Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 06:26:35
mom that I am ok and that we are stuck in Bombay
because of the weather. I don't have her e-mail so
tell her to send to me.
Also be sure to tell her
to call Yoave's father and mother and tell them that
we r ok. Tell her to talk to dad too, so that he
will send me his e-mail.
Date: Sat, 30
Jul 2005 15:42:05 +0200
Subject: still in
I am still in Bombay since
we arrived at 4 in the morning. There are problems
in the airport and our flight keeps getting delayed.
I hope that we will eventually be able to get out of
Date: Sun, 31
Jul 2005 10:30:50 +0200
I am finally in Delhi.
finally left after 20 hours in Bombay, in 24:00. It
got so long that even the natives, who have a
tendency to wait for infinite hours, felt it was too
much for them. Now we are in here with Katz and we
are going on a bus to Manali with a stop of 1-2 days
in Kasol. I hope that everything is ok back
Date: Mon, 1 Aug
2005 14:52:12 +0200
Subject: Hi from
I am in Kasol and it is very
beautiful here. There are great mountains and
gushing rivers and it is very nice to walk by them.
The bad thing is the tourists here are the worst
kind there is around. The loudest, most drug smoking
kind there is. I am leaving here soon, but I am glad
that I had the experience to see this phenomenon
that every one is talking about. I miss u all and
will write to u as much as I
p.s. Alex, u r kind of
family too so u get it too.
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 17:17:40
day in Kasol was a bit better, but when I saw an
Israeli girl walking her dog on the streets of Kasol
instead of in Rothschild in Tel-Aviv, something felt
wrong. We left there in the morning and are now in a
little village called Vashisht where we finally met
Europeans and Indians. I am not sure that we will go
on a trek soon because Yoav is a bit sick and I am
not sure how long it will take him to get better.
Meanwhile we are here, getting to know the
Date: Sat, 6 Aug
2005 16:56:10 +0200
We are finally out of
all the troubles. Joe and Idan are finally healthy
and all is almost well.
Joe's bag got stolen from
the window of our hotel. We spent a lot of the day
with the police, which in India are not the most
efficient thing in the world. I think that not even
all the movies about cops in third world countries
prepared me for the experience of cops in India. A
local guardian angel helped us with the police and
saved us. Apparently we didn't say the right thing
and after he talked to the cop we got our version to
make us, the hotel manager, and most important of
all, the cop, happy. We decided finally to go on a
kind of trip that not many do, but we think that it
is best. We found a guy that has a jeep and we
bought it for 2000$. We hope that it goes as well as
it looks and drives as well as in our test
just came back from a short 3 days trek, which was
really nice. We met a lot of nice people on the way,
and it was really nice. One of them was a really
nice girl that knows a whole lot about local culture
and it was very nice. We came back a day early due
to a navigation error, and we got to Leh so late
that we had to sleep in the Jewish house. It was
very nice of them, but of course we weren't spared
the usual talk about "the enlightened" path of Rabi
Nahman. I think that they got a really smart thing
going on here, catching people when they are a
little mixed up. Don't worry, I am not going to
become a second Yoram.
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2005 6:19
Subject: Journey to Leh!!!
Sorry for the joint mail, the internet
is just so bad here in Leh, stupid Indian people
just can't get anything right. It is either cheap
and slow or fast and expensive.
We have finally
finished our first long journey with the jeep to
Leh. It was such a great adventure, with every thing
I could have hoped for in it. First of all, the
Indian roads maybe really dangerous, but there isn't
a dull moment. U have to constantly be alert since
the scariest craziest Bedouin driver is like the
best Indian one. They drive like crazy, which is
always a lot of fun. We got stuck in the evening of
the first day, already late on our deadline of
arrival, when the jeep got stuck in the mud. Luckily
2 Austrians, which are working a lot in the local
gym, gave us a push. We managed to get in the last
moment of sunlight to the camp. On the next day, the
jeep just wouldn't start. We tried everything, we
pushed the jeep, but at a height of 4000 meters, the
damn thing just doesn't have enough air. We tried to
pull it with the help of a different jeep, but the
line broke. To our rescue came a jeep with two
Indians that gave their heart and did everything for
us for an hour and a half. In the end it was Batz's
personal rope form the army that did the trick. They
were the nicest people I have ever met. We later
were able to return the favor to a poor Israeli guy
that got a flat tire in his Enfield bike and there
were no garages around. We took him and his bike in
the back of our jeep and took him all the way to
Leh. Now we are here, waiting for Micky and Neta to
return from their trek later today.
Miss u all a
Sent: Thursday, August
25, 2005 11:29 AM
Subject: help with
I am writing this
to your in hope of a very rapid reply.
other plugs in the jeep, and we didn't get new ones.
We contacted them outside of the sockets and they
were ok. Can glow plugs/heaters be semi-good? Our
battery is weak from lack of use, but even with a
new one from a passing guy it didn't go. do we have
to pump gas (there is a pump that pumps gas in, or
is it flooding the engine? We got an Indian with the
same jeep, and he was no help, he doesn't know a
thing. Should we try to start it downhill? And if
so, drop the clutch in second and then press clutch
or let it run on second for a few seconds?
Please write to me with any info that u have.
Other that, things are really ok, and we are doing
Date: Aug 27,
2005 4:40 PM
Subject: Thank u very
Thank u for your help. You helped me
answer some things that I didn't know. We met a
friend from home that has jeep experience and I hope
that he will help. There are a lot of people on the
phones here so I can't be sure to be near one at any
time. I will call u when I have the time next to one
and then we will try to contact a professional. Tell
me what are the hours when this is possible.
Date: Aug 29, 2005 5:55
I have called
the guy that izu sent me and it was a very good
idea. I don't know yet if it will help but he made
us think in new ways. We have changed the gas filter
by his advice, but after spending the entire day
trying to get a new filter lid it ended in vain when
the one we installed got broken. Tomorrow we will
try and get a new one. I miss u all and will keep u
up-to-date when ever possible.
*Subject: Hi! 8/29/05 – A
letter to me on the incident above
Our adventures with the jeep continue. I
talked to the guy the Izu told to me about and he
said the problem is not the plugs. He said that it
is the gas filter and the air filter. We spent a day
getting the air filter only to find out that the lid
was bad and that we had to get a new one. I think
that god hates us. Boy was I wrong. After getting
the new lid and installing it, passing every single
store in Leh, we installed it. One last tightening
of the screws showed us that when the lord is out
for fun and games, he means it. Really. The part got
cracked and now we have to get a new one tomorrow
morning all over again. I think that I cried for the
first time in my life. You would have laughed your
heart out here.
People in Israel spend tons of
money on water cold dummy proof clothes only to buy
a "shawl" here. "Shawl" is a blanket. People here
run around all day wearing a blanket. And not a
blanket that wants to be a jacket. A blanket that
wants Tuffy to decide in 4 in the morning that he
wants to get on because someone's head is inside.
Anyway, I am running out of
money because I loaned a lot to Batz, so I will try
to write more tomorrow.
to thank u so much for your help, it proved to be
great. This Bondy knew right away how to get us on
the right track and it helped a lot!! Thank u! We
have finally finished fixing the jeep with the help
of Eran Galperin that happened to be there by
chance. I even called a specialist from Israel that
my grandfather got and he helped us a lot. We are
now in Srinagar, capital of Kashmir. It is so good
to get the jeep working again, it is great. We are
staying in the Naging Lake and we are having a lot
of fun, going with the shikara all day long and
taking swims in the lake. Naturally we have managed
to sink the boat on the first day, which cost us 200
rupees for the broken paddle, but it is to be
expected. We are in the boats with the married
couple that have been traveling with us for the past
week, and they are really nice, although I think
that India is not a good place for a honeymoon. I
think that we will be on our way to Darmsala in the
middle of next week, if we find someone to pay some
of the gas for us. I am sorry but maybe since it is
very far and a long drive in the jeep, for the next
few days I will not be able to come to the net
because it is the worst place in the world to drive
a big jeep in, people here are maniacs at the wheel
and they make Tel-Aviv in rush hour look like a
kinder-garden. And now that we are without Micky, we
are eating normally. We have found a great
supermarket today with all the cornflakes that there
are at home. Our lives can't be better then they are
now. Well, maybe only with we had some of Ori's dad
Date: Sep 3, 2005
Hello family! I have
little to say about things here, because I talked to
u yesterday! I am ok and having fun! Love u
Date: Sep 8, 2005 6:55 PM
I am sorry for
not writing for a long while. It is just that in
Kashmir the internet is in downtown Srningar, which
is in it's calmest a rough version of Gaza the day
they killed Yasin. We took 4 girls with us on the
ride to Daramsala and it was so funny, they were
total frehot. They are always coughing so we
tell them to stop smoking and they say that it
is not related.
Joe also, while dreaming of
something else, CRUSHED THE DAMM CAR INTO A CONCRETE
POST, that surprisingly didn't agree to let go of
his current place so easy. But the damage
is mainly superficial so it is o.k. On the way
we got pulled over several times by local police but
each time all we did is to crack a great big smile
and were off. In India, the world really does smile
back at u if u smile to him.
We arrived to
daramsala and we met Flusser. It is really nice here
but it is a complete Israeli place. It feels a lot
like summer camp in the boy scouts. But the things
here are really comfortable and u have everything.
The people are nice too. I am really getting used to
these places and learning to see the interesting
people that are here, which are a lot, and realize
that earlier in the trip I ruled out places because
of my conceptions, which is a real crying shame.
There is also a great book store here that has a big
selection and is very good.
I think that we will
spend here a while and maybe go to Chambal valley
that is supposed to be very nice and with not so
many tourists around.
Sep 9, 2005 9:35 AM
*Hello Izu and Lenka!
heard from mom about the good news of your
condition. And I am too happy for words. It is the
best news I have heard for a long time.
Micky and Neta and it is a lot of fun. We had to
take the jeep to the shop and u would have been
shocked to see how Indians work. We are waiting for
parts for the jeep, because plugs that are so easy
to find in a normal country are hard to find around
here. U should have seen the way the stupid Indian
people work on the jeep. It is simply amazing. They
are trying everything randomly, 8 people on the
jeep, only one of them actually working at any given
moment. Any Indian that passes down the street
immediately leaves every thing that he is doing and
stops to look at what is going on. After 6 hours of
"work" they wanted only 500 rupees, which is about
50 shekels. This country is really isn't going
anywhere. Now we are here with Micky, we are
thinking about going to ride horses while we wait
for the parts to the jeep. I am always thinking of
all the things that u told me about glow plugs and
diesel engines and now I see that this knowledge
comes in handy. I wish u were here so u could have
fixed the jeep, u would have done it in 2 seconds.
For the mean time we are here, I will let u know
what our plans are in the future.
Sep 9, 2005 11:33 AM
after long hours of work, I have
managed to get some pictures on the net.
all see them
Date: Sep 12, 2005 3:12
We are now in Darmsala and
doing nothing. There just are not so many things to
see here but it is still fun. There is an Israeli
restaurant here that has movies that u can choose
from and today we saw "mezizim". It is the best
movie in the world. I think that Gutte is my hero.
He always knows what to say, and what to do. It
rains here all the time and the sun never comes out,
but I don't mind, it is not that there is anywhere
to go that I cant because of the rain. I hope that
we will leave here soon and be off to Mandi on our
way to Rishikesh. We are still trying to find
someone to go with us to these places and hope that
it will be fun. We met Katz and Shani and they are
so funny. We also met Eran Galperin. We are still
I wish I had more to tell, but we
do nothing, and when we are fed up with that, do a
little nothing more.
Date: Sep 13, 2005 5:08
We are finally
leaving Darmsala, after spending a very nice week
here, although not a very exciting one. We did
nothing today, but hang out in the guest house
We found a nice guy from our
guest house and together with a nice couple from
Israel we are going to Armister. The stories
from there are just too good to miss, and we hope
that it will live up to its name. After that we are
going to Mandi, a city on the way where we hope
to repair all the things in the jeep that need
fixing. I hope it will turn out ok.
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2005
arrived to Rhishikesh, which is one of the holiest
cities to Hindu, and a very nice place. It took us 3
days, in the middle of which, we put the car in a
garage, an experience that included a welding job
that would make Rahamim weep, and both of u scream.
They did a horrible job, but managed to fix a few
things. The next day we discovered that they didn't
fasten the screws on the exhaust, so it made a
horrible noise. Upon fixing that, I found out that
the rear suspension was completely loose, held with
a bolt with no nut. We managed to find one in a
shop, and had to crawl under the car in the rain and
mud to fix it. But it was still nice. We met a
friend from here and are having a very good
Date: Sep 18, 2005 9:00
I thought of
sending u a different e-mail then I send to friends,
but I wanted u to read it, I think that it is
We finally left Darmsala, and the
Katz&Shani couple there. We started in the
jeep with Flusser and a couple. The couple consisted
of a nice guy (fighter in army) and a very ugly
girl. That pleased us at first, for ugly girls tend
to be nice and smart, so that they could make it in
the cruel world. But to our shock, the girl turned
out to be not only ugly, but dumb and spoiled. I
offered, out of the vast goodness of my heart, that
we should talk to the good guy and explain him the
error of his ways. Tell him that he should leave
her, and find someone better: nicer, smarter, and
mostly, less fat and ugly. But Flusser said no. I
think he is growing soft.
We took the jeep to
the garage where it cost a whole lot more then we
expected, and we had to pay for everything, even for
the nuts and bolts, and the fabric that the
mechanics use to clean hands. We started again the
next day to find that guy that fixed the hood did a
Then the car started to make funny
noises. Turns out that the guys at the garage forgot
to close the nuts and the exhaust pipe was loose.
When we fixed that we found out that, although the
suspension was "checked" in the garage, there was a
wheel that had a screw without a bolt. The car could
crash at any moment. I had to crawl in the mud to
fix it. I will try to upload the pictures to my site
soon. We arrived safely, and met Galperin. He is
here with us, and we are having a very good time.
Rishikesh is a very nice city, filled with ashrams
Maybe I will find my long lost
Sep 19, 2005 4:23 PM
I heard that you were very worried and I am
The plan to go to Armistar was canceled
because it was very far away.
We started instead
on the way to Rishikesh and there was no way to
write from the road.
We arrived safely, as u know
from my last mail.
I wanted to ask u something.
There are a lot of places here that I wish I had my
good camera, with all the manual settings. I also
met a girl, which is an old pro in photos and showed
me a few things.
Can u find out how much will it
cost to have the camera (my canon camera that might
be in your car) to India? We are in Rhishikesh,
which is 250km from Delhi
Please let me
Sep 21, 2005 2:50 PM
Subject: zip code too
We need zip code too - I think it's called
pin code in India
On 9/20/05, eyal banin
We went to a water park
yesterday, called fun-park, and it was
It was empty, and besides 10
Indians we were the only ones there. It was with
funny cars, and a roller coaster and a lot of water
slides. All the things were built in a manner that
should put the engineer in jail in any other place
that is not India. To add to the fun, they were not
designed to the weight of me and Joe, which, due to
unavoidable laws of physics, made us go really fast.
We found our selves air-borne, with no rail on the
side of the slide, it was very scary. Joe of course
found it great. We went today to wash in a stream
that goes to the Gangas and it was really good.
Tomorrow we are going to start a kayak course, that
will last 5 days. It will cost us a fortune
(5000 rupees), but I think that it will be great
I will come back to my guest house each
day, so I will try to write.
Date: Sep 22,
2005 5:00 PM
sorry for the long mail, it is just that finally I
have real adventures and I am dying to tell
I started a kayak course yesterday
and it was quite ok. The work was hard but it is
fun. The only problem was that the instructor wasn't
around most of the day and we were left with his 2
helpers that don't know English very good so it is
hard to learn from them. Safety is also different
from what u would expect. Today he took us to a long
stretch of river with many rapids in it, while we
are inside, strapped to kayak. It is fine if u know
how to turn when u get upside down, but we don't. We
have to wait underwater until someone comes and pull
ourselves with the tip of his kayak, or get out from
the kayak. Then u r left in the middle of the river
in the water, completely helpless. U can't do
anything to get to shore, u can't go on back your
boat or anything. U just wait till the river goes
quite and swim hard to wash to shore, and then drain
the kayak and get back again. The instructor decided
that 50 meters before the rapids is a good time to
train Joe on turning back from underwater with the
help of a different kayak. Joe couldn't do it so he
found himself in the water for the entire rapid,
just waiting for it to stop. I was left behind
because I thought that they told me to stay close to
shore, since all of the instructors were with Joe.
In fact, I was left alone. They were miles ahead of
me and I had to try and mange the rapids on my own,
judging by chance what the right course to go is. I
have never been more afraid in my life. I thought
that I am going to drown. By a chance miracle I
managed to stay on and it was ok. After we got back
to our area, the instructor said that we should go
on our own, and that he goes to the office. I am all
for quitting. The instructor that knows English is
simply not there all day long and I think that
without him in the water we will not get to
The car also made problems in the
switch, and we took it apart. We took it back
without doing anything and then it was ok, so I am
starting to think that Indian cars simply work
differently from western ones. U have to give them
love and affection, the same way u give oil and fuel
to a normal one.
I don't know what crazy Joe
will make me do in the kayaking thing, but I hope
that I will be able to talk some sense into him.
We also met a guy that helped us a lot in
Vashiset with the bag that got stolen and now he
crushed his car and need's money to get back home.
It is so nice that we are able to repay him, and we
give him each (me and Joe) 1, 000 rupees. I hope
that he gives it to us back, but even if we don't
see him ever again, I am glad that we did
Date: Sep 24, 2005 12:22
We decided to
leave the kayak course, although Joe was slightly
unhappy, but I sometimes have to be the voice
of reason, acting as the responsible adult. Trust
me, if it wasn't for me we would have been in the
river right now, with the 13 year old boy, which is
the only one that knows proper English saving our
lives. We are planning our steps ahead and think
about going to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and then
maybe to some national parks there, with the main
goal to be in Puskar in November, for the big camel
fair that is taking place there. Hopefully in a
water/extreme free environment.
Mom- I will be
back today evening with an answer about the camera.
I will talk to Joe and will let u know
Date: Sep 24, 2005 7:25 PM
I am moving to Antour guest house and if it
is possible to send the camera to this
Please let me know what it is going on
with it, so I could make my plans by
Laxman Jhula, Tapovan Sarai, Tehri
25, 2005 6:38 PM
Thank u for the package!!
I hope that
it will arrive at the time u said, though I think
that it won't happen. I am with Joe, but Galperin
and Flusser didn't join with us. Our new place is
much nicer, has good view of the river and hot water
in the room and all the time. Joe just finished
reading 1984 that I recommended to him, and it is
always nice to see someone excited about a great
book for the first time. I hope that by the end of
the trip I will be able to get him to read many
books like that.
I am reading Jose Saramango
which is very nice and before that it was Raymond
Chandler, which was great, and I am surprised dad
didn't tell me about him, he looks like just the
kind of guy that dad should like.
Date: Sep 27, 2005 5:21
I am sorry to
say that I don't have a whole lot to say. I am still
waiting for the camera so I am kind of stuck in
Rhishikesh. We moved to a new guest house, in hope
that it has more life to it then our original one. I
think that it will be ok. In the mean time I am
really catching up on my reading, which is not all
I hope that the camera will arrive
soon and that we will get out of here.
Date: Sep 29, 2005 6:26
I just finished
a great book that u all read already, but it is
still nice, it is Michael Sheli by Amos oz, I really
I am still in Rhisihkesh with Flusser
and Galperein, because we are waiting for the camera
that is yet to come. I am starting to worry about it
but I hope that it will be ok. It is now in
India, so I hope that it will make it up to here. We
went yesterday to an amazing place that a local
friend of Galperin showed us, a stream that forms a
natural pool that is like a giant Jacuzzi. It was
Every night we play cards, and whenever
we play "yaniv", Galperin always wins. I asked him
what his secret was and he told me that he has a
system, but it doesn't work when there are only
2 people left, and it is difficult to do with
3. Today he finally told me what it is: HE
CHEATS!!!! . He simply picks cards that he needs
when no one is watching. I was shocked!!!. That
someone would cheat in cards is simply too much for
me, I couldn't imagine it. Who fucking cheats in
cards!! And when u only play for fun, not for
We are looking for hitch hikers
for the rest of the trip, so u put
signs, which turned out to b a big mistake,
since it attracts all the wrong people. One stupid
girl even tried to sell to us her train tickets,
without knowing we have put the sign, because she
saw the ad and she wants to go with the jeep and not
on train. We had to invent excuses to avoid her,
which wasn't a very nice thing to do. I hope that
the camera will arrive soon, so we can get out of
here soon, maybe Flusser and Galperin will come with
p.s. how is Sylvia?
Date: Oct 1, 2005 11:53
Subject: CAMERA ARRIVED!!!!
The package had arrived today to
Rhishikesh and we went to get, and everything is
Thank u very much for it. I don't know
when we leave, maybe in a few days and not tomorrow
because it is hard to find hitchhikers that are
willing to miss the holydays.
3, 2005 7:56 PM
Subject: happy new year!!
I am sorry for the group mail, it is
just that I am leaving tomorrow early in the morning
and I don't have so much time. We are finally
leaving Rhisihkesh which is a big thing. It is not
at easy as it sounds to leave a place in India. I
got talked into going to yoga class today. I leave
it to your imagination to think how I did in it. It
was hilarious. We went also today to the grand habad
dinner, which was quite nice. Too many people of
course but it was still fun. We get to meet people
that are a lot different from what I know in the
everyday life. Flusser and galperin are surprisingly
going with us to Almora, but I don't think that they
are going with us any further.
I think that
flusser is going straight to Goa, where I am sure
that he will very happy. There things are supposed
to be even slower then here. People spend months in
just one beach in Goa. Amazing. Amir's brother is
here also, which is really very nice, and also
taking pictures with the new camera is also good,
but I think that it will be horrible when we develop
them. I hope that my trip will take a more active
form from now on, and I will try to write the moment
we get to a civilized place.
I love u all
p.s. kushi- u r my
Date: Oct 6, 2005
that u all had a very nice holiday and that
everything is ok.
God had one more dish of bad
thali, and he is having stomach problems. And
since India is the bathroom of the world, some of it
must hit me. The exhaust, which breaks down every
five minutes, has finally decided to get a hole, and
we have to get a welder to patch it up.
get to Almora safely. Galperin told us that we
are driving too slow and that we can drive a
lot faster and still be safe. It is the first time
ever that I got this remark on my driving, and
in India of all places, driving my beat up jeep. I
think he is crazy. It is a very nice place, and
there are almost no Israelis here. There is a family
in our guest house, but they are not what u would
call the normal Israeli traveler, going about with
2.5 year old kids. There is another family that
lives here for the past 9 years after the father was
injured in Lebanon and wasn't recognized by Israel.
There isn't that much to do here, so I think that we
will be leaving in 2 days. The problem is that Joe
is sick so we have to wait for him to be well again.
Flusser has had enough activity for the trip and
wants to go to Hempi, and then to Goa.
Me and Joe are going next to the
Nepal border, to extend our visa, and then to Agra,
home of the Taj Mahal. I expect it to be
very dense and hot, but the building
itself will be worth it.
8, 2005 9:59 AM
I am sick. I must have caught it from Joe.
But not to worry, this is the place to get a
complete rest in. I hope that it will be over soon,
because it is really depressing to be sick in a
trip, but I guess that in such a long trip it must
happen sometime, and I don't know anyone that
haven't had it at least once in a long trip. I am
spending the time to read lots of books and
improving my chess play.
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10, 2005 5:21 PM
We are both feeling a lot better, and we
decided to go on a trip with the jeep with 2 girls
and a guy that we meet yesterday.
jeep didn't think that this is a good idea, and
I am going to be a
bit technical now, so be patient. First, the gear
handle was completely loose, so I opened it to fix
it, and realized I can't get it back on.
decided to go to a garage without it and fix it
there. We drove without it for a few minutes, not
something I highly recommend since Indian jeeps
don't like to start uphill in second gear, and
ours likes it less than most. Then the drive shaft
fell off!!!!. The part that runs the motion to the
wheels simply fell off. Me and Joe were on the verge
We managed to crawl under the car and
fix it with some bolts and get to the garage in
second. The mechanic in the garage had no idea what
so ever on fixing the handle back and in the end Joe
had to do it. We found out that the gears are
completely out of place and had to be welded back.
They put the drive shaft back and finished
everything in just under 5 hours. They charged for
the work, the parts and the welding, a grand total
of a little less then 24 shekels. Less then shawarma
with a coke at home. I think that we will rest for
one more day here, and if nothing unexpected
happens, we will be off the day after that.
P.S send my love to Michal, I will try
to call in the hours she is up to talk to
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Date: Oct 14, 2005 4:11
I am sorry to
say that we are thinking of getting rid of the jeep.
We decided, after just finishing with one more
horrible garage, to sell the jeep. For this we
traveled to Delhi where we are now staying. It is a
bad place, but a good one to do things like selling
things in. I hope that we finish with it soon and be
able to be on our way. I think that sometimes u have
to count your loses and move on. We just got to a
point that we spend most of our time touring garages
in India and not the sites. It did give us a taste
of the real place, but I think that we had enough. I
just don't believe that we can find a mechanic that
can fix this thing right.
Date: Oct 17, 2005 4:51
I am sorry for the group mail, I am just
so mad that I can't write it a lot of times since I
will break the computer and lose some more
In the morning we went to the car in order
to take to the garage. We then found that someone
has found a very original way to say good morning to
He put a brick in the car, without opening
the window first!!! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
can understand a poor Indian guy that breaks into a
car to steal it, or things from it for money, but
what is the fucking point in just breaking it and
doing damage to it, ha??
So we cleaned the glass
and went to the shop. It was very hard to do and
when we got to it he sent it to a place that was
supposed to buy used cars. The fucking bastard
offered us 15000 rupees, 1500 shekels!!!! The
bicycle that I have at home was twice as expensive.
Then we went back and he sent us 25 km in horrible
traffic to another place that offered us the amazing
sum of, yes u guessed it, 1500 shekels. And the
butch went as far as flashing us with his silly
money to try and tempt us into selling it to him. I
was very close to hitting him and stick his face
into that stupid Hindi god that was on the wall, the
one with the elephant face that looks like a
nightmare version of dumbo the flying elephant. We
went after that to relax in MacDonald's but that
only made me more mad because the fucking Indians
have decided that the stupid cows are not really
cows, but are actually gods?!??!?!!?! Who is the
dumb fuck that thought about that bright idea?!?!?
Couldn't they find a less tasty animal, why cant I
eat a hamburger at MacDonald's like a normal human
being. Now we are back in the main bazaar and come
back to the garage tomorrow. I hope that u r all ok
and having fun
Date: Oct 17, 2005 4:56
discovered that some nice guy drove a brick into the
car, without opening the window first. We then went
to the garage and to places the deal in used cars.
The dealers have seen all the movies about shady
american used car dealers and are acting the part
really good. We didn't manage to sell it to them
after they flashed us with a "vast amount of money",
a sum, that in their eyes is a lot, of 1500 shekels,
thinking that the mere sight of it will make us
faint. We will make a last effort tomorrow to fix it
and sell it to a tourist and if we are not
successful abandon it or sell it for almost nothing.
It is just so hard to deal with Indians, they are so
Date: Oct 20,
2005 11:35 AM
jeep is finally sold, for shitty money, but who
We are now in Thailand, and I hope it
would be nice here. We are going to the islands for
a while, and then split up for a while, and after
that we are going on to other countries, I don't
know yet which ones. I think that maybe Burma or
China, I didn't decide yet. Thailand is very nice so
far, and I hope it will continue to be so.
Date: Oct 21, 2005 11:03
We bought a but
ticket to the islands, and we are going to ko
There are now 2 friends from home there and
i think that it will be nice. It is an island that
focuses on diving and for that it is supposed to be
less noisy then other ones,
Date: Oct 24, 2005 3:14
I am very
happy here, things are great.
Thailand is very
nice, everything is nice here and the people are
also very friendly.
We rent small scooters to run
around but most of our time is spent on the beach
eating pineapple. They have the best pineapple in
the world here.
The parties are also very good,
except that last night I drank as much as a German
girl that we met, which was a big mistake. The
amount that was enough to send me straight to my
room snoring didn't make the smallest impression on
her. I think that Europeans are biologically
different from us.
p.s. I am now
reading "chronicles of narnis" by c.s Lewis, and it
very good, highly recommended.
I also got Joe to
read some very good books, and it always nice to see
the excitement of someone that reads catch 22 and
lord of the rings for the first
Date: Oct 26, 2005 5:23
I am now in
Riley beach which is very nice place on the western
part on Thailand.
If u remember right u were
already there. I think that we will spend at least a
few days here and then go on with our trip.
I sent 3 discs with all the pictures I made in the
small camera with Badash that was in Thailand with
us and now he is coming back home. Some of the
photos are twice on the discs so don't develop them
all. Some are also not very good, so choose and make
only the good ones, the others u can keep in the
computer and the discs themselves.
I hope u enjoy
them. Let me know how they are like.
p.s I sent 3 books to our house by sea
mail, it will take 3 months, so pick it up when it
comes. It only was about 150 shekels including
Date: Oct 27, 2005 8:12
Subject: Re: hi!
I need one more
thing, if u can do it. I want to know who much money
I have in the bank, and for u to find out if I
can get a new credit card. My bank is in beer sheva
merkaz hanegev and tell them that if they need my
approval, I will call them or send them an e-mail.
Please do it quickly, since I need to know my
balance to plan the rest of my trip.
I am on the
west coast of the Thailand islands, near a town
Date: Oct 28, 2005 8:18
I am writing to u
for your advice.
Joe is probably going to America
now and micky is going to nz.
I am thinking about
it and wondering about the rest of my trip.
do u think about it?
Date: Oct 29, 2005 6:47
I am sure that
mom have told about things.
I need your
if u can look at a ticket for next few days
from Bangkok to new Zeeland or at least tell me
about a which sites are dealing with this
p.s. still in rialay beach,
things are really nice here.
31, 2005 2:32 PM
know that I am not writing\ calling, it is just that
I am in places that don't have a cheap connection.
My problem is not that I don't have money, it is
just that I can't get to it and find out how much I
have. I will try to call in a few days to the bank
and try to make things from here. If I won't be able
to, maybe I will lend some from u , to be repaid
when I get back. I am now in Kho-phi-phi, and it is
one of the most amazing places I have ever been, I
really like it. Today they actually played the movie
"the beach" that was filmed here. If u can call Alex
and tell her that the connection is bad and that I
am sorry and will call her as soon as possible I
will be very grateful.
Date: Nov 1, 2005 9:38
I didn't explain
I am in kho phi-phi with Neta, Yoav
and Micky, and a German girl named Jenny that is
traveling with us.
Neta and Yoav are both going
to the states to work there in the malls for
Christmas. I am going on with Micky and Fiura is
joining us. We are going to New Zealand. We will
travel there for 2 months and then I will stay and
work there. Unlike America and Australia that are
illegal to work as a tourist, New Zealand encourages
travelers to work in and has jobs that depend on
travelers, especially fruits picking and dairy
farms, like what Idan Katz did. I think that it
should be a lot of fun. We are going back to Bangkok
in 2 days, meaning in the 3 of the November, to
arrive at the forth. We are going to spend a few
days there, trying to arrange tickets, and to buy
things for the trip, like sleeping bags and tents,
that are much cheaper in Bangkok then anywhere else.
By the way, if any of u want something I can send it
back home with Joe, that will spend 3 days in Israel
before going to the states. I am having a really
good time, the beach is great and we found a really
cool place that has amazing view to the water.
Nov 4, 2005 2:26 AM
I am now in Bangkok and going to be
here a few days until I get the tickets and organize
my things. I wanted to know how did the pictures
came out, and to tell u that if badash didn't bring
them yet, maybe u could call him at this number
052-8330566, in the weekend, when he is home. I am
ok and having good fun.
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 2:56
just now from the islands, after a long trip. I am
not used to such long trips in public
transportation, but those in Thailand are really
great. It was really sad leaving the islands, it was
really the most beautiful place I have ever been in,
and I am sure to be back there as soon as possible.
I think that Ori had a very good idea working there.
Ori and Fiura are coming later today, and we are
going to conquer Bangkok with them. I hope that I
will not be reduced to begging in those few days. We
will all start to look for a plane ticket to NZ
which should probably cost something like 1000$. I
for one hope to return at least some of the money in
work in NZ, that Ori says is easy to get.
don't have anything more interesting to tell, since
I feel that it has been just one long Saturday
afternoon in Nizanim beach for the past 10 days, but
Date: Nov 4, 2005 11:21 AM
I didn't manage to call the bank
yet, since they are closed today. I will call them
on Sunday morning and I want u to be available so I
can call them and u at the same time.
7, 2005 8:41 AM
hi mom Alex!
got your mail and I am calling them right now. I
think that there are other accounts and it should be
in a green folder, so try and find it when u get
home. it can be also in the cupboard that is in the
Date: Nov 7, 2005 8:51
I tried to call
them at the bank and didn't get an answer!!!!.
don't know what to do . I think that I will try it
again later. If u can call my bank in Beer-Sheva and
get the number of my "pkida" since it costs me a lot
of money to call them.
Date: Nov 7, 2005 3:46 PM
I got to talk with the guys in my
branch, and they said that I should send them a fax
with what I want. I sent them a fax to close one of
my savings accounts and put the money in my credit
card account. I will try and do the renewal of the
internet access tomorrow, since I have no more
energy to make long phone calls today.
that the fax will make them do things
Thank u for your help.
Nov 9, 2005 10:34 PM
I am now in new Zeeland in the South
Island in a place called Christchurch. It is really
amazing here. It is a very peaceful place and the
people are very nice.
Money wise, I have no way
of checking if the money u sent me got to where it
should have since I don't have access to my account.
I will try in a few days to get internet
connection but not yet.
I also got a fax to the
bank and I told them to break my savings and put it
in my account. It is about 8000 shekels so I hope
that it will be enough.
I will write again
Date: Nov 12, 2005 12:49
We bought a
car, and unlike India, it is a normal nice one. It
cost us 500US dollars each, and since it is a little
more then people usually spend, I hope that it will
be ok. But even if not, I think I could handle that
too. It is a 93' Nissan Primera.
We are leaving
Christchurch today or tomorrow to go to the south
and fiord land. It is an amazing country and I think
that u should all come here when u can get time off
work. I am actually considering moving here some
time in the future since the place is beautiful, the
people are very nice, and most off all, Subaru
STI is one of the most popular cars here and u
can get one for about 70,000 shekels.
I miss u
all very much and be home by the end of
p.s. I haven't had
time to work out things with the bank but I will do
Date: Nov 17, 2005 6:02
I am now in
Dundin. First let me say that NZ is by far the best
place I have ever been too. The scenery is the best
I have ever seen, and the people are the nicest.
Things here are just great. We were at Mount Cook
and it was amazing. I have seen quite a few snowy
mountains but this just puts them all to shame. It
was amazing. It is just that anywhere that u go here
is amazing, I am having loads of fun. We were at a
Cadbury factory today, which is a chocolate factory,
like Willy Wanka's. It was a lot of fun. We sleep in
camp sites with our tent, in sleeping bags, both of
which we got in a second hand store. It is really
We are in Kuikore, where we came for the
sole reason that Fiura will go on a whale watching
tour. I think that if he doesn't see one, upon
paying 125$ for it, I am personally going to hunt
him one, a white one like in Moby Dick. I hope I
will keep my limbs. We are going to shorten the
money spending part of the trip for more work time,
and Fiura is thinking to about working in Kho-Tao
like Ori. I think that some people in the hevre find
the word "real life" to be abusive. Then again, I
met a bus driver yesterday the talked to me about
his traveler days all over the world, and how he
enjoyed surfing in Mexico this year. So who knows?
I, for one, am going to move to NZ and send a
FUCK U note to my "miluim" officer. Then again,
as you know me, you see a picture of me in the paper
saying "Eyal Banin, the biggest friyer in Israel,
had done 364 days of service this year".
Well, we got up in the
to a bright Sunday morning. We sent Fiura off to
Queenstown and drove to the race circuit to sell the
car. And what do you know? It seems that all the
Israelis that said it is best to buy in Christchurch
and sell in Auckland, have, unbelievably enough, I
know, been fucking wrong! It seems that every little
shit that has a car in the whole NZ area wants to
sell it today. There were more cars for sale then
cars parking in Hyarkon park for independence day.
Loads. Shit loads. So Micky and I are standing
there, and no one wants to go look at our car. 2
hours pass by, and then - luck. 3 Israelis want the
car and are going with us on a ride in it. We talk
about a price, and I am starting to think whether it
would be MacDonald's or Burger King that i will go
to with my money off the car, when the car
STALLS!!!! It fucking dies and we can't start it
anymore! Now this is a bit odd to us since we spent
100$ yesterday on a new battery?!?! So we start it
with cables and it starts and dies in a second. It
turns out that the alternator is dead and we have to
get a new one. So we moved from money getting to
money spending!!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! It was funny in
India, but now it is just not funny any more!! I
have had enough of garages in India to last me a
life time. I think that I am going to walk in Israel
and never get a car of my own. Ever. After we
finished cursing god for 45 minutes, we met a very
very nice black guy that looks like he can play
center for Macabi Tel-Aviv, who helped us out. He
gave us a lift back to town, the car is stuck in the
street since it is Sunday and everything is closed,
so by now 15 niggers are probably messing it up with
crow-bars. Me and Micky are in a very remote guest
house, because it is the only one with free parking,
but then again, WE DONT NEED ALOT OF PARKING SPACE
NOW, DO WE?!?!!? So the lesson, besides the
obvious one, which is to never buy anything with a
motor with me, never ever, is not to fuck up with
god. He is strong, and mighty, and has some kind of
fucked up sense of humor. So go to a synagogue, or
to a church, or to any other praying place that you
want, and shove your face as deep up his ass as it
goes, since it is important. I have to say though,
that all this doesn't upset me so much, because I
know that I am going to see u soon. Or at least if
the plane doesn't fall down.
I love u.
It is going to be a long mail, and I am not
mad. I think that being mad is what is going to hurt
me the most in this life, maybe that and juice
prices. You are probably not going to believe it,
but things are really O.K.!! God has sent us an
angel in the form of a 2.00 meters African guy
named HENRY that met us in the car market. He helped
us push the car to the street and gave us a lift
home. The next day we are waiting for him in the
street, and we are looking for the same beat up car
that he came in yesterday. Suddenly, we hear
him calling to us from across the street, his black
head emerging from a black 5 series BMW!! We are now
sure that he is going to rape us in the forest, but
he gets us to an Israeli friend of his. That friend
turns out to be a Druze from the north that upon
getting discharged from being a tracker in the
army, decided that Israel is shit and went
to NZ. What a life change. His partner is an Iraqi
refugee that escaped before the recent war
in Iraq. So we got the car fixed for
about 300$, including new break pads,
which amounted to a lot less then what we expected.
We tried the next day to sell the car to an agency,
but they all offered no more then 1500. We
decided then to take it to the backpackers' car
bazaar, where we saw only sellers and no buyers. 20
cars and people that have been trying to
sell cars for days no end. I thought that
I am going to die. Somehow, god went to have a
coffee break, so things managed to go our way. 2
Danish guys came and took the car for a spin and
really liked it!!! We sold it to them 20 min later
for 2000$. I think that a meteor is going to strike
Auckland soon and we are all going to die. Of
course, Micky is not happy with the price that we
got, since he wanted more.