I know it has been awhile since I completed a dare, however they are always in the back of my mind. To recap what is outstanding:
- For $100, my friend Bob wants me to get a photo with a topless girl.
- For $50, get my photo taken with a ladyboy in Thailand.
- For $30, Tim wants me to eat a scorpion.
- For $25, Dan wants me to ride a motorcycle in an obscene amount of traffic.
- For $200, my brother Jon wants me to get a tattoo.
It's quite possible that I can make a run at all of these once I arrive in Thailand come June! Keep 'em coming. Every time I talk about the dares, the eyes of other backpackers seem to light up. By far, the most discussed (and profitable) dare has been the one about the woman's arm around my shoulder.
Thank you to everyone who votes in the polls I set up in the right sidebar. I look at the results every few days to see what you think I should be doing.
In regard to the activity I should do after trekking, you now know I went with paragliding and rafting. By the time I got back to Kathmandu, base of Everest scenic flights, I was ready to stop big expenditures on activities and focus on local sights and souvenir-buying. Besides, I got a great view of Everest from my flight to Nepal!
As for your desire to see me head to India via bus, I know it'd be an adventure, however based on the stories I've heard, I'm taking a plane. No need to spend 2 days in transit and risk theft, vomiting, and bladder discomfort when I can get a 1-hour flight for about $150.
Once I get a new 3-month visa for India in Kathmandu, I'll immediately fly to Varanasi, India. A guy who just came from there said it was running about 105 degrees a day, so I expect to hang around just long enough to tour the ghats (to satisfy my morbid curiosity about public cremations) and take a cruise on the Ganges.
From Varanasi, I intend to take a train west to Agrah to see the Taj Mahal, before heading north to Delhi for a few days. From Delhi, I'll head further north to Rishikesh, ground zero for yoga and meditation in India (so I hear). Perhaps I'll join an ashram for a few days and try to learn some new yoga poses. And then it is up to Dharamsala, and the slightly higher McLeod Ganj, which is home to the Tibetan government in exile and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Depending on how I'm feeling, the weather, and money, I may push further north to Manali. And if I'm really up for an adventure, bus it up to Leh (elev. 3,500 meters / 11,500 feet) near the Indian Himalaya!