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Trip: India

There are [39] stories from my trip: India

Gallery: Kathmandu on the way

INDIA | Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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More from Varanasi

INDIA | Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | Views [902]

There is a rule: Smile at kids and women, but never at a man - you will never get rid of him, truly! The place I am staying at, seems to be a real youth hostel - somehow I feel old. I think I am the oldest person here....oh well........... Anyways, ... Read more >

Tags: saris by the ganges

Going to Varanasi

INDIA | Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | Views [847]

We felt in need of a taxi this time (that is Gita, Larry and I) and skip the bus. So we taxied to Satna and waited - what was supposed to be 4 hours, but the train was late, 6 hours for the train. The longest hours - so far for me in India! The mosquitoes ... Read more >

In the train, the bus to Khajuraho

INDIA | Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | Views [1453]

Leaving Agra in the morning, waiting for the train , we found ourselves surrounded by begging children - one holding a baby! We had bought food for the journey, only to find ourselves giving it to the children how really appreciated it! The train ride ... Read more >

.......and finally the Taj Mahal........

INDIA | Sunday, 29 Mar 2009 | Views [859]

A long train ride to Agra (every train ride seems to take 12 hours here), but this time with Gita and Larrry made it easier, because I didn't have to chain up my backpack and worry about my stuff going to the bathroom, which is - you wouldn't think so ... Read more >

Even though .....................

INDIA | Sunday, 29 Mar 2009 | Views [719] | Comments [1]

it thundered last night in Jodhpur, I had a good night sleep. My belly thundered and rumbled on for a while as well. Sweet Nisha - the hotel Mama made me some yoghurt (curd) and Chai, before leaving, but I put my two bananas on the table and the dog ... Read more >

Getting ready to go to Agra/Taj Mahal

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Friday, 27 Mar 2009 | Views [941]

What a sweet little town Jodhpur is. Leaving tomorrow early - was sick all day yesterday and felt like going home........ The little family run hotel (Heaven Guest House) made me feel at home though and it wasn't all too bad. The antibiotics kicked ... Read more >

Tags: jodhpur market, where i got all those saris

Gallery: On the train - going north

INDIA | Friday, 27 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Meeting Gita and Larry in Jodhpur station

INDIA | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Views [722] | Comments [1]

Good to see these two..............haven't seen a "Westerner" for a while. Can't help it! Anyway this cute littel town was worth the long ride. Went straight to the market and got TONS of Saris - all used, but a $ each. Want to use them ... Read more >

Tags: gita and larry

On the train to Jodhpur

INDIA | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Views [2220]

I have never, ever seen so much filth, poverty, public pooping/peeing, crippled people (including kids), people sleeping with kids and babies in the middle of a filthy side walk sprawled out with all their limbs (if they have any). Not just in one ... Read more >

Tags: kind of weird isnt it?

Oh and.............

INDIA | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Views [721]

.........most of you know, what a hard time I have with all the bodily noises Coby is producing night and day??!! Well, I have long stopped believing in coincidences and for whatever it is worth, I was/am - like never before in my entire life - exposed ... Read more >

More about the people.......

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [713]

The Vipassana Course- by the way- was mostly visited by Indians, men and women separat of course. One experience keeps repeating itself and is highly entertaining in my oppinion,is how "rude" these people are (and that - keep in mind- was judged ... Read more >


INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [1025]

The train took Marta and me to Mumbai- all fresh and pure as we were, we threw ourselves into the hustle and bustle of life again in it’s finest, after leaving Igatpuri station early this am, smelling the combination of shit and food (yes, the train ... Read more >

Tags: bombed hotel in colaba mumbai

Cheating on the 9th day...............

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [1217] | Comments [1]

Here the daily schedule at the center for the 10 days: 4am – wake up 4:30-6:30am meditation and chanting 6:30am-7:15am breakfast 7:15am-8am rest 8-9 group med. 9-11 instructions for med. 11-11:45am lunch 11:45 am- 1 rest 1-... Read more >

Arriving in Igatpuri, Vipassana Meditation Center:

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [12735] | Comments [42]

Anticipating the 10 day silence. This place reminds me of the temple of the 10.000 Buddhas   ( did you know that the same facilities for this Buddhist College near Ukiah was originally used for a mental hospital?) where I ride my yearly Buddhist ... Read more >

The first train experience

INDIA | Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | Views [970]

Leaving Palolem at 3:40am. The train was only ½ hour late, but we got there 2 hours too early- waiting appears to be part of the Indian experience, no matter what. The train station in Margao was littered with sleeping locals and their blongings-... Read more >

Tags: margit waiting for the train

leaving Palolem soon

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [816] | Comments [1]

3/7/2009 Still in Palolem – this lovely place –enjoying every minute of it. People are very honest and friendly I the way they try really hard to cheat you- I love their way of doing it: Looking you straight in the eye, huge beautiful smile. I bought ... Read more >

Tags: marta and i in front of our hut

A trip to the Market

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 7 Mar 2009 | Views [925]

Early morning in Palolem. First let me tell you about our (Marta and my ) trip to Anjuna and the market (Gita calls it the flea-Market). After the four different buses and learning more about the Indian culture and the local traffic (which is ... Read more >

Tags: the nice juice

Gallery: Palolem, India

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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going Goa

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | Views [747]

The flight was delayed - of course, but we (Marta and I) got here. The airport was more my stile, not a sience fiction ghost image, but simple, small, primitive and very real. Gita and the taxi have been waiting for hours, but happy to see us. The humitity ... Read more >

Tags: view from the hut............

Gallery: Company outing

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Sunday, 1 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Company outing

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Sunday, 1 Mar 2009 | Views [760]

Margit is being a good wifey -  We went to Al Ain on Friday (it being already weekend around here - Sunday, people go back to work).  First I was a bit irritated, since it is the town I had to drive through on my "visa run", but then, of ... Read more >

Swimming in the Gulf

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | Views [776]

2/24/09 On the way with our bikes to our favorite groceries store -Spinney’s- Marta and I stopped at the women’s beach. I stripped down to my bra and underwear, and went swimming – for the first time this visit. The beach, the sand – all is men made, ... Read more >

Tags: marta on her bike on the corniche

Gallery: Out with the bikes

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 21 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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A word or two about the women:

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | Views [700]

A lot of the women here are Muslims and do cover up their bodies and their hair. Some even wear a veil over their whole face (which is really strange when passing in an aisle or on a narrow street, because it appears as if they can’t see you, just because ... Read more >

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