Camel Trek

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My time in India is quickly coming to an end. In less than two weeks we’ll be packing our bags and leaving Jaipur. I’ll be joining the group to visit the Taj Mahal, but while they go on to Delhi I’ll instead head up to the yoga/spiritual center known as Rishikesh and spend some time contemplating life in a quiet spot along the Ganges River. I’ll be rejoining them to head on to China.

Last weekend the group went to the holy city of Pushkar where we went on a camel trek through small villages and spent the night sleeping in tents in the desert at the base of some small mountains. I most enjoyed sharing stories around the fire with warm cups of chai, clean air and a sky full of stars. Camels are pretty disgusting animals (they snarl and spit foam out of their mouths)  and they’re not so friendly, but it was a fun experience.

The students continue to grapple with the purpose of education and are exploring (in their media projects) issues such as the students/teacher relationship, pedagogy that requires little critical thinking vs empowering, what exactly empowerment means, especially in light of women’s empowerment, class and race and how that relates to education, etc. I do have much to say on this and by the end of India I’ll post my thoughts. But for now I’m recovering from a rather bad bout with my stomach and I’m a bit tired.

Missing you all tremendously. Like the desert misses the rain? Like french fries would miss ketchup? Like Vermont misses a good snowstorm in winter (from what I hear)…xoxoxoxoxoxo



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8 responses to “Camel Trek

  1. Gloria Cooper

    Fantastic review, as usual. It’s wonderful how you enjoy your travels, no matter how unuique in so many ways…..the good and not so good. It’s a trip of a lifetime and you’re taking full advantage…Go for it!!!.
    Luv ya

  2. Stephen

    Lovely pictures Amanda!

  3. Marsha

    How exciting are your travels. I too was perched on a camel for a photo shoot when the camel upped and started walking. Scared me to a point I shouted get me down quick! That was in Israel. You are right about the animal-dirty spitting etc not to mention smelly. But it was an experience.
    Your pictures are great. Aside from missing us all, you seem to be enjoying your world wide experiences. This is a trip of a lifetime so take it all in and please please write about your experiences and try to publish your journals. You write so beautifully.

    I just booked a trip to Eastern Europe at the end of May. I will be in NY prior to the trip and hope to see you then. Stay well & safe Love Ya your fav aunt
    sty will

  4. melissa

    Looking forward to your next post. Thanks for the continued news and photos.


  5. Erica Nelson

    It all looks so colorful — a contrast to Wisconsin in February– cant wait to read more and miss talking to you.

  6. roz

    Hi Amanda, I loved reading your blog, you should put it in a travel log and have it all printed when you get home it sounds like an amazing experience smells and all,I can almost feel India. You also look great it seems to really be going by quickly your parents have been keeping me informed on your itenerary so I think China is next that will be beauiful as well as different. I love your pix they are beautiful stay well , keep peaceful, absorb the beauty around you. xoxo Rozy

  7. Mia

    Hi Amanda,
    Thank you for sharing. All of your photos are so beautiful!
    Hope you have a wonderful yoga retreat. Nadine and I are sending you good wishes and safe travels to China.
    XO Mia

  8. Jodi

    hi A,
    “like the winter needs the spring, you know i need you” La, la, La. Have you see The Story of the weeping Camel, set in Mongolia? they make them out to be pretty special creatures, despite their gross habits. they look like over grown akward ostrich. no hair is hot climate, woolly manes in cold. Safe travels in china
    xoxo jodi

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