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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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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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Feb 2, 2012 - Mysore - yoga retreat #1

The city of Mysore was our first destination that was not in either of the two southernmost states of India, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It was also the largest city we had visited thus far. It was well known for its yoga scene, particularly Ashtanga yoga as that is where Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga set up his school. We planned to check out the famous palace, hopefully find a few yoga classes to take, and also had another CouchSurfing host lined up. The day we arrived we just took it slow, walked around a bit, and then visited...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

Dec 26, 2011 - Mysore

Set off this morning to Mysore (had to miss out Bangalore in the end because of the distance) the journey was a nightmare, very long and very sweaty on a dual carriageway with cars, buses, bull-carts, auto rickshaws and the odd person coming the opposite direction on a bloody bike. The driver and I have a slight communication issue because he cant speak English and I cant speak Tamil so its going to be interesting to say the least. Totally stressed by the time we arrived in Mysore and I kept saying I wanted to go the hotel and he drove to...

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Jan 11, 2011 - Mysore For Now

Leaving tonight on overnbight bus to Hospet and then to Hampi. Today, I am chilling about town. People here are getting on my nerves. It's just one of those days for me. Otherwise, life is well. I have had a rash of tiny bumps on my face, neck and chest for a month now. I finally figured out that it was prickly heat. Now, I have to try harder to stay out of the sun and heat. Also, the least 3 days I have add edema (swelling) in my ankles. Finally, it has started to go down. I have heard that this can happen for some women during there...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Jan 10, 2011 - Mysore

So far I don't like Mysore. There are so many touts, the rickshaw drivers don't know where they are going and people just walk up to you in the street offering you drugs, "free" advice, and "friendship." Very annoying. There are some good thoings about it though. The palace is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. Amazing. The weather is several degrees cooler than in Kerala, and the humidity is less as well. I have been here over 24 hours and I have yet to see a cockroach. Yesterday when I arrived I went for a walk and a...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Jan 8, 2011 - Mysore

Die groesste -waehrend des Britischen Empires- jemals getaetigte Investition: das indische (u. pakistanische) Schienennetz; ein angenehmes britisches Erbe, wenn man einen Platz im Zug ergattern kann. Puenktlich auf die Minute, unsre Namen mit Resservierung am Waggon angschlagen, gings ca. 15min. an schier endlosen Slums Bangalore`s vorbei. Diese befinden sich in unmittelbarer Naehe (das heisst Armreichweite) vom Zugfenster, und beherbergen mehr schlecht als recht, jene Zuzuegler vom Land, mit denen es das Schicksal (bisher) nicht so gut...

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