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Jan 6, 2017 - Ferry to Port Blair

1/6 Bon tried to do email to Mohan in Chennai but there was no connection at Bubbles. Tuk tuk to port jetty about 8:30 a.m. and checked in Mari showed up about 9:10 and we walked out to board shortly after. Unfortunately, there were 2-300 others also both departing and arriving. The Indian way prevailed - massing to drop and pick up luggage. Fine with us, it took half an hour to unload and reload the same. We were last on board when the ferry departed a half hour later than scheduled, not too bad considering. Our cheap seats were in the AC...

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India One More Time

Dec 25, 2016 - Ferry to Neil Island

12/25 B & I went to a buffet at Wild Orchid for Christmas breakfast. Toast, jam, omelet, fruit, pancake, and tea plus the regular Indian fare. Still looking to get wifi so as to connect with Daphne before going to Neil - no luck at Wild Orchid. Bon did complete getting plane tickets back to U.S. on Feb. 8 via Heathrow but unable to connect with the bank. On our way to the ferry we stopped at Crossbill Beach Resort...no room available until Jan 1 so we called Daphne at Hotel Lalaji (luckily she was there!) and got the okay to commit to 1st...

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Dec 20, 2016 - Plane to Port Blair

12/20 Up and out by 7 a.m. to catch our 10:30 plane to the Andamans. Very nice that Transit Inn provides the taxi to and from the airport as a part of the service package...they even got up early enough to give us breakfast at 6:30! ___ At the airport we could not find a posting of our flight on the reader board just a listing of the gate. So we sat playing cards and Bon reading at our gate. After almost an hour a fellow (the one who had checked us in) rushed up to us and said "The plane is loaded, you must come now!" How many airlines...

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India One More Time

Feb 16, 2011 - Andamanen (Viper Island)

Die erste Straeflingskolonie der Briten, noch vor der auf der Hauptinsel auf Port Blair. Die Einheimischen Staemme wurden auch hier vor ca. 170 Jahren von den Kolonialmaechten vertrieben und auch heute ist ihre Situation -unter indischer Verwaltung in fuer alle Nichtstammesangehoerigen unzugaenglichen Reservaten- leider nicht viel besser. Beim Tsunami 2004 waren es jene -den australischen Aborigines und den Ureinwohnern Papua Neuguineas naeher Verwandten Staemmen der Andamanen- welche am wenigsten Opfer zu beklagen hatten, da sie sich in...

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Feb 15, 2011 - Andamanen (Ross Island)

Der ehemalige Verwaltungssitz der Briten, in Sichtweit von Port Blair. Zumindest bis zum 2. Weltkrieg wurde Ross Island auch als das Venedig Indiens bezeichnet, wo sich die die Briten schoene Haeuser und sogar ein Swimmingpool, eine Entsalzungsanlage, 1 Kirche,... bauten. Als Japan dann in seinem Pazifikfeldzug im 2. Weltkrieg, bis auf die Andamanen vorstiess, baute die neue besatzungsmacht Bunker und zerstoerte grosse Teile der Infrastruktur. Heute, keine 70 Jahre spaeter, glaubt man in Angkor Wat zu sein. Eine unwirkliche Insel. Seit...

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Feb 4, 2011 - Andamanen (Havelock Island)

Nach 1 1/2 Stunden per Schnell-Katamaran trafen wir im Paradies ein. "Beach Nr. 7" wurde vor wenigen Jahren vom "Times Magazine" zum schoensten Strand Asiens gewaehlt. Und nicht zu unrecht: schier unendlich lang, extrem breit, flach, knallweisser Sand, tuerkisfarbenes, kristallklares wohltemperiertes Wasser, ein geschuetzter Kuestenwald direkt dahinter und wunderschoene Sonnenuntergaenge. Nichts stoert: Keine Strandhuetten, keine Liegestuehle/ Sonnenschime, kein Muell, keine Kuehe und Kuhfladen, keine straeunenden Strandhunde, keine...

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Feb 3, 2011 - Andamanen (Port Blair)

Mit Jetairways gings auf die, fuer die ersten 2 Tage -ungewoehnlich fuer diese Jahreszeit- verregneten Andamanen. Wir landeten in Port Blair, 2 Flugstunden oder 4 Bootstage oestlich von Chennai. Hier besichtigten wir ein nicht mehr genutztes Riesengefaengnis, welches die britische Kolonialregierung benutzte, um indische Freiheitskaempfer des ersten indischen Volksaufstandes von 1857 zu unterdruecken und deren (Zwangs)-arbeitskraft fuer den Ausbau der Strafkolonie auf mehreren Inseln des Archipels zu etablieren. Die Hauptinsel der Andamanen...

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Mar 5, 2010 - Life in paradise

There is something intrinsically special about little dive bubbles created on paradise beaches all around the world. Most of us end up in them certainly because of the lure of underwater marvels but also pushed by the desire to find a way of earning a living in a truly gorgeous place far from pollution, cold winds, snowflakes, subways, big city stress and nights without stars. I have it here. I've got the white sand, the bamboo bungalow, the hammock with a view over palm trees and spots of turquoise sea in between falling coconuts. I've...

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Elin in India

Dec 20, 2009 - My new home

I have now been out on Havelock Island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, far East in the Andaman Sea, for just over a week. On the one hand, it feels like I have already been here for a month or two; on the other hand I could just as well have just arrived. Time stands still here, it bubbles away under the waves in a soothing and calming way. Days float in and out, rising with the sun around 5 o’clock and seeing the light wash away 12 hours later, bathing the whole island in thick tropical darkness. The days of the week slowly fade away,...

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Elin in India

Apr 2, 2009 - Ernie's Birthday: Port Blair

We woke up this morning still at Sea. We would pull into Port Blair around 10 am. Ernie had some birthday messages waiting for him on the web site, plus a really neat video posted on U-tube by Mike Renfro of a group of our friends at home singing happy Birthday to Ernie. It was really great that everyone thought to remember Ernie's birthday and to post it a day ahead. Ernie wasn't thrilled about going to Port Blair on his birthday, especially after reading Randy's synopsis of the destination first thing this morning. But we agreed to go off...

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Feb 2, 2009 - Heaven...I mean Andaman

Way back in 2000 Michael tried to catch a ferry from Kolkata to Port Blair on the Andaman Islands. The promised crystal clear waters, snorkeling, beautiful beaches and cheap huts on the “un-touristy” island chain just seemed too alluring after having trekked in Nepal for two weeks. Unfortunately a delayed flight and a missed ferry meant that the plans had to be curtailed, with the thought in mind that I’d have to come back. Little did I know it would happen 8 years later with my incredibly beautiful wife! The last 30 days on these islands...

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The Elstons Go East

Sep 23, 2008 - Havelock Island, The Andamans.

The word on the sreets is that the Andamans white sands beaches and turquoise waters are very beautiful but unfortunately the number of Isrealis makes the island seem like a colony of our Hebrew speaking friends. Both turned out to be true. Israelis have a reputation, and its not a good one. They are considered to be rude and agressive, super-tight and unapproachable except to other Jews. So when I caught the ferry from the capital of the Islands to Havelock island and found myself sitting with a dozen of our semitic friends I was a little...

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