Published: May 27th 2008May 27th 2008
We arrived in Gangtok yesterday where I could finally get some more money changed, I had to borrow a bit in Pelling as there was no money changer. Its a much larger city here, pretty touristy but not bad, the weather is a little better, I saw some snow covered peaks today, I guess the Kanchendzonga range, which I think is the same thing as Kanchenjunga but maybe in a different language? I dunno though.
Pelling was nice, a good challenging trek to the Lake and then to another little town near there. The second day reminded me of Mt. Mitchell because it was so steep, I think maybe more steep than that trail but much shorter, probably climbed at least 2000 ft though. It was a little rough because the first day we got caught in the rain for like 2 and a half hours and I got a cold. I feel much better now but my nose is still running like crazy.
We we be leaving with some more people we met in our hotel tomorrow for a 3 night 4 day jeep trip into North Sikkim which sounds pretty amazing. It turns out to be less than 20 dollars a day including food and accommodation so its cost effective, but i think ends up being a little longer than I was planning to stay here, oh well. I couldn't get a train ticket today because it is a holiday. I will go before we leave tomorrow to try and book a train on Sunday to Varanasi and the a couple of days later to Rishikesh or Haridwar.
Everyone I meet who is traveling seems to be older than me, at least 25 or so for the most part. Maybe its just a coincidence or maybe people don't usually travel as much that are younger. Oh well, the age difference doesn't bother me, I've met some very interesting people. Its crazy how some of them have been traveling in foreign countries for three years straight. It'd be cool to have that kind of freedom.
Laura, i was wondering how your festival was going, or if it has already passed, how it went, I don't know if you ever got my e-mail but its email@example.com, don't know if thats listed on here or what, but I'd love to hear about it, so send me an e-mail.