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Asia » India » Karnataka » Manipal January 5th 2013

5 January 2013 So many things happen each day that it is hard to keep track of them all and write them in the blog, especially when we don’t have wifi to keep updating it! If anybody wants a real and honest account they will have to ask to read my personal diary when I get home! Today has mainly consisted of food and learning. The Indian people are so friendly and hospitable that they insist on feeding us, a lot of food, all of the time. Much more than we are used to, including breads and potatoes for breakfast! We have all agreed that although the food is lovely, unless we start to say no, we will all come back much heavier than when we arrived. I was lucky enough to visit the Manipal Institute ... read more
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Dancing at Asare Centre

Asia » India » Karnataka » Manipal January 5th 2013

Just to prove we haven't hidden Angie in a cupboard somewhere here are a few photos of her taken today at the Asare School. We have all been looking after each other, but we won't let Angie be in charge of the presentation clicker again!!! :) Asare School is for mentally challenged people and is sponsored heavily by the Rotary Club in Manipal and was set up as a joint initiative with Manipal University. Children and young adults live here permanently and have lessons and recreation time together. They also make synthetic roses and plates to sell and raise money for the school. The vocational training offered allows some people to go on and lead independant lives and find a job. It was originally set up by Jai Vittal - Estate Manager at Manipal University and ... read more
Angie admiring the synthetic flowers made at Asare School

Asia » India » Karnataka » Manipal January 5th 2013

As ever here in India there has been LOTs of food and I managed to have 5 meals today!!! My stomach is ready to burst!!! I had a very large breakfast this morning which consisted of: - bowl of cereal - 2 dosas (pancakes) with coconut chutney - 1 omlette - 2 slices of toast - glass of lyche juice - cup of tea Normally I don't have time for any breakfast back in the UK so this is a lot of food for me and could last me all day! Today we started our vocational visits and Rtn. Shetty picked me up at 8.15am (early rise for me on a Saturday!!!) and took me to visit Kajane Agricultural Farm. I met Natraj Hegde who is a very forward thinking 2nd generation farmer/businessman who grows coconuts, ... read more
Areca nut tree on Kajane Farm
Mangosteen and Rambutan products
Tile factory

Asia » India » Karnataka » Manipal January 4th 2013

4 January 2013 So much has happened today that it’s hard to know where to start! I was woken up by a mixture if dogs barking, train going over the bridge and chanting or praying from a nearby home. We experienced Indian time when the plans and timings changed, something which is common here but makes everything feel laid back and relaxed. We have a bus to use for the duration of the trip and our driver Nagaraj is to take us into the city of Mangalore. As we are driving in, we are able to see lots of things we missed yesterday. It is amazing that there is so much wealth and poverty living side by side. I have seen wealth before and I have seen poverty before, but never both so close together without ... read more
Wedding meal
Wedding car
Udupi Temple




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