Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on April 26, 1965 · Page 8
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Algona teacher visits India Finds people there warm and friendly ' Mary Ways, /onncr teacher in the Alffona Community schools, is leaching school in Peshawar, Weal Pakistan. During the win- tcr break in December she toured ports of India, This is the letter with details of Ihe trip. It was cold when I loft Peshawar and not until 1 landed in Dacca, India did 1 feel warm. There was a Peace Corps Hostel with no charge for staying. It was a brand new house, typical of modern architecture there—three stories, wide open, balconies, curved walls and hallways. Visited with some other PC girls who had a house, played a little pool, made travel plans, rode in bicycle rickshaws, saw many gruesome beggars who apparently were purposely misshapen as children for begging, saw Lawrence of Arabia BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY Protect Profits with Insurance Put farm profit where weather can't reach . . . by insuring your .crops against loss due to weather, other damage. Check with us. BLOSSOM Insurance Agency 5-2735 Algona MARY HAYS and caught an early morning plane to Chittagong. With a group of friends in Chittagong we visited Captai, a U. S. dam project in a jeep. It was a beautiful drive and 1 should have gone on the boat into the hill tract but it was too late. We saw a bazaar with mon- jtrous big baskets for rice storage. These would have been ideal for kindergarten playhouses! We ate radishes and peanuts. On tlie way back we took one PC volunteer to his village post, the town where the biggest paper mill in the world is located. We drove off the main road through some deep holes into the bazaar, walked to the waters edge of the Karnaphnli river got into a sampan for a ride across and back. The houses have walls of woven bamboo slats, slanted roofs with long grass thatch. Much different from the mud huts of West Pakistan. Also found another use for the big baskets. One was set up over the edge of a bank, apparently with a hole in the bottom, forming an enclosed latrine, somewhat of an improvement over the usual indis- crimination. I STAYED two nights with two WHO nurses, that's World Health Organization, one from Sweden and one from California. They have a beautful apartment, are discouraged in the same ways about their work, have an electric toaster and had a lovely dinner party with an international .guest list in which 1 was included. A shrimp Coconut curry was one of the most delecatable dishes I've e\«r tasted. A second story view of Chittagong in full moonlight transformed the poverty, filth and malformatics into an exotic palm waving East. How deceiving. Chinese food and ice cream started in Chittagong too. I The next morning I left for Bankok. The landscape looked the same, many, many patches of various shades of green. Closer to Rangoon it became more wet. The Rangoon airport was beautiful, even showers in the restroom but it was almost impossible, to get into the city even with a 23 hour transit visa. They sent us through a very detailed customs line and in about Vfc hour, reversed the same process just to land in the airport. Arrived in Bangkok, airport 30 miles from the city and all the land wet and swampy. Culture shock in reverse, bustling place, limousines to take you into town—for $1—thats $1 U. S. —monstrous big station with all kinds of desks, airlines, etc., a very efficient customs and entry line. U. S. military information desk and general travel information was most courteous. Then into the fast moving traffic. It took my breath tor a minute. The traffic was heavy, no stop signs, but the Thai driv-' ers are capable and the vehicles in good condition. I went to the YWCA which was fairly close to the shopping area, inexpensive, new and I found some new to sightsee with every person day. THE PEOPLE are happy people, the men women botli are on the street, many in western skirts and and curry with my fingers, some bread pushing et. But they are messy, they mix it up with their fingers, play with it, toss It itt their mouth, everything spills off the plate and I really can hardly stand it. Such customs are similar in Pakistan. In fact there Is little difference between the countries in these respects. THE VILLAGES across the countryside were slant roofed, bamboo or other brush rather than mud, no surrounding compound wall generally and old established sort of places. In the south the men did not stare loo much, the further north the same old thing begins to happen. And I get so tired of being asked if I'm traveling alone! 1 Imally began to create a group of people I was meeting. There did seem to be a little more industrious feeling, not much and they no doubt have the advari- 8-AL&ONA (fawi) ADVANCt MONDAY, AFftii. 26, IMS puris fof lunch and tea. There will be sleeping rooms eventual' ly. Another train ride and then to the Taj Mahal in the twilight. 1 caught a cycle rickshaw as soon as arriving in. Agra—hot Delhi—and was glad there were few people around. The tour of various forts and the Taj the next day was too fast and too noisy. Went on to Delhi in a first, First class train, like any of the best at home, but the coal soot drited in all the same, Delhi Is a big city, the center on circular roads around a lit- tic park. The government emporium of handicrafts was fantastic and priced for tourist. The men along the street with wares spread on a blanket, shaded by canvas, sold a variety of items with fluctuating prices. Really one needs at least a week to see this city. . Couldn't stand in line long enough for a train ticket so I took a chance on plane cancellations, and with two Pakistani fellows got into the last three seats, this flight being one of take of an government. blouses, many in Chinese trousers, in sarongs which look like a long skirt and no one staring. How wonderful and free it felt! There was no zoning here either but the shops looked like those, at home, although you find any In Calcutta the rickshaws are pulled by men, on foot. I saw horns on the cows painted red, I suppose so they could be found more easily. The country was like the gumpy, sometimes flat, bushy woods on the west side of the road toward Min friendly burn, Iowa. The Indian dress for and nen is the dhootvsix yards of fine white cloth wrapped around much as a sari on the bottom, the front loose end is taken back older established the few times the plane was full | The trip ended with another three dimensional kind of shop next all over the city. to another, I ate food, shopped for silk, went to the Grand Palace, scene of The King and I, although the movie was shown only once in Thailand because it contradicts their beliefs in some places. Went on a river tour and saw the floating market, women with their produce in sampans, the beautiful bananas, and people washing the river, and the long Royal barges clothes in long long that are taken out once a year in October for the Royal party to take some offering to the Buddhist temple of Dawn, and also new robes for the monks. The young monks are seen all over the city with their shaved heads and their saffron—^bright orange—robes and shoulder bags out gathering up food, legal begging, for the monastery. The first night I was there, I went for a walk down the street and wandered into an Just Arrived Nifty Nautkals Tfiere Is Triple Fashion Appeal in These Three-Piece Sets '2 Ahoy, Matey! Have you ever seen such nifty nauticals for the skipper set? Jn Surftone Chambray or navy or white with red, they're stunning! A real smashing success with 3 to 6X and 7 to 14 girls . . . especially when ± g* they know these sets have both shorts S % and deck pants. " qj) Children's Department — 2nd Floor open doored church for the last part o( their Christmas Choral program, thank goodness because that's really about all of traditional Christmas there was. Christmas Eve I went to bed early in the PC hostel. Had a Christmas breakfast at the PC representatives, a good dinner at the Rama hotel, (glazed chestnuts) and caught the plane bound for Calcutta along with the USAF teachers from Peshawar. The plane was decorated, holiday spirit especially among the crew, another superb Christmas dinner, and I rode in the cockpit for awhile. What a mass of instrumentation! Pilots were two pleasant middle-aged Englishmen. STAYED IN an expensive, but old hotel in Calcutta with the teachers. Took a tour of the very grubby place. Our guide told about being a Brahman and her boyfriend the class lower, and their families won't let them marry. She was probably a well educated woman. Saw a temple of the Jains, a Hindu sect, business people, successful and a very old group incidently. Saw Tagore's home. Bargained and bought a double headed drum, cheap. Talked, or rather 1 waited while a kind Indian fellow talked, and eventually got a train ticket, 2nd class, across India. The trains are coal burning, they are also divided into square compartments with three or four benches and a bench up high for luggages. Capacity 12, had as many as 23 one night which wouldn't be bad except each has a great big bedding bundle, maybe a foot locker and a food basket. The coal dust filters in and it is filthy and they look about like cattle cars. They do bring you food to eat, ordered of course, on a little tin tray, when the train stops at one station. Then the little man comes back at the next station and picks up the "empties". So 1 decided to order one day and we didn't communicate too clearly (incidently my Urdu passed for Hindi all the way across India) so they | brought English food, like ours ' only it was lousily prepared and expensive. The Indians were i paying Rs. 1.50 and 1 had to ipay Rs. 4.50. So there after 1 , ate Indian food, rice, chippati through the legs and tucked in at the waist line making a flimsy sort of baggy trouser look. In the restaurants there were two menus, one labeled vege» tarian and the other labeled' non-vegetarian. I was filthy when I got to Bombay, my roommate wasn't there so I went with a consulate secretary, stayed in her plush apartment for a shower only— at first, but eventually over' night. I caught a first class train, arranged by American Express, to Galgeon, a little village. Left my first class car early in the morning and caught a local bus across the train :'statiui1 to go to Ajanta Caves. The windows on the bus were covered with canvas, rolled up if you wanted to see or buttoned down if the wind was brisk, which it was. The Ajanta caves are car-' ved in the side of a rock mountain by Buddhist monks aboilt the time of Christ. These big rooms, the size of auditoriums or cathedrals, are beautifully decorated with watercolor paintings of the story of Buddha, remarkable to even exist after centuries of being under sand. The government is making this, a National park, has built a rest house there. We had cauliflower curry and delicious India panorama through scattered cloud puffs to the green farmed squares below and to my home in Peshawar, West Pakistan. Bode girl will begin work in Chicago store Bode — Jo Ann Welter was home a few days at the parental Emil Welter's. She spent several days in Chicago where plans were made to begin working at Marshall Field in January after graduation at Iowa City. ATTEND FUNERAL Mrs. Harold Skaugstad, Alvin Bakken, the Walter Bakkens, F. Bakkens, Norman Bakken, Bradgate, the Andrew Lees, Mrs. Myrtle Anderson, Hum- flown to Chicago, Washington, D. c. and this last week to Us Vegas, Nev, fof job interviews. They called at Martha and Edna ChrlStiafl$6n9 Saturday, The ftobert Van Sickles, Galva, also visited the parental John Chris- tiansens. Harold Skaugstad is a medical patient at Lutheran hospital, Fort Dodge. Ole Jacobson, Denver, Colo/, former Bode resident, now a traveling salesman, spent Easter visiting friends. He Was a guest of the Sam Thorslands. Thelma Thorsland spent Easter vacation at home. Melody Hansen, student at Cedar Falls, spent her Easter vacation with her parents, the Royal Hansens. Larry Torgersoh, Minneapolis, was home over Sunday. The Dr. Abens family, Osage, were Easter guests of his parents, the Laurence Abens. The Guy Olsons, Monmouth, 111., were weekend guests at the parental Thor Olson's. Saturday evening 30 relatives came for Thor's birthday. Out of town guests were from Pocahontas and Gildfield. The Orren Olsons, Guy Olsons and Thor Olson had Easter dinner at Kroff's r M *rY¥iinrvwtnnnniinnnAiuij cafe. The Ed krauses, Kenosha, wls., former fesidefltJ, were te> cent guests of the Vernie Falun* boldt, Mrs. Albert Opheim and Mrs. Allen Olson attended funeral services for Mary' Cowan at the Congregational church in Algona Tuesday. 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