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Indian Signage

INDIA | Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | Views [750]

We have found hours of entertainment in observing and reading signage posted around India.   We toured through a museum today in Mysore where someone had gone crazy with a label maker on all the objects on display.   They were labeled with ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

We Are the Tourist Attraction

INDIA | Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | Views [905]

We have had the wonderful opportunity to visit areas that not many westerners visit.   That said, we are getting used to the stares, gawks, and requests to be photographed, that we seem to be confronted with everywhere we go.   There’s a point ... Read more >

Tags: Laughter

36 Hairpin Turns

INDIA | Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | Views [744]

From Wayanad we pass through several other wildlife sanctuaries… including Mudalimi National Reserve, where we spot deer, monkeys and elephants along the way.   We are now in the state of Tamil Nadu.   We arrive at the base of the Nilgiri ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Indian Jungle

INDIA | Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | Views [900]

We had decided to splurge for a day, and stay at the Vythri Lodge in the middle of the Wayanad Jungle. The wildlife sanctuary is supposed to be a great place to go on wildlife safari tours in jeeps, to see wild elephants, tigers, and other ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Theyyam Sisterhood

INDIA | Sunday, 25 Mar 2007 | Views [629]

Last night was one of the most incredible moments we’ve had during our travels.   We had come to Tellicherry hoping to experience the local Keralan temple dance called theyyam dance.   Apparently this dance is performed in local temples throughout ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

As Close to Heaven as it Gets

INDIA | Saturday, 24 Mar 2007 | Views [649]

Under the road sign for the beach town of Muzhappilangad, “As Close to Heaven as it Gets” is written in black writing on a silver sign.   They are absolutely right.   We go no further than 5 kilometers from our hotel and hit a little fishing ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

The Road Less Traveled

INDIA | Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | Views [679]

Definitely less traveled and only by 4x4’s was the road our driver elected to take today, to cut short a potentially 9 hour journey from Madikeri to the coastal town of Tellicherry in the state of Kerala.   We got a bit of a late start, as ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Works of Art

INDIA | Thursday, 22 Mar 2007 | Views [756]

Our stay in Hassan was just a quick overnight, as it’s a great hub to see the temples at Halebid and Belur.   These Hoysala temples are supposedly the pinnacles of artistic temple architecture during one of the most artistically interesting ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Chaperones at the Youth Hotel

INDIA | Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | Views [613]

Today I should have really taken antibiotics, but then I’d need to forgo the wonder drug plug Imodium, and for the full days bumpy drive south to Hassan, I will bear the stomach pain, balled up on the back seat of the Ambassador.   Today’s long ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

World Heritage Experience: Hampi

INDIA | Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | Views [760]

Loaded up with Imodium, I’m armed and ready for today’s full day exploration of the Vijayanagar ruins, formerly the capital of the largest Hindu empire in India; which are classified as a World Heritage Site.   We hired a guide for 500rs for the day, ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Road to Karnataka Part 2: Squatter Toilets 101

INDIA | Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | Views [853]

Our driver intersperses the ride with cool and hot drink pit stops, which we’re really trying hard not to consume much liquid, so as not to have to use the fine roadside facilities.   Not so lucky though, we stop for chai, and with 5 hours ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Road to Karnataka Part 1: Sights & Scenes

INDIA | Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | Views [718]

Our resting time in Paradise has come to a close, and our next adventure begins as we venture through the state of Karnataka, just south of Goa.   We plan to cover a very large territory, from the temples, ruins, world heritage sites and thriving ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Beach Gypsies

INDIA | Sunday, 18 Mar 2007 | Views [965]

I feel guilty. Guilty for being able to afford to live on $300/month in Goa; guilty for having the local waiter boy serve us beers on the beach under the palapalas for less than $2 USD, guilty for negotiating with the beach gypsies to knock ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

Internet Porn is Slowing My Connection

INDIA | Saturday, 17 Mar 2007 | Views [717]

At our beach hut paradise is a fine internet sweatshop, with three computer terminals, a fax and a scanner.   A thin little Indian guy runs the shop and is there from dawn, until midnight.   The shop is affected by much of the same challenges ... Read more >

Tags: Laughter

Circus Fest

INDIA | Friday, 16 Mar 2007 | Views [849]

It’s like the movie “Ground Hog Day” here, same good day over and over again.   Early to rise, a run on the beach heading north up to Arambol, before the locals start burning their brush which stings the lungs to inhale; watching the morning beach ... Read more >

Tags: People

Simple Pleasures… Paradise @ $300/month

INDIA | Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | Views [609]

If we never got jobs again, and needed to live the good life, I recon we could move to Goa and live here for years.   Our very simple bamboo huts are 500 rupees a night; that’s $10US.   The food is exceptional, and costs maybe upward of $3-... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

India Cleanses and Detoxifies

INDIA | Wednesday, 14 Mar 2007 | Views [829]

... a bit of an oxymoron if you think about it... but I’ve been doing quite a bit of decompression and reflection on our time up until now.   The introspection surge has come upon us in a major way, and probably due to the three very hectic ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

The Indian Railway

INDIA | Tuesday, 13 Mar 2007 | Views [1272]

India has an excellent network of railways, and it is apparently both the world’s most extensive network, as well as the world’s largest employer.   We have had the pleasure of riding in first class only once in India, as we often book last ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

One Hour, Four Dollars and a Date with Death

INDIA | Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | Views [575]

Having had the experience of making our way through the very daunting train station in Delhi back in 2004, we opted to hire some help to navigate for this evening’s overnighter in our second-class 3-tier sleeper train journey.   We had arranged ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

A Minority in a Sea of Millions

INDIA | Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | Views [820]

Our last day in Mumbai, we decided to set out to explore the local markets.   Figuring we would need a couple of days under our belt to feel more comfortable exploring the inner bowels of the city, we took one last shower, and checked out of ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Warmth of Indian Hospitality, Family & Friends

INDIA | Sunday, 11 Mar 2007 | Views [1538]

One of the most special and endearing aspects of India is the people.   Our Indian friends, both stateside, and in India are amazingly warm and hospitable.   The family unit in India is ultra important and intricately linked with religion, ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

Stumbling into Religions

INDIA | Sunday, 11 Mar 2007 | Views [850]

India is a melting pot of religions.   Many people of many faiths, beliefs and values living and working side by side.   I have had the chance to get a quick overview of some of these religions through reading Sarah MacDonald’s book “Holy Cow!” ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Sensory Overload

INDIA | Saturday, 10 Mar 2007 | Views [644]

We knew our first day in Mumbai would be overwhelming.   We’ve done a bit of homework on the plane, combined with the well thought through suggestions of my friend Purvi, we are armed and ready with Lonely Planet city guide in hand to tackle ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Why India?

INDIA | Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | Views [627]

When we laid out our travel plans to friends before leaving, the most common question we'd get was "why in the world are you going to India- with a world of places to choose from, you pick India?"   Most peoples’ experience, if they've ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Last Stop on the Australian Frontier

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 | Views [822]

Darwin is our stopping off point en route to Mumbai.   We passed through Alice Springs to get to Darwin, a miserable little spot in the middle of the continent with loads of flies and not much else at the airport.   Not sure how they ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

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