… though, not permanently. This Friday I’m travelling up to Manchester for the Labour Party conference. I’m back on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning I’m flying to India.
My original plan was to go to New Delhi, buy a motorbike and ride it back all the way to London. I even had the visas sorted (to Pakistan and Iran). Last week I found out the Indian govt doesn’t allow foreign residents to buy vehicles and register it under their own names unless its for export (or something like that). In other words, I could have paid a bit extra to get the right paperwork, but it wouldn’t have worked in Europe. To travel across countries you need a document called the Carnet. Unfortunately, a Swiss authority not an Indian one controls that. So my trip back would have been illegal through Europe. Bastards.
Instead, I’m now going to backpack around India and then head to Pakistan after Eid (beginning of Oct). Don’t know where I’ll be going around India yet (I have a map, I usually just pick a city and catch a bus/train there). In Pakistan, for the first time, I’ll be going to Lahore and then travelling down to Karachi.
The upside to not being able to ride a motorcycle back is that I’m planning to come back earlier (13th Oct) and then flying to the United States a few days after. There, I plan to learn about how the Obama field operations work and what local organising has been going on (west coast).
So you’ll be reading more from the other Picklers, notably Shariq, Rumbold, Leon, Sid and Ala. If there are any disputes or major issues, then Leon is in charge. Otherwise, each writers is reponsible for their own words.
Update: If you want to contribute to PP, ask Rumbold.
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