November 21, 2018 (Madurai, India) Aravind has many visitors and they treat them graciously, providing housing in the Aravind guest house, with driver services to where we needed to go. Traffic seems tame compared with Dhaka, but there's plenty of cow-dodging, pot-hole swerving, and eluding tuk-tuks/bikes/pedestrians that a driver is a must. Those guys have quick reflexes, drive aggressively with a defensive approach using their horns to communicate with any potential casualty. The house isn't far from the main Aravind campus, but they insisted on driving us - nobody wants a guest lost or injured on their shift! The house provided breakfast lunch and dinner except on Sundays and had laundry services for a fee. There was internet service (most of the time) and good air conditioning. The rooms were large, beds comfortable and hot showers. Overall very pleasant place to stay. I enjoyed walking barefoot in the house (shoes not allowed) on the warm marble floors.
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