On our last day of class, our students and fellow volunteers threw us a party.
A few of us went out that evening for a goodbye dinner and some wine. A real treat.
We got on another bus on the other side of the tree and started moving again. This bus was not nearly as nice and as an added bonus, it was leaking water (it was raining) from the ceiling and windows. Sweet. It’s ok, we’re troopers and we got seats, which was better than lots of other people. We made it about a half hour until the bus stopped again. A landslide! That took about 2.5 hours to clear and we finally got through.
The bus stopped in Pathankot – which should be around 3 hours from Dharamsala- about 8 hours after we left. We were told a new bus would come in 1.5 hours to take us to our destination, Amritsar. We couldn’t wait. We found another bus, which we had to pay for (different company, our other tickets to Amritsar didn’t work), and made it there with just enough time to spare to grab dinner.
We got to the train station and found out the train was delayed 5 hours. We sat in the waiting room until it came, then boarded the train and slept like babies til the next morning. Finally, at 48 hours after we left McLeod Ganj, we arrived in Varanasi.
The next post… more about the oldest city in India.