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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore April 17th 2011

We left you in the fort town of Kochin, an oasis of European flavoured, if very humid, calm. A very nice town but not an exciting one, we spent most of our time in cafes and tea shops watching the world go by. Shortly we trained our way to the town of Allepey slightly to the south, chatting on route to a middle aged Indian lady who had been in Channai to get a visa to visit her kids in America who told us about the Catholic church in Kerela. If there is one attractionsouth India is famous for, its the Kerelan Backwaters. So with as little ado as we could we hoped on a small chartered boat with with an Englishman we'd picked up at the hostel and spent a very pleasant morning weaving our ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore April 11th 2011

10.April 2011 Reisebericht Nr.1 So, nach nun fast 3 Wochen unterwegs sein habe ich Zeit und Muse um meinen ersten Bericht zu schreiben. Die erste Woche diente einfach dem Ankommen, den ganzen Veränderungsstress hinter mir zu lassen und mich umzustellen auf Sonne und vor allem Wärme pur. Das erste Ziel nach der Ankunft am Flughafen Dabolim von Goa hieß Palolem. Während der Hochsaison zwischen Dez. und Feb. mittlerweile schon sehr überfüllt war es jetzt Ende März wundervoll ruhig und optimal. Wir fanden eine hübsche kleine Hütte direkt am Strand und das Rauschen der Wellen ließ uns die ersten beiden Nächte unruhig schlafen, doch nach kurzer Zeit waren wir daran gewöhnt und ich genoss die Kraft und den Klang des Meeres jeden Abend als ich im Bett lag. Als die Sonne unserer vom Winter geschwächten Haut zu ... read more
Palolem Beach
Krishna Tempel Hampi
Vitthala Tempel Hampi

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Banashankari April 2nd 2011

Having had a very disjointed night’s sleep on the train courtesy of our cabin mate the Indian lumber jack, I looked out the window, and surprise surprise saw more rubbish littering the line of the tracks. It was 6.30am and soon we would arrive in Bangalore City Junction station. It was time to mentally prepare myself for all the pleasures of the typical Indian city, the tour agents, hagglers, rickshaw drivers, all in sundry after a piece of my currency. By now I feel I have mastered the ability to be courteous and entertaining to them, yet stay firm and numb to their obvious poverty. I will never treat any person like a dog, yet I’m no Mother Teresa. Storm and I ventured off in hunt of a internet cafe, but being so early on a ... read more
strays

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore March 19th 2011

You know, it is strange, but traveling on your own takes it out of you. And there comes a time you fed up of seeing dirt and garbage in the streets or seeing people just throwing it out of the train into nature, or having beggars following you all the time and Rickshaw drivers asking for three times the amount a journey would normally cost. If you face a troubled stomach on top of that, the culture shock is at its worst and you start hating everything around you. Especially getting into contact with people is so difficult as you never know what their intentions may be. In the end you get suspicious of everyone. BUT! I turned the corner now! I am so happy. Words cannot express how I feel right now. Because I have ... read more
Criket Mania
Bangalore
Bangalore

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore March 15th 2011

phheeewww, I finally got over health problems. You know, even if you just have stomach problems, it should not be too difficult. But if you have them in India, with hot and sticky weather it is just awful!!! We were staying in Mysore in this very nice hostel. After seeing the Maharadsha Palace, we had been to the temple on the top of the mountain the following day and we went to the Brindavan Gardens the next day. The usually film Bollywood movies there. Then we went to a restaurant and had dinner and did something we should not have done. We ordered fruits with ice cream. The ice cream was fine, but you should never order cut up fruit, not even in restaurants! And that was a mistake. All was still fine when we came ... read more

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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore February 13th 2011

It was a bit of a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit Pyramid Valley, the "biggest meditation pyramid in the world" off Kanakapura Road. The parents had started getting a bit bored, and after the stresses of last week, I was ready for a little meditative therapy myself. We started off 15 minutes late as usual (I never can seem to get ready on time!). Left home (which is in JP Nagar 4th Phase) at 9.15. Our driver was driving, naturally - I don't have the guts to face Bangalore traffic! Cruised down Outer Ring Road, through the newly built and colorfully illustrated underpass at 15th cross. Really - is this what they took about 2.5 years to build? Down the road to where we turned into Kanakapura Road. Much of the middle of the road is taken ... read more
Meditation Pyramid
Shiva Pavilion

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Banashankari January 30th 2011

I pick up my bags, take a deep breathe and head to the door. Father Joe prepared us, too, for what we will encounter outside and exactly where Father Nelson will be waiting for me. I've been told to look left upon exiting the door. I expect to be greeted by a swarm of taxi drivers and hotel workers offering to transport me just as my friends and I were when we arrived in Costa Rica last year. One of my fellow India pilgrims said that the first moment outside the airport into another country is often the most delirious. It certainly was in Costa Rica. But as I walk out the door into India, I am greeted not by a throng of taxi drivers, but by darkness and a cool breeze. A barricade keeps the ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 30th 2011

Lalbaug Flower Show, Bengaluru The past week, while I was uploading my South Africa-Zimbabwe travelblogs on Sulekha from Mumbai, Avi was in Bengaluru, on office work. He managed to visit the annual Lalbaug Flower Show during one evening and take photos. Here is a treat for your eyes from his camera. ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Banashankari January 30th 2011

Just before the plane descends, I make a quick trip to the bathroom. I've sat in the middle seat on every flight and hate to disrupt my fellow passengers in order to get out - particularly the young, serious man sitting beside me who boarded the plane in Paris. Though we sit nearly touching, we haven't spoke a word the entire trip. I did hear his voice right before take-off as he concluded a phone call with someone I somehow suspect was his mother, or a lover. "Ciao!" "Ciao" "Ciao!" he bellowed before hanging up. I had a feeling he needed his space and decided against aimless small talk. I settled into my seat again only to remember that I needed to get my backpack from the overhead bin to ready my passport for customs. I ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 29th 2011

I fell into a complete slumber the minute I boarded the Air France plane for India. My request for a vegetarian meal prompted an immediate delivery right in the middle of my snooze. I fumble with my tray table, trying to pull it down, but can't figure it out. A kindly Indian nun reaches over to help me. I feel ridiculous, but tell myself I'm just tired. I manage a few forkfuls, before the highly efficient French attendants whisk away my tray. I flip through a magazine, try to read a little of the new David Sedaris and develop a full-blown sciatia cramp. I'm hitting the wall. I try to listen to music or some podcasts, but the earphones don't seem to fit the new I-Pad, or I can't make them work. I have no idea ... read more




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