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"By morning I felt much brighter and clear headed. I was awoken by the racing engines of what sounded like army tanks going by on the road outside. As I examined the room in daylight I felt a twinge of guilt that my extravagant thirst for adventure had burdened a hospital with such scant resources. The windows had no glass, instead iron bars were set into the crumbling masonry like a nightmarish asylum: only the morning sunshine on the garlands of flowering weeds in the yard outside lifted the mood of despair . The floor of the ward was a patchwork of flagstones and cement whilst wiring of various antiquity snaked across the ceiling and down the walls to missing appliances. In the adjoining room a dripping tap filled a plastic bucket with water to flush the toilet. I felt very humble."

Excerpt from 'See you in Leh' the book by Alistair Baird

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