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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Tirunelveli July 15th 2014

We have all arrived safe and sound and are getting ready for our first night at the deaf school. We are all absolutely shattered but are planning on getting an early night so that we are ready to start the project bright and early tomorrow morning. Students will hopefully be updating the blog now on a regular basis so please keep looking to find out what we are getting up to! ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur July 15th 2014

I have now been separated from my friends and family for one month. I am entering my 4th week of being in India, and I have exactly 30 days until I go home. In the time I have been here and for the remainder of my stay one fact will be the most true. I am a foreigner. There are no ways about it. I am white. I have brown straw hair. My eyes are a mix of green and silver. My beard grows down to my neck. My skin is somewhere between pale and pale. I have reflective sunglasses. I walk around with a backpack. I dress in western clothing. I stand out. Living in America, especially on a college campus, I am used to walking down the street amongst a wide variety of physical ... read more
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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Tirunelveli July 15th 2014

Hi guys, We have finally, after a 32 hour journey, arrived at the deaf school in Tirunelveli. The plane journeys went like clockwork however after arriving in Trivandrum we ended up waiting at the airport for another 4 hours waiting for the coach which did eventually turn up…9 hours later…when we had already left. This did however allow us to get an eye opening experience of an Indian taxi driving on Indian roads. We have never heard so much beeping in our lives and the way these guys drive is incredible (incredibly scary). We arrived at our destination at about 1ish and although we were all completely knackered we were pleasantly surprised. We had lunch and ate like kings, surprise surprise it was rice and curry. We are certainly getting used to this after having it ... read more

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Hyderabad » Secunderabad July 13th 2014

"People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway. People favour underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway. Give the world the best you have and you’ll ... read more
Gurukulapatashala School
Streets of Hyderabad
Urban Primary Health Center

Asia » India » Rajasthan July 12th 2014

I am Sooo exited about my upcoming Rajasthan trip in September - October this year that words are not enough to describe my zeal and enthusiasm. This is such a long awaited tour that I can't believe that it is finally going to happen. I have read stories about Rajasthan, it's kings, palaces, beautiful princesses, bravery, beauty and food for years and years. I am totally awed by this amazing place and it's beautiful people. It leads the other Indian States in the way it has developed tourism . There is so much information which can be gathered on the Internet but the magic of actually seeing it myself will be awesome. Of course travelling with me is my lovely family including my husband Parag and my 2 amazingly lively kids. My enthusiasm I am sure ... read more

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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Vellore July 12th 2014

It has now been 5 weeks since I left the UK and started my summer of volunteer work in India with ICS and Restless Development. So far there have been ups and downs, frustrations and challenges but I am pleased with the work we have achieved within the local communities and hope to build on this over the coming months. Life in India this time around is very different to my holiday in the North four years ago. For a start the Tamil Nadu region feels like I'm in a different country especially with the different language. While we had a few Tamil lessons during training I have only managed to master a few basic words and sentences and being understood is a real effort. Sign language and mime help but the difficulty is exacerbated by ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur July 11th 2014

*Side note* Okay so during this blog I talk about being sick, missing certain foods, and going to animal aid. Based on the pictures I am posting it was a complete coincidence that in the paragraph I talk about how much I miss 5 Guys that it is surrounded by pictures of baby cows. I don't control where the pics go. I don't mean to make anyone mad! I love baby cows! But I also love 5 Guys! I'm doing my best! We are keeping it short today because today I want to talk about being sick. For this blog I am talking about staying healthy in India. If there is one thing I have learned it is that sickness is not avoidable. As much as we are told about not drinking unfiltered water, eating smaller ... read more
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Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Gwalior July 9th 2014

Madhya Pradesh beckons…the heart of incredible India! On a longish weekend, we set out from New Delhi to the hitherto unexplored Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh (MP). A 50-minute ATR flight from Delhi's swanky airport terminal, T-3 brought us to the dusty, dreary city of Gwalior leaving us breathless as we savoured the sights and stories of its royal past. Thanks to the net, we had booked ourselves in the hotel, Tansen Residency, a mid-budget property owned by MP Tourism located on Mahatma Gandhi Road quite close to the railway station. The hotel offers 12 AC deluxe suites and 24 double-bed accommodations. The AC room with attached toilet allotted to us was quite spacious facing a well manicured garden of the hotel. MP Tourism scores much better than the average state-run tourist lodges especially for their ... read more
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Saas-Bahu ki Mandir at Gwalior Fort
Heritage buildings at Jayaji Chowk, Gwalior

Asia » India » Pondicherry July 9th 2014

The catch line of the tourism ad was enticing indeed – ‘Give time a break’! For harried souls like us, it was an invitation to eternal bliss. So as the kids ‘called it a day’ for their annual exams, we headed straight to Pondicherry, fondly called Pondy and now more authentically, Puducherry – take your pick! The road journey from Chennai to Pondicherry stretching about 150 Kms. is simply excellent. Cruising along the ECR (East Coast Road) and playing hide & seek with the Bay of Bengal, almost after an hour of leaving Chennai we stopped short of Mamallapuram. Hotel Mamalla was a good choice for breakfast with piping hot masala dosa & idli served with the quintessential sambar. Thanks to Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the temples at Mamallapuram appear well cared for. Especially the ... read more
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Chariots of Pandavas -Mamallapuram
Pondicherry-Heritage Buildings


We had just settled in for a leisurely dinner at Megapode Retreat, Port Blair and the local travel agent dropped a bombshell…we are booked for the trip to Havelock Island next morning. The travel agent was quite firm, “Sir, the ferry leaves at 6.30 sharp…my car will fetch you all at six o’clock from the hotel lobby”. It was quite a disturbing thought…getting up by 5.00 in the morning. Considering we just landed at Port Blair the same day by a flight, which had left Kolkata at an ungodly hour of 5.00 AM, we almost hated the idea! The bright & sunny morning next day dispelled a lot of our worries and saw us rushing towards the jetty for inter-island ferries leaving from Phoenix Bay of Port Blair. We boarded MV Kamorta, a ship sailing from ... read more
Ship Kamorta docked at Havelock
Dolphin Resort, Havelock Island
Mangrove near Havelock Jetty




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