India 2010

a trip by Paul Joseph Drielsma
From: February 3rd 2010
Until: ongoing

Left Australia Feb 2 - travelling until March 3 - then report to Delhi India VSO office for 1 month orientation before going to Bhubaneswar Orissa for work with NGO
Trip Length: 10 years
Blog Entries: 163
Photos: 1486
Words: 158196

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
February 3rd 2010 India at last! Phew! Asia
February 8th 2010 Why I love India #2 (or a funny thing happened to me on the way to the castle ruins!) Asia
February 18th 2010 Kolyat Rajasthan Asia
February 18th 2010 Deshnoke Rat Temple Asia
February 22nd 2010 Bundi - Rajasthan Asia
February 26th 2010 Pushkar - Paradise Lost? Asia
March 5th 2010 Starting the work placement - Delhi 1 Asia
March 15th 2010 In Country Orientation 1 Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh
March 20th 2010 Enfield Bullet Fantasy Realisation? Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi
March 23rd 2010 The "Croc" Report # 1 Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi
March 23rd 2010 Why I love India # 3- Indian Classical Music Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi
April 3rd 2010 Orchha - a little side trip! Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha
April 7th 2010 My new home in Orissa Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
April 7th 2010 First Day at the IDPR office April 5th 2010 Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
April 11th 2010 Why I love India # 4 - The Indian Lassi Asia » India » Orissa
April 14th 2010 Did anyone get the number of that truck? Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
April 18th 2010 My first weeks at IDPR Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
April 21st 2010 Announcing the new arrival! Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
April 24th 2010 Surviving on Indian Roads - Tips for the uninitiated! (The real truth behind Indian Traffic rules! Or… How I am learning to stay alive whilst dieing a million deaths) Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
May 1st 2010 Current Indian Politics and Happenings Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
May 11th 2010 The Red Ribbon Express Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
May 16th 2010 Why I love India #5 - Varanasi Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
June 1st 2010 You can beat the backsheesh system! Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
June 1st 2010 THE BANNER Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
June 1st 2010 SEA URCHINS - Bhubaneswar inland (non-sea) Chapter Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
June 28th 2010 A Hindu wedding with a touch of meaning plus Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
June 30th 2010 Why I love India # 6 - Mango Season Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
July 4th 2010 Gay Pride Rainbow March - India matures slowly Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
July 15th 2010 Why I Love India #7 : the totally random meetings (or: how I spent 6 hours while waiting for my train out of Kolkata) Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata
July 17th 2010 RATHA JATRA - THE PURI CAR FESTIVAL (or how I learnt to stay alive whilst being crushed by 1 million faith entranced Hindus) Asia » India » Orissa » Puri
August 13th 2010 Catching up Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
August 15th 2010 Ashoka’s Edicts and the Shanti Stupa Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
September 7th 2010 A Bridge too Far? Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley
September 22nd 2010 Why I love India #8: Mountains - Himachal and Ladahk Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
September 23rd 2010 Water Boy in the mountains Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley
October 7th 2010 Pushkar Revisited: Paradise regained or a momentary reprieve? Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar
October 10th 2010 Why I love India #9 - Signage Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
October 20th 2010 THE CROC REPORT #2 Asia
October 22nd 2010 Dussehara (Dhurga Festival) in Varanasi Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi
October 26th 2010 Why I love India # 10: Shiva Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
November 1st 2010 A Day in the Life of an Indian Volunteer (or how I learned to love chaos) The challenge of the Chalan Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
November 13th 2010 Of Chalk and Cheese in the land of Curry Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
November 17th 2010 THE GREAT HIMALAYAN BIKE ODYSSEY Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
November 29th 2010 Easy Riding with Jagjit Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
December 1st 2010 A piece of Tibet in Orissa Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
January 3rd 2011 Weekend away with the lads Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
February 22nd 2011 Back home in Bhubaneswar Asia
March 1st 2011 The Great South Indian Sojourn Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram
March 7th 2011 The Inaugural Annual Indian Overload Awards – 2011 Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
March 28th 2011 Why I love India # 11: Odissi Dance Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
April 25th 2011 Leaving India Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
June 5th 2011 Catalanian Castells: People power, building from the ground up Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Mataró
June 30th 2011 Independent Camino – Across the Basque Country Europe » Spain » Basque Country » Portugalete
July 20th 2011 A week in Switzerland – spoilt silly by good friends Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Vevey
July 24th 2011 Barcelona in The Shadow of the Wind Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona
October 1st 2011 Of Mice and Men Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Mcleod Ganj
October 29th 2011 Treasure in the mountains....Rewalsar Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Mandi
November 7th 2011 The best chai in India by the banks of the Ganges Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh
November 13th 2011 Rishikesh to Katgodam: Up the Ganges and back to the plains. Motorcyle (Enfield) Diaries Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Almora
December 4th 2011 A Sadhu has no past: Chetan seeks baba-hood Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi
July 26th 2013 Between Emptiness: The pedantic substance of nothingness Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata
August 6th 2013 Emptiness expressed in a bike frame Asia » India » Orissa » Bhubaneswar
August 18th 2013 On the empty road again Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi
August 24th 2013 A DAY ON THE GANGA - Slippery mind; slippery streets; slippery 'friends'; slippery logic; a slipped life; and slippery fish Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi
August 25th 2013 Between another's Emptiness with unexpected meaning and authenticity Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi
September 7th 2013 The road to the mountains and some fullness between emptiness Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
September 11th 2013 Empty Sky, Full Event: Bull Fighting in Kullu: no blood, no pain Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
September 13th 2013 The Passing Fullness of Unexpected Bliss Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
September 15th 2013 The Empty Sound of the Himali breeze Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
October 2nd 2013 EMPTY HANDED FOOL REAPS FULL RICHES Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
October 8th 2013 JUST PLAIN EMPTY Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
October 17th 2013 FILLING EMPTY MORNINGS IN SOLAHNU Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
October 19th 2013 EMPTY STREETS, STUFFED PARANTHA Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
October 25th 2013 ALONE ON MOUNTAIN, LEAVES FALLING Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
October 28th 2013 FILLING THE VOID WITH GOD STUFF Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
November 4th 2013 WHAT BECAME FULL IS EMPTY AGAIN – HOTA HAI Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
November 22nd 2013 THIRTY YEARS BETWEEN DRINKS, THE FONTS RUN EMPTY AND YOUNG MINDS RUN FREE Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal
December 12th 2013 MUNI BABA MAGIC BRINGS FULL POWER TO RAJASTHAN Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar
December 14th 2013 EMPTY MIND; FULL EATING Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar
December 21st 2013 YOU CAN BLOW UP THE SHRINE BUT YOU CANNOT ERASE THE SPIRIT Asia » India » Rajasthan » Ajmer
January 29th 2014 Gujarat Road Trip part 1: Out of the cold void and into warmth and beauty – Kailash Puri Asia » India » Rajasthan » Nathdwara
January 31st 2014 Gujarat Road Trip part 2: Into the abyss; full culture - Patan Asia » India » Gujarat » Patan
February 3rd 2014 Gujarat Road Trip part 3: Empty tank; through hell; emerging to blissful beach and sun - Mandvi Asia » India » Gujarat » Mandvi
February 6th 2014 Gujarat Road Trip part 4: Into the empty void of nothingness - Bhuj and the Rann of Katchchh Asia » India » Gujarat » Bhuj
February 11th 2014 Gujarat Road Trip part 5: Krishna fullness - Dwarka Asia » India » Gujarat » Porbandar
February 15th 2014 Gujarat Road Trip part 6: Before the sea becomes empty: Full fishing - Somnath Asia » India » Gujarat » Porbandar
February 20th 2014 Gujarat Road Trip part 7: Empty Beach; Clean Beach – Diu Daman Asia » India » Daman & Diu » Diu
February 22nd 2014 Gujarat Road Trip part 8: The holy city that is empty at night – Palitana Asia » India » Gujarat » Bhavnagar
March 1st 2014 Fulsome Fort and Empty Spaces Asia » India » Rajasthan » Chittorgarh
March 1st 2014 Pushkar Raj Shivratri – Full Power Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar
March 14th 2014 Hijra Full Blessing or Deadly Curse Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Mandi
March 22nd 2014 STONEY FULFILMENT Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha
April 1st 2014 FULL ACTION VILLAGE Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
April 19th 2014 Why Cricket Talent will always be Fully Subscribed in India Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
June 7th 2014 No Appetite for Travel, but Plenty for Bread and Cheese - Raw Foodism in the land of Doner Kebabs Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Izmit
June 12th 2014 Magic Livingstones, Mad Balloons, and just too much Tourism Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Nevşehir
June 12th 2014 Not a lot of Tourism, but a Lot of Places to Pray Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Gaziantep
June 12th 2014 The Hamami..... How I lost more than I bargained for in a real Turkish bath-house Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Gaziantep
June 12th 2014 Abrahim, Renovation, and Vespas Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Samliurfa
June 16th 2014 Position Vacant: Experienced Indian Hawker for Hotel Commission Work Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Mardin
June 19th 2014 When too much water is a dangerous thing Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Hasankeyf
June 28th 2014 Kurdistan, divided but not conquered Middle East » Turkey » Eastern Anatolia » Kars
June 28th 2014 Don't mention Armenia Middle East » Turkey » Eastern Anatolia » Kars
July 1st 2014 Hitching to Georgia Asia » Georgia » Western Georgia
July 1st 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt. 1: Border of Pain Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia
July 17th 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt. 2: Later... that same Nightmare Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia
July 18th 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt. 3: 'Tbilisi Loves You' Asia » Georgia » Tbilisi District
July 18th 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt 4: Time to find Peace.... Escape to the Mountains Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia
July 18th 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt 5: Maya in the Mountains Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia
July 18th 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt 6: Chilling out in Abastumani....in search of Hot-Springs Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia
July 18th 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt 7: Connections and Coincidences in Small Places Asia » Georgia » Western Georgia
July 18th 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt 8: The Road to Zarzma Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia
July 18th 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt 9: Finish the Sauce First Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia
July 21st 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt 10: Truth is a Waterfall in Chule; Chaos a Build in Sadzeli; and Freedom a Cave in Vardzia Asia » Georgia
July 22nd 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt 11: Finale of the Farce: Godot Exists and the Fat Man (not 'Lady') Sings Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia
July 23rd 2014 Down, but not Out in Georgia Pt 12: Up and Out of Georgia Asia » Georgia » Southern Georgia
August 4th 2014 Back in Turkey as the Wind Blows Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Amasya
August 4th 2014 Like a Rolling Stone Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Sivas
August 6th 2014 Spinning Head, Twirling Trees, and Whirling Mevlevi Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Konya
August 11th 2014 Sea and Sun, Castles and Pirates, and a Mammoth Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya
August 20th 2014 Abundance is a Laden Fig Tree Europe » Greece » North Aegean » Lesbos » Mithymna
August 26th 2014 The Chez Beliz Pansiyon Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ayvalik
August 29th 2014 Down Time in Ayvalik Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ayvalik
September 10th 2014 In Turkey I am Beautiful Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul
September 12th 2014 Same Same but Different Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Beyoglu
September 16th 2014 Inside the maze: Sight, sound, smell Asia
September 21st 2014 Where to is No Matter Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh
October 2nd 2014 Art and Motorcycle Maintenence, Zen and Now Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Mandi
October 10th 2014 Slow Down in the Garden: What is 'I'? Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
October 20th 2014 “You Gotta Keep the Devil Down in the Hole” Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
November 2nd 2014 Travel Antithesis – Towards Temporary Roots in the Mountains Asia » India
November 29th 2014 Sona Purana (Old is Gold) Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bundi
February 24th 2015 Don't Cry over Spilt Chai Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar
March 10th 2015 Visa run to Nepal Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley
March 26th 2015 Mind, Body and Two Pillows (OK make that 5 pillows and two blankets) Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley
April 11th 2015 On the Way to Pokhara.... Asia » Nepal » Pokhara
May 17th 2015 A Rishi, Three Goats, Four Seasons, and a Full Half-Journey Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Saraj Valley
July 23rd 2015 SELF ABSORBED IN EMPTY CIRCLES OF TIME Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains
December 12th 2015 IN THE NAME OF RAM - AYODHYA Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Faizabad
January 12th 2016 South Riding.... Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Ujjain
January 18th 2016 Heaven is a Clean River Asia » India
February 14th 2016 Of Swamis and Gurus and Madness Asia
February 28th 2016 There is no path. Paths are made by walking .. Asia » India
August 4th 2016 FILLING THE GAPS WITH EMPTINESS: Crisis of meaning? What crisis? Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh
August 6th 2016 Devotion and Keeping up with the Thakurs* ...and then he fell off the mountain Asia » India
August 15th 2016 TRADIES* SPECIAL EDITION of the BLOG: Indian window (a portal by another name) installation beats all time record Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh
September 17th 2016 GONE DANCING : When Too Many Melas are Hardly Enough Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh
October 9th 2016 The Kid goes to Lambri Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh
October 30th 2016 Diwali, Flowers, and the Nature of Things Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
December 15th 2016 The Boundary between Heaven and Earth Asia » India » Rajasthan
June 20th 2017 The Journey Begins.... Sarahan Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kinnaur
June 21st 2017 Return to Nako Asia
June 22nd 2017 Into the Time-Warp of Tabo Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley
June 23rd 2017 Mudh: Where Roads End Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley
June 24th 2017 Across the Moon to Losar Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley
June 24th 2017 Spiti to Vashisht – Where a Goat Track would be a Blessing Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kullu
August 26th 2017 Game of Chance: What is Foolish? Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh
August 28th 2017 Buddhas, Bats and Killing Time in my Bedroom in Battambang Asia » Cambodia » North
June 24th 2018 Play of Life with a Touch of Tantalising Being Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Kinnaur
January 23rd 2019 Alone Under the Blue Moroccan Sky Africa » Morocco » Souss » Tafraoute
February 21st 2019 What is the Mountain? (Embrace it) Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Ourika Valley
March 11th 2019 The Paradox of Perfection in Imperfection: the Artisans of Meknes Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes
March 12th 2019 A Short Walk in the Moroccan Rif: Shades of Blue and a Dab of Green Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen
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