Nov. 30, 1975Dear Grandma, Uncle Bill, Aunt Mary & Rob,
Hi! So how does it feel to be back in the "sun shine state" again, Grandma? It is hard for me to believe that this time last year I was also there – struggling my way through school!
I've been in Calcutta for the last 2 days – will be going to Puri tonight at 8:00 pm & will get there tomorrow AM. The trains here are very comfortable – but I cannot say that for the buses. I went to Darjeeling & back on the bus. Took 15 hours 1 way and the only padding under me was my own!
I'm staying now at the Salvation Army Youth Hostel for women. It is very clean – well located just 2 blocks from the Oberoi-Grand. Also there is a bath-tub here – all for $1.20 – which includes a good breakfast!
At 1st Calcutta was too much for me – the beggars haunted me & the city itself scared me – but now – and I even find this hard to believe I'm beginning to like it. I've met many nice girls here at the hostel – also at the wedding I met alot of people so I've been busy visiting them – etc. I'm getting good at riding the tram. Only 20p. (about 3 cents).
Last night a man – father of man I met – read my palm – he said I would marry at age 33 – will have 3 children – the 1st will die at birth. That I will have a very successful career but that I'll never be rich because I spend too much. (THAT'S TRUE) Well – at least I didn't have to pay for it.
Please write me in Bombay – I'll be there 13th of Dec. to Christmas. I'd appreciate it if you would send me U.S. stamps – to give to people I meet here.
I'm learning some Hindi ––
Hello to John M & Aunt Sarah –