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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

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

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

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai October 23rd 2010

Rick Shaw Challenge Oct 12 - 22, Chennai to Hyderabad Oct 14, 2010 _ Chennai India - 33degrees Celsius We safely arrived in Chennai just before midnight without any problems! The flight was smooth, the food was amazing and of course having the advantage of going Business allowed us to be well rested! Arriving in Chennai, we already sense the chaos that will await us outside the airport. We immediately recognize the "Crazy Canucks" sign and welcoming team, Princley and Ahmed who take us straight to our hotel about 20 minutes away. We've been booked into Comfort Motel in Egmor, a sub-burb of Chennai. Clean and welcoming. October 15, 2010 Up and ready to welcome India! Because we drove in at night to our hotel, we both anxiously looked outside the window to take it in. ... read more
Temple in Chennai
Our first visit to Bengal Bay
THe first time we saw our Rick Shaw - We love it

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai October 20th 2010

Najboljsi nacrt je - brez nacrta. Tako sem nocoj kljub vsemu pristala v Chenaiu. In to po kaksnem spletu dogodkov ... Zakaj sem se odlocila za odhod v Chenai? Za stos, in ker je vedno dobro poznati se kaksnega dodatnega cloveka kje, ki ga morda kdaj potrebujes. In ker je zihr zihr. Vlak imam sicer ob petih popoldne, ampak bolje, da sem tam ze nocoj, kot pa da hitim jutri ... Zjutraj sem sla se na zadnji zajtrk v Indian Delights, kakopak na (ghee) doso in kavo. Potem nazaj k Robu, da spakiram svojo kramo, nato pa sem ujagala rikso (ker sem bila pozna, pa se totalno vroce je bilo) do Daily Bread, kjer sva se spet dobila s Sukritom. Tokrat nama je narocil chicken Chettinad (kjer Chettinad zajema tole regijo in pomeni dokaj pekoco hrano), ... read more

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