Sydney also amazes. We were kept busy there and in Canberra and Melbourne giving talks. Thailand which my partner hated, but we made lasting friends there, one a prisoner not half way through 25 years for drugs. Dont even think about it! Interesting to contrast the type of tourists here with those in S America. Almost a different breed. So to the jewel, three months in India lived up to all my hopes and dreams. A stop-over in steamy sophisticated Singapore (the night time zoo worth a visit) thence to Beijing, and onto the trans-Asia train with stops including three weeks in Mongolia, Siberia (Lake Baikal), Moscow and glorious St Petersberg. Stockholm was refreshing and spring time in England utterly delightful.

Total cost not calculated, but less than the rent we got on our London homes. We ate local workers' food. We often stayed in people's homes - fellow-Quakers, a hosting organisation, far flung family and friends. Otherwise in the better rooms in cheap hotels. Motels (except some on Route 66) have no character but are great value. Or ashrams.

The only problematic visa was that for Russia, though others such as India and China needed some care. I was surprised to find one of the most irksome problems was using public telephones - one needs to see if mobiles can be adapted cheaply in each region. Only disappointments: despite three weeks in most places we usually seemed to be in a hurry, and sadly my slides turned out bad.

Essentials include up-to-date Guides, both Visa and Mastercard (and some areas only take Maestro), insect repellent and anti-itch cream, and a hat if you are bald like me. I had to have scalp cancer treatment on return. I was supplied with and shown how to use self catheterisation by UCH. Never had to do it but without it I would not have dared go to Tonga, or deep into the Gobi. Medically we had very few problems, tummy bug twice, and chest complaints in the Andes. I got shingles when in Thailand but was easily able to get powerful drugs (for £50 - a fortune) which knocked it out. But we had quite a few muscular strains and joint problems from lugging our packs (and from 3 days meditating cross legged in a Buddhist temple!) We both had Karrimor wheeled rucksacks and seldom had to hump them.

My advice - just DO IT! Don't worry about food and accommodation and robbery. Ignore travel mags and ads. They make it scary so you'll use their expensive services. Just GO!.

More details on the web site (www.geocities.com/jkandsp), but sad I don't have time and space to mention our lovely hosts and the travellers and locals we met.

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BRIEF (SUMMARISED) JOURNAL of our TRAVELS April 2001 to April 2002.

(Content Updated 26/3/03)

For full details see Journal. (Suggestion: note the date)

Type of Accommodation:

PF Private or Family;

H Hotel, Guest house or Motel;

QGH Quaker GH or Sojourners Apartment;

S Servas host;

US Under stars,

Mode of Travel:

P Plane;

T Train;

B Bus.

C Car

Bo Boat

Hrs = Hours of travel, inc/or o/n: overnight.

INDEX (Local date of arrival unless stated otherwise)

17/4/01

Left London Heathrow

18/4/01

Brazil

1/5/01

Peru

24/5/01

Bolivia

11/6/01

Costa Rica (Visited Panama)

30/6/01

Nicaragua

8/7/01

Honduras

15/7/01

Guatemala

30/7/01

USA

4/9/01

Canada

27/9/01

USA (Hawaii)

27/9/01

Tonga

12/10/01

New Zealand

19/10/01

Australia

5/11/01

Thailand

27/11/01

India

1/3/02

Singapore

5/3/02

China

11/3/02

Mongolia

1 /4/02

Russia (Siberia, Moscow, St Petersberg)

12/4/02

Sweden (via Poland!)

17/4/02

Returned to London H.R.

 

Date of

Depart

Date

Arriv-ed

M

o

d

e

Hrs

To

Accom

Nights

Notes

18/4

2200

19/4

P

o/n

Rio de J. Brasil

 

1

via San Paulo! VARIG

19/4

 

B

4

Paraty,

PF

10

Sitio Casa Azul. Bernadetta.

23/4

           

Boat trip round bay

29/4

 

B

4

Copacabana,

H

2

Hotel Anton, near beach

30/4

           

Boat trip to island

1/5

 

P

5?

Lima, Peru

S

3

Arr c 2300: First Servas: Maria de la ?, in Milleflores

4/5

           

Prison visit

5/5

 

B

7

Nazca, Peru

H

2

 

6/5

 

P!

       

Small sickmaking plane over Nasca lines; visit gold mine and graves

7/5

 

     

Visit N. lines on foot/bus. Swam at grand hotel (strained shoulder)

7/5

8/5

B

o/n

Arequipa

S

2

Arrived v early in day. Problem finding hosts. Roof top rooms. Mercado bros, Joge & Ludwig. Felt ill.

10/5

My

b'day

     

ditto

H

4?

Moved to self catering hotel La Casona de Jerusalen. Joge (Dr) visit. Lap Laz clip from JK; emails Jim and Margaret.

11/5

 

B

5?

Chivay (nr Colka)

H

1

2 day trip to Colca Canyon and hot springs

12/5

 

B

"

Arequipa

H

3

Back to La Casona

13/5

Sun

           

Went to (JK's first) Evangelical Friends. Party at Macardos.

15/5

 

B

5hr?

Cusco

S

2

Servas family: Adolf, wife and 2 children

17

 

B T

 

Agua Caliente

H

1

Base for Mattu Pichu.

18

     

Machu Pichu

Early bus up to M.P. Hike down.

18/5

 

TB

 

Cusco

S

1

Back to Adolfo's.

19/5

 

P

2hr

Puerto Maldonado

‘H’

4

Plane to tiny airport, amazing bus, long-boat for c 1hr, to Jungle Eco-lodge. Several great hikes and boat rides

21/5

 

P

"

Cusco

S

 

Adolfo again. With dau to "Sexy Woman"

tunnel. Took family to Restaurant

22/5

 

B

3?

Puno

H

2

 

23/5

           

Day trip with Comfort family (Ken, Tanya, & Katy) to Aymara (Ruben Chura) Indian lakeside settlements.

Punting on L. Titicaca

24/5

 

B,B

10hr?

Copacabana Bolivia

H

1

Bus inc holdup demonstration, and bad weather holds up boat crossing L Titicaca crossing. Pedalo taxi. Walked across border.

25/5

 

B

3hr

La Paz

H

2

Hotel Milton

27/5

           

2nd Evangelical Friends Service.

28/5

 

B

5?

Coroica

H

1

"Most dangerous road in the world" across Andes

Stayed overnight in hotel on Plaza

29/5

     

ditto

H

10

Xfer to Sol y Luna, lovely 3 wall cabin

Started and taught school.

9/6

 

B

"

La Paz

H

2

Hotel Milton. Carnival.

11/6

 

P

 

San Jose, Costa Rica

S

2

Early start. J sick.

Jo Reinmiller, Quaker and Servas

12/6

 

B

       

Into S.J. sought Peace Center. Met Diego Low. Went to chiropractor re shoulder.

13/6

 

B

 

ditto

QGH

3

Ridgeway House, Quaker Peace Center

16/6

 

B

7

Monteverde

H

6

Slow v bumpy bus. Hotel Manakin. Quakers, Cloud forest

17/5

Sun

           

1st unprog MfW

18/5

           

Helped in Fr Library.

19/5

           

Visit Cloud forest Reserve.

20/5

           

We gave talk at MV Institute.

21/5. Eco-farm. Supper at Steve &Andrea's

22/5 Butterfly farm, seminar on conservation.

23/6

 

B

"

suburb of S.J.

S

2

Napoleon Escobar, Q and S. Also Clotilde, dau., Martin

24/5

Sun

           

V good MfW in S.J. then shared lunch.

25/6

 

car

3h?

Punta Uva, (Carib coast)

PF

3

With Diego Low to stay in his friend’s house on beach, Carib. coast, visit campaigners, banana stations, etc

             

26/5: Visit Sixaola, Rev H. de la O!

Crossed into Panama. Visit packing sta.

Met TU chap

27/6: Swim in Carib.

Visit Puerto Limon to see anti oil well campaigner. Ate out at remote carib rest. R

28/6

 

car

"

S.J.

PF

2

Back roads due to floods, demo blocked main road, visit Erlinda, stayed at Diego’s house

29/5 SJ in am. Illeanna's party all p.m.

30/6

 

B

 

Managua Nicaragua

H

1

Got up at 0300 for bus. Stayed in Hotel Jardin Italiano. Rain! Dreary city. I gutted by heat and bites.

               
             

Sl confused…

1/7

Sun

 

B

 

Grenada or Altagracia

H

 

No MfW. In p.m. saw violence in bus sta.

Nice hotel and town Sq. Saw man belt crippled son.

2/7

 

Boat

5

Omatepe Is

H

1

Tripe brkfst. Walk to/in shore park. Took Boat c 1300. After boat, open truck ‘taxi’ to hotel Castillo.

3/7

 

B

2

"

‘H’

3

Finca Magdalene Co-op, nr Balgues.

5/7: Walk to village; swim in lake; find Petter engine in use.

6/7

 

BB

 

Managua, Nicaragua

QGH

1

Bus boat bus to M. Went back to get bags, decided stay, met yanks, (not Quakers!)

7/7

 

B

 

Leon, Nic

H

1

in a.m. gave lecture. Then bus to Leon.

Sandanista demo. Pizza supper watched by starvlings. Back at 9.30 - locked out!

8/7

 

B

 

St Marco de Colon, Honduras.

H

1

Hot difficult border crossing. Prob w cycle-taxis. Weird religious hotel in strange town, disturbed by vigilante.

9/7

 

b

 

Tela

S

2

Early bus. Rush to get cash in Tegulcigulpa. Left bags on Tela bus! Servas host Alma Monez, in fact Boarding house Sara. Walked and swam. Visit Garufini town T de la C.

11/7

 

b

1

Triomf de la Cruz

H

3

Beach hut, Garifuni people.
12/7 had to go to town ring Guy.
13/7Day trip on speedboat. Snorkeling.

14/7

 

B

 

Omoa, Honduras

H

1

By bus, train not running. Accosted thief in bus. Swiss chap (Rolli)’s hotel, hammocks. Had swim in warm dirty sea, and gash fish meal.

15/7

 

Bs

12hr?

Antigua, Guatemala.

PF

14

Worst travelling day of whole trip. Cheated by customs. Terrible buses and collectivos. Two breakdowns. Arrived v late by taxi at Christine’s. 14 days luxury.

I spent much time on journal, leaving JK with her Ma, dau, and cousin. Lovely town.

22/7

Sun

 

B

       

To MfW in Guat City. Met Miriam.

29/7

           

I attended ecumenical service at Lutheran church, met Quaker.

30/7

 

P

 

Naples, via Miami, FL

H

2

Hired car in MIA. Visiting friends (Lesley and Pat Waller) in Naples. Stayed at Holiday Inn (v cheap rate - rebuilding, crap brkfsts. Nice (unauth) swimming.

31/7 Posh lunch and dinner w hosts.

1/8

 

car

 

Orlando via St Petersberg

QGH

6

or

8

Went to Dali Gallery. In Orlando we were guests of Orlando Meeting. Cathy Davis.

2/8 Paul Davis to supper

3/8 Posh lunch w Dean and Mary Engstrom and Martha Morris.

4/8 eve: failed to find jazz place in Buena Vista Village

5/8 Sun MfW and gave talk. Went to Wekieva. Capsized in alligator infested R. Badly bitten (NOT by alligs!) Looked at 251 Sandlewood.

7/8 Collected car, returned hire car after search, nice bus ride,

7/8?

 

car

4hr?

Ocala?

Motel

1

Nice send-off c 1800. (Forgot insurance inspection). Florida's Turnpike.

Our 1st night in a Motel.

8/8?

 

c

6?

Pensacola, FL

Motel

1

via Bob Allenson’s (& Dorothy).

Knights Inn Motel.

9/8

 

c

5?

New Orleans, MISS.

S

1

via Mobile AL, (visit met DARs) Servas hosts David and Donna.

10/8

   

0

"

H

1

Had to xfer to odd hotel.

While in N.O. we went to 2+ jazz places inc v trad Preservation Hall. I went to D-Day museum.

11/8

 

c

 

Baton Rouge LA.

PF

1

Fab brkfst, drive, Maters,

Alice Snelgrove and Meph. Blues bar.

               

12/8

 

c

 

New Providence, LA

Motel

1

MfW with April s. then forest route to NP. Scary search for Motel. Crap supper.

In a.m. visit cotton mus.

13/8

 

c

 

Little Rock, AK

S

1

Scotty Scholl, super home in woods, w lake

14/8

 

c

 

Tahlaquah, OK

H

2

Cherokee town. Good pool. Int visits

16/8

 

c

 

McNeal, TX

H

1

Route 66. C&W music in restaurant.

17/8

 

c

 

Santa Fe, NM

S

3

Lynne Lazelle.

19/8

           

MfW in S.Fe. Then visit Indian Market, ate chilli with locals. Rt foot painful.

20/8

 

c

 

Cuba, NM

H

1

Had car serviced N of S Fe. Visit Ghost Ranch, hike towards Peak. No recoll Cuba Motel

21/8

 

c

 

Cibola National Forest, NM

US

1

Long hike on hot mesa, Chaco. Very rough roads. Steaks with hunters Camped in car - in bear country.

22/8

 

c

 

Sedona, AZ

H

1

Long drive via ‘painted desert’ and petrified forest and into sun. Expensive 'Lodge', looks OK but poor services.

23/8

 

c

 

Coconino Plateau (few miles S of G Canyon)

U/S

1

2 walks nr Sed. Then saw G Can briefly. Then slept on prairie (desert?). "I'm English - Ma was Scots, Pa was Irish"! .

24/8

 

c

 

Parker, AZ

H

1

Watched sunrise. Brkfst in woods. R66 v Kingham, Oatman, London Br. Swam in Colorado.

25/8

 

c

 

Riverside, CA

(or Corona)

Q

2

Straight road thru hot desert via 29 Palms (fab chef salad) then huge freeways into envs of Los A. Janes O’Sheilds and Bill Hayter.

26/8

Sun

         

Swam in pool. MfW at Inland Valley Mtg, Riverside, gave talk. In eve saw their work, Jane re crows, Viet meal. Great converse.

27/8

 

c

 

Los Osos, CA

Q

1

Terrifying L.A. freeways but glad of navigator and AAA maps, turned North at last, climate cooler, stay with Murray and Ernest Lauser, humerous artist, nice old Qs. Good eve walk nr boats.

28/8

 

c

 

Monteray, CA

H

1

Dep 2X cos JK forgot her vital filofax, N on Rte 1, coast, v beaut, stop at Ragged Pt café (JK forgot jacket), Visit Cynthia M at Big Sur. Evening in pulsating M. Problem re motel, found one in drab Seaside, CA. Mex meal

29/8

 

c

 

Walnut Creek, San Fransisco.

PF

1

Visit aquarium. Drive Stopped in fab wild bay. Missed route into S.F. so late to Nancy and Previn’s. Large BBQ supper & good talk.

30/8

 

c

 

Morago, SF, CA

PF

1

Visit SF inc G G Bridge. Walked thru park to centre, had tram ride, taxi didn’t know way back to G G Br.! Then we got lost on freeways so again late, got to Francoise and Alvin late. Great meal, converse, video of robot master son.

31/8

 

c

 

Campsite ? in N CA.

'Camp'

1

F & A ent us to brkfst out. Had brakes fixed, took till 1300, Ghastly drive (Labor Day) to beaut redwoods to ghastly campsite. Walk in dark woods.

1/9

 

c

 

nr Florence, Oregon

U/S

1

Great walk way down to river for (naked) swim. Lovely drive on The Redwood Trail. Beaut beaches. Slept by roadside after long search for OK spot

2/9

 

c

 

nr Portland?, OR

H

1

MfW with Jean, helped re library. Then drove to town with Geo Fox U

3/9

 

c

 

nr Port Angeles, WA

U/S

1

Visit Geo Fox Univ in a.m. Horrified! Drove beaut coastal road, . Fab fish supper. Slept out in Mt Olympia Nat Park under pine trees w wood fire. Light rain no prob.

4/9

 

c + ferry

 

Victoria, BC,

Canada

H

2

Brkfst on cold fish. Ferry across to Canada. Visit library, Gordon & Lisl, found Fountain Inn motel. Fab sunset.

5/9

           

Met Chris P and Linda, also G & L. Selling car. Museum. Supper party at G & Ls.

6/9

 

c

 

nr Sydney, BC

PF

8

Glum brkfst. Took L to shop. Walk in park saw kiteboarding and totem pole man. To Susan Asthill and John. Great supper. Each am walk w dogs. Internet, housework, gardening, time in nice Sydney, 9/9/ MfW in Vic w Gordon. then lunch party w Andrew and Mureen, 10/9 selling car and planning next stages,

11/9 (or ‘9/11’).12/9 we imported car, I did greek supper.

14/9

 

c

 

Victoria

PF

1

Lunch party at G&L. Handed over car took ages. Spent night at Chris & Linda’s

15/9

 

T

 

Comox and Courteney,BC

H

1

Hired car. Sorted flight to Hawaii. Visited Cathy Talbot in Kye Bay (canoed). Search for motel had to book into Hotel in Courteney. Back to Comox to visit Nora Idiens, met John. Heard much re evac to Canada.

16/9

 

B

 

Port Hardy, BC

H

1

Grumpy brkfst, Dash to The Fort, no time for Lilac Cott. Long bus ride. I had long walk out of the small town. Rough people.

17/9

 

Boat

 

Prince Rupert

H

1

Up very early. Left mobile ph at motel. Ferry up Inner Channel, rained.

18/9

 

B

 

Houston, BC

PF

3

With Marion and Jim. 19/9 went to her school. Eve: joined Jim's Bible Study. 20/9 Walk in forest. eve on 'Petters'.

21/9

 

B

 

Prince George, BC

H

1

Another fab walk in forest. Before bus. Rough M/Hotel.

22/9

 

P+P

c 24h

Honolulu

QGH

4

Plane to Vancouver, BC. Time for bus ride into town, ferry ride, nice café, then plane to Hawaii, arrive late. Left my bum-bag in BC. QGH with Verne and Shirley. MfW re terrorism. Went to Ala Moana Beach Pk, then had Korean meal. 24/9: Shopping in A.M. Center, to airport for bag, bus to Ewa Beach Park (sea too rough), 25/9: failed to get to Hanauma Bay, went to crowded mtg re terrorism, 26/9: went to Mtg for Healing, JK v affected. Took buses round the island, inc beach but rain, eve to see Hula dancing.

27/9

28/9

P

5

Cap of Tonga

   

Dep 27/9 0800, arr 28/9 1300. Lost a day - crossed Intl Date Line.

               

28/9

 

P

 

Tonga.

H

3

Toni’s GH in cap city. Went to feast and dancing show in eve.

29/9: Walked in town, harbour

30/9

Sun

B

       

Tour of island inc swim in cave.

1/10

 

P,

Bo

 

Island

H

10

Wonderful days reading (theology mags) thinking writing, walking on beaches and thru woods, swimming, snorkelling. One day dropped on desert Is.

11/10

 

Bo & P

 

Capital

H

1

Back to Toni's, had Sava? Lava? Mildly narc muddy drink. Like this place. Crisis w credit card, bank thinks I'm £18000 o/d!

12/10

 

P

 

Aukland, NZ

QGH

3

Toni took us to airport again.

In NZ like airport, good bus to QGH.

Wardens Alan Shapley and John Goodey. One from Wanstead looks, talks like U Bert. 13/10: protest march. 14/10 Sun: went to MfW at another place: Takahuna met Lawrence Carter. Foot hurting. Eve after www in Casino went to Intl Fed Women talk on work in E Timor, much moved.IFW

15/10

 

b

 

Thames, NZ

Q

1

Phil & Phoebe McDermitt. V green home. Walk in bush inc swing bridge.

16/10

 

b

 

Waiki, NZ

S

2

Tough hike. Then bus to visit Christine Scothern. 17/10: Went to Dr re sores. Walk w CS & angry JK, they went to hot spring. Had fish and chips on dark beach.

18/10

 

b

 

Aukland

QGH

1

Gave talk - did not go so well.

19/10

 

P

 

Sydney, Aus

QGH

2

Would have split but only one key!

20/10 Loved bot gardens, harbour, opera hse, etc. Concert there in eve.

21/10

Sun

t

 

Wahroonga

Q

4

After MFw we were invited to xfer to Cathy (Clerk) and Barry Davies

22/10 I went to Dr for jabs. JK gave talk on Micro Credit. 24/10 lunch in shopping mall, walk up river, saw kangaroos and emus..

               

25/10

 

b

4

Canberra

Q

4

Katherine and Glynne Purnell.

25/10:Outing to lake and botan gdn, Ecumen mtg re refugees

26/10: country tour round Canb, J&I to Parliament, ArtGal, J gave talk at FMH

27/10. Walk. Flicks in eve,

28/10 Sun early and main MfW. Indonesia Emb for tea. Took them out in eve.

29/10

 

b

c4

Melbourne

q

7

Tearful farewell. Int bus thru bush then farmland. Met by James Nevein, to Camberwell sub of Melb.

30/10 decide no re E Timor.

31/10 lunch w Bev Polzin

1/11 J gave talk to large non-Q audience.

2/11: Frances took us out to hills. We gave (NBG) talk at FMH.

3/11 To Regional Summer Camp. Led discuss. Met sad man on trail.

4/11 Sun. MfW.

4/11

5/11

on

11?

Bus to Sydney.

   

Walk to park nr Harbor and Op Hse.

5/11

 

p

8

Bangkok, Thailand

H

2

6/11 Saw golden Buddha.

7/11: I arrange prison visit she sees Emerald Temple.

8/11

 

t

10?

Chang Mai

H

1

Very noisy train. Dull country (vaste rice paddies) till near end. ‘Happy House Motel’ – dirty, noisy, sloppy.

9/11

     

ditto

H

1

Xfer to bungalow hotel.. hired bikes.

Visit wats. Hired bikes. I fell, strained.

10/11

     

ditto

H

Me 4

JK 1

Xfer to ‘Central’ Hotel. (I moved stuff by bike) J got bad knee (biking?),

Eve Market, I ordered clothes.

11/11 Row, separated for 4 days. I to Mem Service. At wat read C17 Eng lit!

12/11 Cycled to bus sta, visit Chang Dao. Great day.

13/11

 

B

3

Om Koi

qv

1

Bike,bus to Om Koi hill town. Hired bike Private accom (lettable villa).

14/11

     

Om Koi

qv

1

Good day cycling to woods. Xfer to Korean Mission house. Evening w kids and Service. Me an honored guest - concert. Weird K. food. Slept on study floor.

15/11

 

B

3

Chang Mai

H

2

Morning service, speaking in tongues. Walk thru village. Back to Central Hotel. J bt inc bad knee, worse cos been sitting X-legged for 4 days!. (Was to blight all remainder of trip.)

16/11

17/11

B

o/n

Khorat

o/n

1

Busy day, booking bus, getting India visas. Overnight 'VIP' bus had 2 blowouts.

17/11

       

P

1

Day with Karol.

18/11 Sun

 

B

 

Bangkok

H

1

MfW (K, J and me) then return BKK by crap bus. Same hotel (named???)

19/11

 

B

 

Trat

H

2

Helped by nice Brit to find good hotel, Trat Guest House. Liked the town.

20/11. No boat so day in town, posted 20 Xmas cards, sent cheq to Helen. On internet purged anti JK stuff from jnl.

21/11

 

Bo

2.5

Koh Wai Island

H

3

Owner's 4WD to (pink) boat, Beach ‘resort’, transexual waiters. V lovely spot. Didn’t do much for 3 days sauf swim, snorkel, read, short walk across island.

24/11

 

Bo tax bus

8.5

Bangkok

H

3

Boat, taxi, bus, taxi.

25/11 Sun MfW at Don's. Visit shops, saw parade, found shingles. Bad Dr.

26th. Prison visit. Good Drs. Bought exp drug.

27/11

 

P

 

New Delhi, India

H

1

Arr v late. Conned into exp hotel.

28/11

 

Taxi

 

Sohna

H

2 or 3

Kamla sent us to Govt run ‘hotel’

30?

     

"

PF

7

Moved to Kamla’s

Each day not 30, 1 we went to school in cramped bus, taught English as a team. Explored grim town. Visited 2 temples.

7/12

 

B

 

Delhi

H

4

Anoop hotel, Main Bazar. Guy joined us. Me pickpocketed.

11/12

 

T

o/n

Warangal

H

1

Train c 24 hr, W. 24, Train 24.

2nd class no a/c. NBG hotel. Ancient temple. VG supper costing 20p.

14/12

 

T

o/n

Cochin, Kerela

H

1

Fort Hotel. Sitar/tabla concert.

15/12

     

ditto

H

3

Xfer to cheaper hotel.

16/12

Sun.

   

"

H

 

Sun I walk on own

17/12

           

Trip to backwaters

18/12

 

T

7

Kanur

H

2

Govt Rest House

19/12: J & I visit Swami

20/12

     

Kanur

H

1

I on own, xfer to small hotel in town but meet J&G later on beach. J&G go overnight to B. I go e next a.m.

21

 

B

7

Bangalore

H

2

Lovely ride. Good reading. sp moved. Enjoyed solitude. NBG hotel.

22nd. GPO/Shopping/RlyTickets/Cricket

23/12

Sun

T

 

Mysore

H

5

Had to vacate at 0630!. I to Cathedral sp moved by services. Lunch (row) then train to M., v slow taxi to The Green Hotel.

24: Lovely med.

25 Bad day wrt JK.

26: I got rly tckts then went to Mus.

27: Saw Guy off then we went into country to see bird sanc.

28/12

 

T

14 o/n

Shantivanam via Trichy

Ash

13

Chat w Hillary Blume.

Lovely send-off.

Overnight train, then bus, to Sh "Bede Griffiths" Ashram. Lovely days sauf JK; read, med, rel svces, walk, hired bike, talk, visit. V G Sp.

11/1

 

BTB

6?

Pondicherry

H

2?

No seats on 3 hr train. Bus from junction. Eventually found v cheap hotel. Had missed reception at P station. Mary confused.

12th shoe inserts.

13/1

 

Taxi

 

Auroville

H

3

Sun: MfW w Mary Aldridge and Joss Brooks and Anita. Foot & Back aches. Taxi to Central GH

Bad bachache - had Bob Neal's samalin treatment. 14/15 visits to MatriMandir?

16/1

 

Taxi, B, T?

 

Tiruvannamalai

Ash

3

Med, then taxi, left bags at Elite Hot., bus to T., Ramana Ashram, good modern room, med, read, visit town, mountain cave hermitage, ,

19/1

 

B

 

Pondy

Ash

1

Back to P on noisy bus.

20/1

 

B

5?

Chennai

H

1

e brkfst in coffee hse, then MfW w Mary Aldridge (slept), nice auto-rick to bus, coast road to C., grand hotel w bad room, supper w Aust Q couple, Paul & Martin.

21/1

 

T o/n

 

Chandanagar, nr Kolkata

PF

2

Dreary train to K., met by Vishy, (Vishvanath S. Roy), train and cycle rick to his family.

23: To K for cash.

24/1

 

T o/n

 

Berhampur, Orissa

H

1

25: arr 1400, posh hotel,

26

 

Car

 

Ramagiri

in hills

GH

2

Govt Rest House. Nr HQ of ISARA

Visit SHG in village.

27: Visit another, also an evening school.

.

28

     

Tibetan area

GH

2

28: 3 villages. Bus to Tibetan refugee area. Tibetan officials’ GH next room to Dalai Lama's.

29: In Ramagiri, 2 village cultural show for us. Farewell speeches w ISARA staff.

30/1

 

car

 

Gopalpur-on-Sea, Orissa

H

1

GOS is near Berhampur.

Seaside hotel (watched cricket)

31/1

 

T

o/n

Chandanagar via Kolkata

PF

3

Visit fisher folk in beach homes. 1800 o/n trains back to K. Went to bank then Ch Vishy's family.

2nd: computer.

3/2

*

BAKCHA, mid-Napur.

‘PF’

2?

*Train to Howrah (=Kolk) then train/bus to Nimtosh then mo'bike to Mohre, to School’s GH (Tmb = train & m’ bike)

4: Speeches. Market (many photos)

5/2

 

*

 

Chandanagar

PF

 

Visit journalist in K.. Then to Chand.

Vishy's again

6/2

 

o/n

26

Delhi

H

4

1845 Howrah Express to Delhi, o/n. Horrid train, v late. Hari Krishna Hotel

7: arrived late eve. 8: GPO, Rama Krishna Mission, Chinese Emb for visas, bt warm clothes, met Hari.

10: MfW at YWCA.

11/2

 

B

o/n

Sidbari via Dharamshala

Ash

11

In Ashram as GH while working in its ‘project’, CTT

23/2

 

B T

o/n

Delhi

Ash

5

Lovely send-off. dep 1840, car, crazy bus, train to D.

24/3

Sun

         

Arr v early, taxi to Aurobindo Ashram to only me to MfW.

25: Long traipse to Air Canada. Bt wood Goddess. 26: Got Russian visas, Mus, Bahai Temple

28: Bt hearing aid for £1000.

1/3

 

P

o/n

Singapore

PF

3

dep in eve. Lost h.aid..Host: Anne B.

Spent hrs on phone. Slept.

3: MfW w 7 Fr, in lovely flat. Night safari. 4: Swim, shops, meal out in town.

5/3

 

P

9?

Beijing

PF

7

dep 0855, to Yangs. David, Yang Zhi, son Ian, g'pa.

6th:MonkeyBusiness, shop warm clothes,. Met Sally Vernon.

7: Forbidden city. 8: Temples.

9: Me to Templ of Heaven

10: Great Wall 11: Lunch w David and Yang Zhi. Eve: Heard much of Douglas F (Springie) Springhall.

12/3

 

T

o/n

Ulaan Baatur

H

2

early start, onto train. Cross border, very slow, change wheels, in night. Robbed on arrival. Grim 'GH'.

15/3

 

Jeep

5o/n

6 day Gobi

Gers

5

Trip into Gobi Desert. w Agneat and Maria. Driver: Gera. 15: 10 hr drive. Stay in ger, nice family, cold night. 16: saw camel born, many more hrs drive, nat park, saw leopard, 2nd ger, I got lost, strange night visitors. 17: Museum, mutton dumplings, Walk to peak, sand dunes, breakdown, search for ger. Cold night, no pee cos dogs. 18: canyon, ruins, 2 walks,

Pretentios ger in town, but warm. 19: rice pud for brkfst, mutton flavour, dull drive, blizzard, prob finding ger, then lovely family,

20/3

     

U.B.

H

3

20: blizzard continue, stuck in drift, v cold, but got back to UB. I got Robbed again but they nabbed.

21: quiet day, cultural show. "": Visited Tsog. Nat Hist Mus. Mark in Jazz café.

23/3

 

Jeep

 

Mountains

PF

1

2 days as guests in ger in mntns near UB

25/3

 

"

 

U.B.

H

2

Internet. J to womens group.

26/3

 

T

2o/n

Town c 70 km from Irkutsk

H

2

I took things to orphanage. Met Darii. Prob phone Moscow. dep UB 2100. Train 3 days (2 nights). Smugglers as cross border (v slowly). 28: arr Irk 0845, met by Elya, 70km drive to L Baikal, Mus. walk in icebound harbour, Hosts: Rita and ma Valentina, Huge rich meals, played President. 29: Art gal, Orth church,

30/3

 

T

3o/n

Moscow

H

 

Dashed to church after brkfst. Dep Irk 1355 after sight seeing town (goose-stepping kids) and shop in magnif market. Train 4 days (3n), met Andrew and Liz, 2nd: arr Moscow 1518. taxi’d to nice hotel (1 night). Fab Georgian mela. Bt CD-ROM.100R (£2)

3

 

T

 

Kolomna

PF

2

Slow suburban train, met host Rita on it, diff walk to house, warm welcome, walk to Kremlin, Sasha and his wife

4th Car tour.

5/3

 

B

 

Moscow

S

2

Went to Fr Hopuse. met Marin and Nicholai, then to SERVAS Michael and Ina, parents, …^:

6:

7/3

SUN

T

o/n

St Petersberg

S/PF

1

7: Lydia took us on tour of stations, then to FMH for MfW, met Misha, Sasha, Galina, Patricia. Dep 2355.

8: arr St P early, prob finding Servas lovely Vladmir, met Lisa, g'pa, Explored lovely town, slept at Children's Art Centre, (: Ekaterina took us to her flat, met Svetlina,

10: Hermitage, eve meal w Peter Dyson, 11: Ek took us to Pushkin town, Rom&Juliet ballet at Mariisky theatre nearby. with Andrew and ?

12: We addressed school childrn. I visit St Nick Cath for long time, music, funeral. (body visible) Eve dinner at The Idiot w Ek, Vlad, Andrew & Liz, (?Peter Dyson?)

13/3

 

P

 

Stockholm

S

1

Schoolteacher and boyfrnd took us to airport. No plane! Went via Poland!. arr S. c 1800. No hotel, eventually found SERVAS Jerry Lanz in super flat. Greek supper.

14/3

SUN

   

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JL and gf An took us to FMH. Children's MfW. All v friendly. Offered sojourners' flat!, in pm we went scruff wear to concert of Ulla Blom's pupils, very posh Club/Civic Soc.

15: Ferry to Skansen mus/zoo. Nice chat w warden Margaret (-ite?) Kenny. 16: J & I talked re our future.

17/3

 

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via LHR to Bristol

   

Heavy talks. Nice train to airpt, dep 1510. At LHR I bus to Bristol (warm welc at Rosemary's), she to Camden.

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