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Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 06:26:35 +0200
Subject: important
Hi Izu!
Tell 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 Bombay
Hi family!
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 here.
Love,
Eyal

Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 10:30:50 +0200
Subject: Delhi
Hi family!
I am finally in Delhi.
Our plane 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 home.
Love,
Eyal
 


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Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 14:52:12 +0200
Subject: Hi from Kasol
Hi family!
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 can.
Love,
Banin
p.s. Alex, u r kind of family too so u get it too.



Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 17:17:40 +0200
Subject: hi!
Hi family!
The next 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 place.
Love,
Eyal

Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 16:56:10 +0200
Subject: Hello family
Hi family!
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 drive.
Love,
Banin


Hi family!
We 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.
Love,
Eyal

Date: Thursday, August 11, 2005 6:19 AM
Subject: Journey to Leh!!!
*Hello friends!
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 lot
Love
Banin

Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 11:29 AM
Subject: help with information

Dear family!
I am writing this to your in hope of a very rapid reply.
We found 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 great.
Love
Eyal


Date: Aug 27, 2005 4:40 PM
Subject: Thank u very much!
Hi!
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.
Love
Eyal


Date: Aug 29, 2005 5:55 PM
Subject: Hi!
*Dear family!
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.
Love
Eyal

*Subject: Hi!   8/29/05 – A letter to me on the incident above
Hello love!
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. Really. Everybody.
Anyway, I am running out of money because I loaned a lot to Batz, so I will try to write more tomorrow.
Love
eyal





*Hi izu!
I have 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 wonderful steaks.

 


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Date: Sep 3, 2005 11:16 AM
Subject: hello!
Hello family! I have little to say about things here, because I talked to u yesterday! I am ok and having fun! Love u all!

Date: Sep 8, 2005 6:55 PM
Subject: hello!
*Hi family!
 
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.
Love
Eyal

Date: Sep 9, 2005 9:35 AM
Subject: e-mails
 
*Hello Izu and Lenka!
I 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.
We met 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.
Keep on healing,
Love
Eyal


Date: Sep 9, 2005 11:33 AM
Subject: pictures
hi everyone!
after long hours of work, I have managed to get some pictures on the net.
you can all see them at:
HTTP://BANIN.MYPHOTOALBUM.COM
enjoy
love banin


Date: Sep 12, 2005 3:12 PM
Subject: Hi!
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 with Flusser.
I wish I had more to tell, but we do nothing, and when we are fed up with that, do a little nothing more.
Love
Banin
 
Date: Sep 13, 2005 5:08 PM
Subject: Hi!
Hi family!
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 playing cards.
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.
Love
Eyal

Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2005 9:05 PM
Subject: hi!

Hi family!
We just 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 time.
Love,
Eyal
Date: Sep 18, 2005 9:00 PM
Subject: Hi!
*Hi mom!
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 funny.
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 horrible job.
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 and temples.
Maybe I will find my long lost cousin here.
Love
Eyal



Date: Sep 19, 2005 4:23 PM
Subject: hi!
Hi mom!
I heard that you were very worried and I am sorry.
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 know.
Love
Eyal

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Date: Sep 21, 2005 2:50 PM
Subject: zip code too (PIN?)
We need zip code too - I think it's called pin code in India
On 9/20/05, eyal banin <eyalbanin@yahoo.com> wrote:
Hi family!
 
We went to a water park yesterday, called fun-park, and it was greaaaat!!!!!!!
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 fun.
I will come back to my guest house each day, so I will try to write.
Love
Eyal

           
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Date: Sep 22, 2005 5:00 PM
Subject: hi!
*Hi family!
I am sorry for the long mail, it is just that finally I have real adventures and I am dying to tell them. 
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 anything.
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 it.
Love
Eyal



Date: Sep 24, 2005 12:22 PM
Subject: hi!
Hi family!
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 today.
Love
Eyal

Date: Sep 24, 2005 7:25 PM
Subject: hi!
hi mom!
I am moving to Antour guest house and if it is possible to send the camera to this address:
Please let me know what it is going on with it, so I could make my plans by it:
 
Laxman Jhula, Tapovan Sarai, Tehri Garhwal
Rishikesh
Uttaranchal
India
Pin-249192
Phone-0135-2432939
01352442045
love eyal

Date: Sep 25, 2005 6:38 PM
Subject: hello!
*Hi family!
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.
Love
Eyal


Date: Sep 27, 2005 5:21 PM
Subject: hi!
Hello family!
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 that bad.
I hope that the camera will arrive soon and that we will get out of here.
love eyal


Date: Sep 29, 2005 6:26 PM
Subject: hi!
Hi family!
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 like it.
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 great.
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 money.
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 us
love eyal
p.s. how is Sylvia?

 


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Date: Oct 1, 2005 11:53 AM
Subject: CAMERA ARRIVED!!!!
Hi family!
The package had arrived today to Rhishikesh and we went to get, and everything is ok.
 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.
love eyal

Date: Oct 3, 2005 7:56 PM
Subject: happy new year!!
hi everyone!
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
love banin
p.s. kushi- u r my hero!!!!!


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Date: Oct 6, 2005 12:00 PM
Subject: hi!
*Hi family!
I hope 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.
We did 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.
Love
Eyal


Date: Oct 8, 2005 9:59 AM
Subject: hi!
Hi family!
How are u?
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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Date: Oct 10, 2005 5:21 PM
Subject: hi!
*Hi family!
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.
Naturally, the jeep didn't think that this is a good idea, and decided to
Break down!!!
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.
We then 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 of crying.
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.
Love
Eyal
P.S send my love to Michal, I will try to call in the hours she is up to talk to her.
 

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Date: Oct 14, 2005 4:11 PM
Subject: hi!
*Hi family!
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.
Love
Eyal


Date: Oct 17, 2005 4:51 PM
*Subject: haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!
Hi friends!
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 money!
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 us:
He put a brick in the car, without opening the window first!!! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
I 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
Love
Banin



Date: Oct 17, 2005 4:56 PM
Subject: hi!
*Hi family!
Today we 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 difficult.
Love
Eyal


Date: Oct 20, 2005 11:35 AM
Subject: hi!
Hi family!
The jeep is finally sold, for shitty money, but who cares.
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.
love eyal


Date: Oct 21, 2005 11:03 AM
Subject: hi!
hi family!
We bought a but ticket to the islands, and we are going to ko tau.
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,
love eyal


Date: Oct 24, 2005 3:14 PM
Subject: hello!
*Hi family!
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.
Love
Eyal
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 time.
 

Date: Oct 26, 2005 5:23 PM
Subject: hi!
hi family!
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.
mom- 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.
Love
Eyal
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 shipping.

 
Date: Oct 27, 2005 8:12 AM
Subject: Re: hi!
hi mom!
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 named krabi.
love eyal

Date: Oct 28, 2005 8:18 AM
Subject: hi!
hi mom!
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.
what do u think about it?
love eyal

Date: Oct 29, 2005 6:47 AM
Subject: hi!
hi family!
I am sure that mom have told about things.
I need your help.
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 things.
love eyal
p.s. still in rialay beach, things are really nice here.


Date: Oct 31, 2005 2:32 PM
Subject: hi!
Hi family!
I 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.
Love
Eyal

 


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Date: Nov 1, 2005 9:38 AM
Subject: hi!
hi family!
I didn't explain myself right.
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.
Love
Eyal


Date: Nov 4, 2005 2:26 AM
Subject: hi!
hi mom&alex!
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.
love eyal


Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 2:56 AM
Subject: hi!

Hi family!
We arrived 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.
I 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 great fun.
Love
Eyal


Date: Nov 4, 2005 11:21 AM
Subject: hi
hi mom!
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.
love eyal



Date: Nov 7, 2005 8:41 AM
Subject: hi!
hi mom Alex!
I 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 kitchen.
love eyal

Date: Nov 7, 2005 8:51 AM
Subject: hi!
hi mom!
I tried to call them at the bank and didn't get an answer!!!!.
I 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.
Please answer quickly.
love eyal


Date: Nov 7, 2005 3:46 PM
Subject: hi!
Hi mom!
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.
I hope that the fax will make them do things right.
Thank u for your help.
Love
Eyal


Date: Nov 9, 2005 10:34 PM
Subject: hi!
Hi family!
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 soon
Love Eyal


Date: Nov 12, 2005 12:49 AM
Subject: hi!
*Hi family!
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 February.
Love
Eyal
p.s. I haven't had time to work out things with the bank but I will do so shortly.



Date: Nov 17, 2005 6:02 AM
Subject: hi!
Hi family!
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 nice.

Love
Eyal

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  03.12.05
Hi, love!
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".

Love
Eyal




  18.12.05
Hi, love!
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.

Eyal


  20.12.05
Hi, love!
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.
Love,
Eyal

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