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India

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India reflection

Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Views [163]

Thoughts about India are resurfacing. My main experience of India is as follows: it is the best learning experience I have ever had. It was also the hardest trip for us so far- no glitz, no glamour, just real life. Whether that real life encompasses ... Read more >


Orchna

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [257]

Our train from Varanasi to Jhansi was a much more comfortable experience than the one from Dehradun. This time we had the 2 tier AC class which meant more room & more comforts. It really made a big difference and we actually had a good night sleep ... Read more >


Varanasi

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | Views [839]

Our train adventure in India continued after our short time in Musoorie. We had booked the rest of our travel all the way back down to Chennai when we were in Delhi. It turns out that Dehradun to Varanasi is quite a popular train route and so we were ... Read more >


Musoorie..

Monday, 25 Mar 2013 | Views [195]

We were free to go the morning of the 11th day. It was still a 4am wake up call and morning meditation session, and then after breakfast we could go. What a liberating feeling to leave the 'monastery' after 10 days! Awesome! A bit weird though, ... Read more >


Vipassana Meditation Course

Sunday, 24 Mar 2013 | Views [508]

Learning in Vipassana   It's been a long 10 days of amazing torture. The best thing I have ever done for myself. It changed the way I view the world and myself. It made me happier and more balanced in my thoughts and actions. The benefits ... Read more >

Tags: be happy


Photos: India

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Day trip to Delhi

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Views [187]

Our train ride to Delhi from Agra in sleeper class was totally comfortable. No complaints and no need for AC. So grateful that we were able to leave our bigger bags with Karolina in Chennai. Traveling with just small backpacks is convenient and easy! ... Read more >


Vipassana

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Views [227]

So I mentioned in an earlier blog about a Vipassana 10 day meditation course. I will give you a bit of background info first. So funny enough, the first time we actually heard about this was back in Australia. We were on a day trip with my cousin at ... Read more >

Tags: simon & garfunkel- the sound of silence


Trains in India

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Views [168]

Jaipur to Agra was our first train experience in India. The foreign tourist ticket office in Jaipur is hectic and generally unhelpful so we only arranged our trains for Jaipur-Agra, Agra-Delhi, & Delhi- Dehradun. So we have yet to book any travel ... Read more >


Jaipur (2)

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Views [160]

We booked a tour through the official government tourist office for a half day excursion for about $5/ person! This did not include fees for monuments & palaces but there is a comprehensive 2 day ticket you can purchase that covers just about everything ... Read more >


Agra

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Views [179]

Not everyone is familiar with the name of Agra--- but this is the city where the incredibly famous Taj Mahal is , about 200 km south if Delhi. Our train was on time and got us into Agra before noon. Since we only left one day for Agra before we headed ... Read more >


Jaipur (1)

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Views [328]

  We flew out of Kochi to Jaipur (with a long boring layover in Mumbai) the next afternoon, arriving in Jaipur late night March 9th.  After our few recent hotel 'issues' in the past we were a bit concerned that something funny might ... Read more >


Kochi (Fort Cochin)

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Views [133]

We got to Kochi alive!!! YAY! We took a rickshaw to a restaurant Tom had read about (my cousin Karolina gave us a great book about India for the month- all the info so far has no eluded us!). Ela restaurant in Kochi (Ernakulam) was beyond delicious! ... Read more >


Munnar (tea plantations)

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Views [162]

The hotel we had booked in Munnar was just south of actual Munnar town so we asked him to drop us off a bit early. He claimed he understood the stuff we wrote down (names of hotel and town) but if it wasn’t for Tom noticing the sign we would have ... Read more >


Alleppey

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Views [194]

Alleppey is definitely different from the places we have been so far. It cleaner, friendlier, and calmer. It is hot & humid (feels much hotter than Tamil Nadu). However, the people are much easier to get along with and are more genuine from my experiences.... Read more >


Madurai

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Views [143]

After our 2 day stint in Pondicherry we booked a night bus to Madurai, further south. We haven't yet oriented ourselves with the trains here in India, but we do plan to use them extensively in the North. But for this trip we made a quick decision for ... Read more >

Tags: sweet nothing- calvin harris feat. florence welsh


Pondicherry---Auroville

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Views [327]

Imagine a place where people of all nations live in unity and harmony; where no political troubles exist; where people live and do what they want; where sustainable resources are utilized all the time; and where a massive gold 'golf ball' looking object ... Read more >

Tags: feel the love- rudimental feat. john newman


Pondicherry (Puducherry)

Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | Views [724]

Pondicherry is a fascinating place. Situated in Tamil Nadu, in the southeast corner of the country, it is a former French colony. If anyone thinks they have heard about Pondicherry before, it was probably from 'Life of Pi' because they show it in the ... Read more >


Mammalapuram

Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | Views [251]

A quaint, small fishing village some 50 km south of Chennai, it was our first stop after Chennai. It is known for its many temples, including the shore temple, and it is an ideal escape from the chaos of chennai. We were happy to get there!! Sea breezes ... Read more >


Introduction to India

Saturday, 9 Mar 2013 | Views [140]

Love and hate. A world of contrasts. Bizarre & fascinating.  What an incredible world we have stepped into. Poverty & wealth live on the same street, lots of materialism, and yet so much spirituality, filth everywhere yet serene beauty ... Read more >

 

 

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