Today is a rest day as I’m not feeling all that well. Whether it was the exertion from the climb yesterday, or the lowered immunity catching up on me, I feel like a stale piece of toast. I have a constant feeling of nauseousness, with no indication of any type of purge about to take place (wish it would). The nausea was helped somewhat when Denise (lovely woman from Northern England) provided me with a couple of charcoal tablets to kill any nasties.
It’s still been extremely difficult for me to sleep, particularly because I just can’t breathe through my nose at night – something about the night air here & the continuing sand dune blockage in my nasal passages. Mouth breathing is not something I’m at all partial to – makes my already extremely dry lips resemble a dried up river bed. I’ve also started back on the Altitude Sickness Homoeopathy, just in case. Peter (from Belgium) has been in Leh the same amount of time as I have & has had a nasty dose of altitude sickness, ending up twice in the (not at all clean) hospital.
I grabbed some (much needed) sleep through the day, mixed in with a good dose of reading. Today’s reads were ‘The Diamond Sutra’ (Buddhist book) & Herman Hesse’s ‘Siddhartha’ – adding quite a bit of contemplative fodder to my ongoing self-enquiry. Also a huge change from my voracious consumption of ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy which I lapped up & finished yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be feeling better enough to venture downtown for a spot of tourist shopping & lunch at this great French restaurant I keep hearing about – ‘Bon Appetit’.