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Farewell Picnic

The school wide picnic in my honor took place as scheduled. We walked a mile or two up the road and then climbed up a bit to an open pine forest.


Groups of kids went off to create their own cooking areas as did the teachers. As the honored guest, I wandered among the various groups sampling the momos, chicken, and other pre-packaged food they had purchased.

There were hundreds of hungry and aggressive crows that would dive bomb for any available food whenever they could. They would practically grab it out of your hands if you weren't paying close attention.


Playing Uno

Tashi and a few teachers preparing momos

Elementary grade teachers

Kids Posing




Many of the groups had picked small wild flowers and and put them down on the forest floor like welcome mats. It was all quite endearing.

A bit hard to read, but it does say welcome

At one point some of the older girls began dancing to music on a cell phone and I showed another group how to play hide and seek.


School wide photo

Later in the evening Tashi and Puti gave me a few handmade gifts. Here I am wearing the hat and scarf.


The next day, Tashi and I left for Jammu. As with any road trip in the mountains, it was not without its adventures. We had to spend an extra night in Kisthwar because the road beyond was blocked by a landslide. It was cleared overnight and we got to Jammu the next afternoon, where I spent a few days in comparative luxury in a decent hotel.

Clearly I was now back in civilization.

Shop on main street

Before heading back to Mumbai, Tashi showed me the house he was building and we visited the boarding school where his boys are studying. After so many years it was a privilege to meet his whole family.


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This is the last post you will see for several months. We are heading out once again, to southern Europe this time, and as usual I will take notes and photographs, but will not blog until after our return in mid-April.

Posted by jonshapiro 09:16 Archived in India

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I will miss reading your posts and looking at the wonderful pictures, especially of the people. Safe travels to your next destinations ... Be well. Great seeing you on Sunday!

by William Tuthill

Great pictures of the picnic & fascinating people you've met on that journey. Bon voyage on future travels!

by Rhinda

How touching your last days here must have been. It is evident from the photos that you were well received and admired and appreciated. I can actually ser myself here doing just what you did. Amazing!

by Liz Walsh

so colorfull also you in the end. very pritty.

We will organice our holiday, what you meen you are in Sizilien beetween 09 of march and 04 of april?

by antonette and joachim

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