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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

International Postcard Swap for Families 2011



When was the last time you sent a postcard? Come to think of it, when was the last time you used the Postal Service? With the world becoming a much smaller place with the advent of the internet, even the phone is now getting redundant. Most of my friends these days are those I have met over the net and communicated with via one of the social networking sites.
Coming back to postcards, Samhith hardly even knows what a postcard is! Yes, he has seen them... considering that I buy picture postcards wherever I go, but beyond that, he doesn't really understand that we used to actually use them to communicate with our family and friends. Last month, their school took them to a post office, bought inland letters, made the kids write a letter to their moms, and posted it. He came home thrilled, wanting to see his letter at home. When I explained to him that it would take at least a couple of days to reach, he was surprised. Every single day after that, when he returned home, he asked for it, and when even after 4 days, the postcard didn’t arrive, he thought I had hidden it away! Thankfully, the letter arrived on the fifth day, and he was there to open it himself. I have rarely seen him so thrilled about something as simple as opening a letter. He brought out an old letter opener I thought I had hidden away from him, and ceremoniously opened it and read it before allowing me to read it too! I promised myself that I would make him send letters to others too, and cajole my cousins to sending him letters and cards too by the post, but that has yet to happen...

Meanwhile, I am participating in the International Postcard Swap for families 2011, conducted by Playing by the Book. They had a similar swap last year, which I missed narrowly. I have been eagerly looking forward to this year’s swap.

Playing by the book is a website dedicated to books, and that too kids books, which is what makes it really interesting for me. Over the last year that I have been reading their blog, I have become familiar with many of their regular readers and contributors, and this is a wonderful way to get in touch with them in a more personal manner.  For more details, check out their site or click on the link below…


Interesting, isn’t it? And it’s easy to sign up. All you need to do is to read the FAQs posted in the link above, and then send an email to Zoe. She will get back to you with the form where you have to give her your details, which will help her match you up with the other families. So those of you who read this, especially those with kids, go ahead and sign up and introduce your kids to the pleasure of sending and receiving postcards from across the world!

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