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Travel Blog-Day 7

This is a blog about my 36-day trip through Nepal, India, and a little bit of China.  I’ll make one post daily until it’s all finished.

Day 7: Bodhgaya

After waking up early and getting some chai, I’m sitting in this village (cesspool) covered in flies and drinking chai, when guess who shows up-Kumar.  Today, he’s not as happy as he was yesterday.  He seems pissed about something and is acting quite mean.  He keeps insisting that I go to the cave where the Buddha lived for six years and the river where Sujati gave Siddhartha the rice gruel.  I tell him I’m not interested and he’s pissed.  He says there are two French girls who might want to go and they might want to party.  Am I interested?  I ask what he means and he says to “get with them”.  I tell him I’m married and love my wife, but he says it doesn’t matter.  I ask him to leave me alone and walk away.

I then go to the Mahabodhi Temple and spend a beautiful day.  Afterward, walking around to some monasteries and seeing the 75-meter high statue of the Buddha, then at the Chinese monastery, I turn around and there is Kumar.  At this point, he’s frightening me and I ask him to leave.  He says he’ll help me get a ticket from Gaya to Varanasi, where I’m going next.  He also said that if I didn’t get the ticket through him, he couldn’t guarantee my safety.  I told him to please leave.

There are a lot of little kids begging for money in Bodhgaya.  There are also many Buddhist institutions that take care of the children.  The institutions recommend that tourists do not give the kids anything.  It will simply keep them on the street, because the children think is an easier way of doing things than going to school, etc.  An interesting thing happened. A slew of kids have been begging from me.  I stopped and told them no, but that they needed to go to school.  Today a whole group of kids walked by me, turned and yelled, “Go to school.” Started laughing and ran away.  I guess I made a mark.

I had dinner (a thali), went back to my room and slept.

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