Saturday, June 20, 2009

So what's the plan?

With so little time left you would think the next month or two would be figured out. . . maybe a hotel or two, what trains to take etc.

Different approach, we have nothing planned. The only thing we really want to get to see is the solar eclipse.

Hopefully by the 22nd we'll be in Varanasi, India along with many other travelers to view this spectacle. According to Christina Koukkos of The New York Times:

"I saw my first total solar eclipse in Hungary in 1999, at just past noon on a clear summer day. My friend Tamás and I were visiting his parents in Zánka, a village on the shore of Lake Balaton, and as the time drew near we stood chattering in the backyard, expectant but, as seems clear now, unprepared.

As the moon obscured more and more of the sun, the sky darkened to a shimmering violet. Cicadas, confused by the noontime dusk, began calling out their evening song. The temperature dropped. A breeze kicked up. When the eclipse was total, I removed my special eclipse glasses — essential for viewing the eclipse phases safely — casually looked up at the sun, and staggered back a little, my brain reeling.

The transformation of reality in a total solar eclipse is indescribable. I was mesmerized, disoriented, shocked, as if I had slipped through a wormhole to an alternate universe. I was the unwitting star of a “Twilight Zone” episode.

Mere minutes later, the sun peeked back out from behind the moon and all was familiar again. As suddenly as it had begun, my first total solar eclipse was over. But, like thousands of others around the world, I was hooked."

After that, I'm not really sure if any words or pictures will justify a description, but I'll let you know how it goes when it happens. . .

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