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I’m getting used to the idea that I may never sleep through the night,  so I prepare myself by stocking  up on 50 rupee  (75 cents) DVDs and some fruit.    At 3am I’m up watching the director version of Runaway Bride and munching on bananas.  The movie is impossible fluffy but I don’t care, its non-stop English and very predictable.

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After two uneventful plane flights to Katmandu I am met at the Airport by Ganga, the owner Nepal Hiking Team where I booked the Mount Kailash trip.  It’s a short in distance, long in time, drive from the airport to Thamel, the tourist ghetto where I am staying.  As the taxi driver dodges motorbikes, rickshaws cows and pedestrians,

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September 9th, Last day in Bangkok. After my now, standard breakfast of banana pancake and Nescafe, I pull out the “must see list” made for me by the lovely man at the Mae Thorani shrine. I decide to go to Watin temple.

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I had the idea before I left home that it would be interesting to explore divination in the cultures I was visiting,In Bangkok the seers are called Mor doo, which translates to   Doctor who sees.Online I read that the best place to find a Mor Doo was at Tha Phra Chan pier immediately to the south of Thammasat University.  Dripping wet from the heat and humidly and still wearing what was now surely a dripping red tika

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Maha Uma Devi Temple It took a good hour to get to the Uma temple from the Amulet Market. First a boat ride down the river, which provided a welcome breeze in the increasing heat and humidly of the day.  Then a ride on the air-conditioned sky train, Bangkok’s metro system, followed by a short steamy walk through streets with virtually no pedestrians.   Nestled in a neighborhood of white sky scrappers sits the small colorful temple. Built in the 1860’s by the local Tamil community the temple is

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September 8, 2010 Next to the Wat Maha That, is one of many amulet markets in Bangkok.  The market lines the street with stalls of amulets and statues of Buddhas, powerful monks, and Hindu gods along with the occasional odd and somewhat scary voodu-esq objects; crocodile heads, cloth dolls, tree pods that look like people.

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September 8, 2010 The flight was long 24 hours from door to door.  The first leg of the trip was 12 hours, which I dreaded because of my occasional fits of claustrophobia, but with the help of Lorzapan, a truly magic pill, I slept like a baby and by the time we landed in Taipei I was optimistic and awake. 

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September 6, 2010 2:05 am China Airlines flight C1003 San Francisco to Bangkok And I’m off!!!!

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Nightmare: I add another poisonous being to my collection. This one is brightly colored scorpion, yellow with red horse-shoe spot in the middle of his back. Inside the cage that stretches across the length of my backyard is a collection of 100’s of poisons bugs, spiders, snakes, and strange reptiles from all over the world.  

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Welcome. I begin this blog with a prayer to Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed god who is traditionally worshipped at the beginning of all endeavors to remove obstacles.