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682 acatastrophiccondition.Theword„highway“ probablyonlyrelatestoitsheight,andthe Touratechsuspensionofmymotorcyclewas onceagainabletodemonstrateitscapabili- ties.Thenmyroutepassedthroughthedesert ofRajasthanintheKutchregionintheIndian stateofGujarat.ThereIhadthegoodfortune ofmeetingtraditionallytattooedwomen fromfivedifferenttribes,within-depthdis- cussionsonthehistoryandfutureoftheirart andtheirtoolsfortattooing.Iwasalsogiven thehonorofbeingallowedtotattoooneof theseladies.Areportaboutmytripwaseven screenedontheeveningnewsoftheIndian television. Atthetimeofwritingthearticleaboutmytrip forthecatalog,Icontinuemytravelsthrough GujarattoMaharashtra,whereIwasinvited tomeettheConsulateGeneraloftheGerman representationinMumbai. TrafficinIndiaoutsidethesparselypopulated regionsofnorthernIndiaturnedouttobethe greatestriskfactoronthistrip.TrafficinIndia isunpredictableandthereforeextremely dangerous.EverydayIwasconfrontedwith situationswhichwouldbeunheardofon Europe‘sroads.IfmyluckholdstrueandI canmanagetotamethebiggestenemyofa traveller,namelybureaucracy,thenIshould bewellonmywaytoMyanmartomeet

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