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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai June 21st 2011

From what I can tell on the airlines website, the flight from London arrived safely at 3:31am (Chennai time). Keep in mind that India is 9.5 hours AHEAD of us. So happy to know the team is safe on the ground! Now on to Trivandrum! Love to the Team, Jen W... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai June 13th 2011

Colombo to Chennai We started our trip to Chennai in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The city bus was a full 2 hours from downtown Colombo, and dropped us 1km from the airport, so after running with our luggage at 9:00pm to a Tuk Tuk who went painfully slow down the dark road to the airport, we finally checked in and got on the plane by 10:00pm. The flight didn't land in Chennai until around midnight. We had a sense of where we wanted to go, but nothing concrete. We figured we'd go somewhere downtown, central, so we could see the sights, etc. Trung has a couple of hotel names ready to give the cabbie. Chennai At the Chennai airport there are several prepaid cabbie companies offering rides for about 400 rupees to go somewhere downtown. The alternative ... read more
Cute cat! Moments before I stepped in poop for the first time.
Chennai Streetscape
Chennai railway station. SO India!

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai June 8th 2011

Day four. Man oh man is india different! Yesterday going through the city was so interesting. First off the traffic. Man oh man. Basically how it works is the bigger guy has the right away. So pedestrians are bottom of the totem pole. Luckily, my aunt has a good driver, who is super funny and nice as well. He can handle my aunts crazy sense of humor. Its nuts, one minute you look and there is poverty and people living on the street, and a building that looks as if it might collapse its so old and ruined; and the next to it there is a brand new building that is bright and shinny. Most of theses buildings are north american companies, like Levi's Jeans or Puma. The power goes out all the time, and simple ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai June 7th 2011

Day two. Or three. Either way it is my first morning here! My aunt has 6 dogs that all attacked me once I got into the house. They have the cutest little blue house on olive beach! We have already been down to the beach, and I can't believe the size of the waves. Coming in late last night, I have not seen everything yet. but my aunt does feed a bunch of dogs that live outside so I will see some more sights soon!! ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai June 5th 2011

Day one. Well sort of. I'm sitting in YYC in Calgary waiting for my flight. 18 hours of flying by myself. Here to Frankfurt then off to Chennai! Sitting here the anticipation is driving me crazy. I have never been so far away from home in my life, nor spent this much time with my aunt. I haven't even meet my uncle yet!! Even though I am meeting my family there, I feel like I am traveling alone. It is a very weird feeling. Freedom but at the same time nerves. I have no clue what to expect, except extreme culture shock. I started thinking and planning this trip over a year ago, when I met my aunt for the first time (Christmas 2009). So much has changed since then except this dream to make my ... read more

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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai June 5th 2011

Chennai was not necessarily going to be a port of call. As I hadn't planned my route back to Mumbai, it felt as though I was steering down the barrel, with the train back to Mumbai (Bombay) having been booked out for the previous three months and flights not looking much better. As Mumbai is on the opposite side of India this represented a problem and at one stage it seemed as if my best option was going to be to take several buses over the coming three days. That was until I walked into the train station. Equipped with a modern, clean and comfortable foreigner section, I strolled in to the air conditioned room and bought a ticket using the quota system they have for foreigners. SO what I had spent hours trying to do ... read more
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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai March 26th 2011

After an uneventful night on the train we arrived in Chennai early in the morning. I got a bit of culture shock returning to a big city and seeing the intense poverty and pollution of Chennai. We checked into our hotel and ate our share of some dodgy Indian style Western food we decided to do some exploring of the city. We walked to Chepauk Stadium and collected our cricket tickets then jumped on the train to go to Kapaleeshwarar Temple. The temple was very impressive with a lot of colour and movement going on. We then wandered to San Thome Cathedral, which houses the tomb of St Thomas, one of the twelve apostles. We then walked down to the beach which was apparently hit hard in the 2004 tsunami. With everything going on in Japan, ... read more
Man outside Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Brettie eating some yummy watermelon
San Thome Cathedral in the background

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai March 7th 2011

Place: Chennai, India MARCH 6th--- Here I am. I’m in India. Wow! So I’ll run through my first day with you…so around 7:30 I am looked out my window and saw land in the distance. Crazy part is that the air had a thick line of dirt in it…so I knew we were getting close. My room started smelling like rotten eggs…gross! But I decided to be optimistic and not think about it. I determined the best thing to wear was safe attire. I wore long leggings, a plain white Hanes t-shirt and sneakers. I only brought money, my ship id and my passport and put it all in my money belt. After breakfast, we had customs and immigration. My passport is starting to look really cool. I have all my visas and stamps filling out ... read more
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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai February 16th 2011

The decision was rather sudden, and probably had no rational thought behind it whatsoever, and yet it felt perfectly right at the moment. Maybe it's something to do with the end of the year syndrome... everyone wants to start the year with a bang... with something new, something different, something that marks the beginning of a new year for them. Some choose parties, some choose drives and I was among those who choose a vacation. But the decision to choose Chennai was rather odd, because I was looking at going to Goa or some place like that... not that I have any regrets, in fact it was one of the best vacations I have had in a long time... After a rickety and bumpy bus ride, I got down at my destination with a stiff back ... read more
Yummy Coconut Pudding

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai December 26th 2010

Chennai Day 2 - First day of tour! After what seemed like an eternity I arrive in Chennai and the start of my journey. The hotel is reasonable but the level of poverty, dirt, dust, grime, smells etc that overwhelm all the senses is just impossible to describe! I met the rest of my group and it is a pretty mixed bunch - English, Aussie, Kiwi, German - even a Lithuanian! The diversity of ages is pretty broad as well, the youngest being 22 and the oldest at 61, but so far the introductions have gone well. My travelling buddy is a Kiwi girl, Holly, who we have decided is my long lost twin sister - only separated by location, time, space..... we are very similar people (almost SPOOKILY so!) and it should be interesting to ... read more




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