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Apr 10, 2017 - Mangalore

Our beaming guide picked us up in Mangalore, a city we have not visited before. He exclaimed how happy he was to show us his beautiful city. We’re not so sure about the beautiful part, but his attitude reflected many of the people we encountered on his tour. Mangalore is not really a tourist city, but he showed us what they have and along the way, many folks stopped to wave and ask where we were from. They seemed genuinely glad to see us and asked nothing in return. Mangalore was a typical Indian city from our experience. The traffic was...

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Jan 20, 2017 - Mangalore by Gail and Sharon

I wake up feeling slightly better than yesterday but not great. So I decide to stay on board today. As we have done India two years in a row it makes most sense to skip a port here rather than suffer for days or weeks in new vistas. It turns out to be the right decision as it gives me some down time to recuperate and it makes a world of difference. Sill coughing but a lot but not so stuffed up either. So today’s blog is from various sources .. as I have given everyone instructions to “TAKE NOTES”! Mangalore is one of 7 major ports in India,...

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Southeast Asia 2017

Jan 28, 2016 - Last day of sightseeing in India

Mysore is perhaps one of the largest archaeological sites we have ever seen. We were told it would take two months to see it all. Years ago, Jim acquired a book by the late adventurer Galen Rowell called Many People Come Looking Looking. The title is a quote from a Sherpa guide during a high trek in the Himalayas. Rowell had noted the difficulties faced by the Sherpa people, and the guide said to him, Many people come looking looking. You come, see. In other words, the guide knew Rowell was trying to understand. India is far too complex to...

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Jan 26, 2016 - Gifts of the wifi

Modern travel has been transformed by the Internet, smart phones, amd wifi. A typical hotel arrival must include confirmation of Wi-Fi and the correct password. When our Intrepid group walks in, we take over a lobby. As soon as the Wi-Fi and password are distributed, at least 75% of us disappear behind screens. We've noticed that few things calm a tired, cranky group of travelers like good Wi-Fi. We check Facebook for updates, scour e-mail, figure out where the post office is, and take care of myriad other tasks. During his trip to the...

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Jan 25, 2016 - Monument and other fatigue

Travel is not easy. Constant packing, moving along, unpacking, and repeating every two to three days takes a toll. In developed countries it is tiring. In undeveloped or lesser developed countries it can be exhausting. Throw in unusual food, out of the ordinary weather (hot!), group dynamics, and frustration with language or other barriers, one can get mighty tired. Things like forts or palaces start to look alike. A person can take in just so much new information and experience. Everyone has his or her limit. Mo's limit is fairly high,...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Bangalore

March 15, 2015 I have been in India for nine days now. We rode about 350 Km’s today, none of it north. We were on NH4 the whole time. We hit only one diversion. It was short and quick. For the most part it was 100kph the entire time. We rode around Bangalore. It took an hour to find the ring road/turn off. I asked about a half a dozen people. I am holed up at the Holiday Palms Resort on the west side of Bangalore. It’s a really nice place. 2200 Rs. Per night – USD$37.00. Of course AC, TV and wifi in the room. I can’t get the TV or wifi to...

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Nov 8, 2013 - It's the journey -

- not the destination. Today's tour focused on two great sights: Somnathapur, an ornately carved thirteenth century temple and Mysore Palace, a showcase among Indian palaces that rivals Versailles or Schönbrun. Both of them lived up to their star billing and then some. But the travel between these two attractions was interesting, varied, and a slice of life and probably what we enjoyed the most. We weren't on the road long when we came upon farmers spreading millet seeds in the middle of the road. As vehicles drive over them, the seeds are...

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Nov 7, 2013 - 2 horrible sandwiches

Today we got up at 4am. The only time we get up that early is to catch a plane and that is what we did. The hotel packed us a breakfast to eat on the bus. Bad sandwich #1 was Wonderbread with the crusts cut off filled with tomato and cucumber. I washed it down with the kind of drink box little kids put in their lunch box. We bid adieu to our wonderful bus and driver, who took Charles' big suitcase back to Chennai. The group's suitcases were weighed together allowing us to slide by without overweight charges. I have 2 kilograms too much and...

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Oct 2, 2013 - 27 September - Wayanad

On Friday we drove 145km from Mysore to Wayanad to our homestay on a coffee plantation. Wayanad is up in the hills and the climate was much cooler than we have been used to. We stopped in a nearby town to purchase some beer - and what a mission that was! We were taken down streets and narrow alleyways, up stairs and into a very seedy place with bars over all windows and we joined the long queue of very seedy men desperate to get their alcohol fix. There was a limit to what we could buy - 3 beers each was all they would sell us. Each bottle...

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Sep 26, 2013 - 25 September - Mysore

We left Hampi on Wednesday at 6am and arrived in Mysore at 5pm - a long day's drive. Our hotel is fantastic, very close to the palace and with a park opposite. We went out for tea to a revolving restaurant as it was Brian's 74th birthday and we had to celebrate - lovely Indian meal and great views over the city. On Thursday we had a leisurely breakfast as the palace did not open till 10am, then walked to the palace to see this magnificent building. The Maharaja's Palace is not that old - it was built in 1912 after the old palace burnt down...

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Sep 22, 2013 - 22 September - Hampi

A long hot day's drive to Hampi yesterday. When we got here we found that the causeway to our accommodation was under water and we couldn't get the truck over. Instead, we left the truck on one side of the river and were ferried over the river in a basket - a first for all of us. On Monday we were planning to visit the ruins at Hampi but the main river was too high and we couldn't get across. So our fall back plan was to visit the Hanuman Temple, back over the river crossing in the coracle boats, quite a long walk along the road then a 570...

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Jul 8, 2012 - Weekend!

Second week at Shanti Bhavan has started, cannot believe how time flies! Nope, still not used to having curry for breakfast, but Friday morning I had breakfast!! One of the volunteers sponsored a ‘special’ breakfast for the entire school, because it was her last day. And they were amazing American style chocolate chip pancakes with ‘Dairy milk’ chocolate in it. The kids went absolutely crazy for them. First they came running, hopping and skipping into the dining hall…then they all ate at least 3 or 4, some even managed to eat 8. 5 of the...

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