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The bakers.

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Visiting one of Mumbai's slums was top on our list of things to do. We'd heard stories of hope and perseverance; of people building life from a few pieces of cardboard, corrugated steel and plastics. In fact, on our boat trip down the Amazon we met a Spaniard who had lived in a Mumbai slum and made a film about the fight over land. Over the course of his experience with the slum's inhabitants he ... View Essay »

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We went to an "unconference" with our yoga teacher, Devang, a few weeks back about two hours outside of Mumbai (read: only about 100km). I wanted to tell you all about it, but, well, I had way too much homework at the time (I think I was memorizing the alphabet or some such) and then, well, I felt like I was in school again! 

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I don't remember the last time I saw red ink!

(Namaste. Mai Anjali hoon.) We finished our second Hindi class on Friday with our professor, Sanjay, who's family owns a nearby school. While we were aiming for conversational, he's assured us it's important to master the letters. So far we've memorized the main letters (he taught a core 36), vowels, learned how to pronounce them, and then learned ways of joining them together. So while we didn't expect to memorize the syllabary in four days, you never can tell with language, can ya? In our mind, it's been helpful, as reliance on romanized characters would have been confusing when we learning the pronunciation. More on all of this Hindi stuff later.

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We searched, found, chainsawed, mauled, felled, axed, sorted and stacked. Getting wood for fire over a period, like a season, is sort of mind-blowing. Yet trees provide just about every thickness a fire will consume as it grows - from the root of their trunks all the way to those spindly sticks that hold leaves. Imagine if you could measure 3 weeks worth of meals in wood. Well, we're prepared for rain - and right now - we hope this is the last word on wood.

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Our log splitting area is starting to look like a blast zone

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I split'em, you fit'em

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Maul II: Revenge of the Sliver