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14 November 2005

stand around and wave blindly

as has been the pattern lately, i got a horrifically late start to the day. i've been in a 'i must do something productive today' sort of mindset but i haven't been following through very effectively. in fact, i feel like recently i've just been going through the motions of traveling and haven't really been extracting much of substance from the experience. as i think i've made very clear in my recent entries, india has been very draining... both physically and mentally. but i don't want to give up on this part of the adventure. i need to give it a little more time.

down to the beach and through the streets. pondy was a different sort of indian town. the first where i've seen trash bins, the first where i've seen public works personnel actually emptying the bins and sweeping the streets, the first where i've seen traffic police do more than just stand around and wave blindly at passing vehicles. indeed, there were even signs posted which asked citizens to help keep pondicherry clean. i stopped and drank a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice before stopping into a bookstore and picking up two more books. i spent the evening on the beach conversing with the parents of three very fun and hyperactive young children. they insisted on giving me some cayungu. thank you!

posted by paul on Mon 14 Nov 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)

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