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Feb 29, 2020 - Mini Golf And A Migraine

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I started having migraines in my early forties, and they grew progressively worse over the following ten years. It was around my 50th birthday that I got some clues as to what was triggering them, I won’t go into it here, but the triggers keep me on my toes, because they keep changing. When we started travelling I was surprised to find that I had fewer migraines, and that they were often less severe, while I was travelling outside of North America. For the first nine years of our retirement, we were travelling...

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Feb 28, 2020 - Mandvi’s Jain Temple

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Spiritual India has to say about Jainism: “Jainism arose in the 6th century BC as a reaction against the caste restraints and rituals of Hinduism. It was founded by Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha. Jains believe that liberation can be attained by achieving complete purity of the soul. Purity means shedding all karman, matter generated by one’s actions that binds itself to the soul. By following various austerities (e.g. fasting and meditation), one can shed...

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Feb 28, 2020 - Ship Building At Mandvi

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about Mandvi’s shipbuilding: “Mandvi is an hour down the road from Bhuj and is a busy little place with an amazing shipbuilding yard. Hundreds of men construct, by hand, these wooden beauties for faraway Arab merchants. The massive timbers apparently come from Malaysian rainforests.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We had seen a number of boats high and dry along the mouth of the Rukmavati River as we crossed over a bridge and into the old part of Mandvi. From a...

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Feb 28, 2020 - Walking The Beach

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We had decided that if we were going to venture out of the resort to do some sightseeing, that we might as well see both things that interested us, and then take some time after lunch to relax. When we returned from seeing the Jain temple and the shipbuilding, we had a lovely lunch at the resort’s airy dining room. There were guests out on the terrace, but they had taken all the best tables, and anything left meant we were too close to boisterous groups with young children. Anil and I headed back to our room for...

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Feb 27, 2020 - The Serena Beach Resort

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD When Anil was given a choice of beach resorts in Mandvi, he picked the Serena Beach Resort. I was busy on a big project with my photos and I trusted him to find a great place for us to stay. It turned out to be much better than I had imagined, because I didn’t think that Mandvi was much of a tourist destination. I think that the resorts have sprung up along the coast here because Indians are always looking for an exotic setting for destination weddings, much like the rest of the world. At first Flamingo Travels...

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Mar 27, 2007 - Dismal Goa, India

We docked in this poor, industrial town of Mormugao, Goa, India around 8:30 a.m. We had not booked any tours nor did we have any interest in going ashore, so we slept in till around 10:00, did our voluminous laundry and had lunch. In the afternoon we read on deck and Gretchen had a manicure. We showered and were back on deck for the sailaway — anything can look good at sunset and even Goa was no exception. We sailed at 6 p.m. as we toasted with champagne and visited with Howard and Jean. It was off to the ballroom at 7:45 for dancing before...

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