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Dec 24, 2014 - Bhubaneshwar 2

December 9, 2014 I am out of Venlafaxine XR. One of my anti-depressants. Well almost. I can’t find it anywhere here in Bhubaneswar. Population 1,000,000. This is one of the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants. What the fuck – does no one get depressed here? I did find Devenlafaxine XR. I didn’t buy any. First I had to see what it was. They told me that it’s for depression but I wanted to check with the internet doctor. It’s pretty much the same drug only more expensive and stronger. I only have to take half of that of Venlafaxine. I...

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Dec 24, 2014 - Bhubaneshwar

December 3, 2014 Finally spoke with Susan last night. I also spoke with Lukas!! He’s nine. Such an inquisitive lad. Maybe kids are better than cats. I doubt it. When we said our bye’s he put me back on with Susan. She asked me where I was so she could show Lukas on a map. I don’t know where I am. In a town in the state of Odisha – resting for a couple of days. Even if I knew its name she would have a really tough time locating it on any map. It’s too small. The biggest closed town is Bhubaneswar. It’s about 230 KM’s to the south. The...

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Dec 5, 2014 - Ranjganj

I had to plot this as Balasore on the map. This website doesn't recognize very small villages. This was written in Ranjganj. It's just off of NH2 on my way south - finally!! Balasore is about 250 KM's south Of Ranjganj November 30, 2014 Another listless day. I am looking at the menu trying to decide what to eat. I think all I’ll get is Veg Hot and sour soup. I have to get a shave. I was going to do it today myself but fuck it. I’ll get one on the road somewhere. Where? I have no idea. I was speaking to the manager of the hotel and he told...

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Dec 5, 2014 - Balasore

December 2, 2014 Must be someone’s birthday today??? I am too old to do this anymore. Solo motorcycling around India anyway. I don’t really think about this too much until we stop fort the day. We have difficulty finding a place to sleep. To find quarters sometimes we have to go into the city. Not to many villages have a resting place. We do sometimes find them a long side the road, as long as it’s not a national highway. I hate driving into cities. As soon as we stop there are too many people. I am thirsty. I am hunger. I am sweaty. [31.5...

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Feb 24, 2014 - Taking it easy in Puri

I've had my picture taken so many times by locals and visiting Indian tourists that I'm beginning to feel like I'm on a royal tour. It's not that there aren't many other Westerners here, but I think what they find most striking is my height as I am over six feet tall. It's impossible not to strike up a conversation with people everywhere you go. It's one of the great things about India that makes travelling here so rewarding. I've spent several lazy days in Puri enjoying the sunsets, eating fish curries and simply watching the world go by....

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Six months in Asia

Feb 21, 2014 - Tigers and temples

"You coming India only one person?" is a question I'm getting asked frequently. Family is very big in India as is noise and the idea that someone would choose solitude and crave a little peace and quiet is obviously considered odd. So I reply that yes I am only one person, even though that sounds even odder. I had two very busy days in Bhubaneswar. I was up very early on Wednesday for my flight from Hyderabad. I was flying with budget airline Indigo and it only cost twice the rail fare, but did the journey in about a twelfth of the time....

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Six months in Asia

Oct 23, 2013 - 20 October - Puri

A long drive day today around the lake to reach Puri. It was intended to have a bicycle rickshaw tour of Puri this afternoon and then tomorrow hire bikes to explore the area, but as we did not reach Puri till late afternoon our bicycle rickshaw trip will take place tomorrow, then we will hire cars for our trip to the artisan village and the Konark Sun Temple. I think we are all a bit thankful for this as it is very hot and humid, not good weather for hiring bikes. I felt a bit sorry for the bicycle rickshaw guys as the weight distribution...

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Oct 23, 2013 - 19 October - Chilika Lake

A change of plan for the next couple of days. We were meant to have a short drive today and then catch a local ferry to Chilika Lake, Asia's largest brackish lagoon varying in size from 600 sq km to 1100 sq km in the monsoon, where we would be bush camping overnight. Tomorrow would be a short drive to Puri where we stay for 2 nights. But the ferry is not running due to the cyclone, so tomorrow we will have a very long drive day while we drive around the lake. Our bush camp was by the side of the lake, but the lake was very muddy on the...

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Oct 20, 2013 - 17 October - Taptapani

Today was a drive day to Taptapani, our next stop, and this place is actually on the map! There was beautiful scenery the whole way - coconut palms, bananas and huge mango trees, cotton fields, corn, beans, rice, all surrounded by tree covered hills shrouded in mist which gradually gave way to deep blue skies. Dragon flies were buzzing around, and in the villages cows and pigs roamed the streets and the locals gave us a friendly wave as we drove through..... Sorry, getting a bit carried away there. But India is such a beautiful country with...

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Oct 20, 2013 - 18 October - Gopalpur

A bit of a lie in this morning as we do not have far to go - breakfast at 8am and leave at 9am. As we travel closer to the coast the cyclone damage is more apparent. Huge trees have been uprooted or snapped in half, crops have been flattened and power poles are lying on the ground with wires hanging down everywhere. It will take a long time to get the power back on as there is no machinery here. We watched a crew of around 10 men replacing one power pole with only ropes to help them raise it. It would have been frightening to have been here...

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May 25, 2010 - Nilgiri Hills

I am up in the Nilgiri Hills with all the tea plantations in a town called Ooty. It was a seven hour drive in the mini bus and the roads are mental, a guy on a motorbike was killed and we had to wait while they cleared the traffic but the body was lying on the road under a sheet ... Scary being on the road over here. We stopped for lunch which was Thali style again with the big leaf loaded with curries and eaten by hand :) it only cost a dollar! We went to an amazing and hectic flower market where people were madly making wreaths and hair...

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Bec's Adventure 2010

Nov 12, 2009 - Puri

Puri is a smallish (~160 thousand residents) seaside resort town that is also a popular Hindu pilgrimage site. We found a nice, clean guesthouse and spent several days here relaxing. The one sight we did visit, was nearby Konark's Sun Temple. A world heritage sight, this temple from the mid-13th century, is notable (it's certainly what stood out to us) for it's erotic carvings. While most temples and religions tend to repress sexual imagery - depicting Gods cavorting in groups and pairs was celebrated here. Go figure? This relaxed town,...

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