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Feb 8, 2017 - Bus to Chennai

2/8-9 Tuk tuk to highway and Express bus to SIMS hospital in Chennai...2 to 3:30pm. There early (we were scheduled to check in at 6) so after a bit of confusion and calling Mohan (who arranged everything) they put us in our same room where we were a month earlier. Bon saw Dr. Bose at 5 and a real nice chat in which he answered all her questions and then more about our president etc., ha! We went out to dinner at the mall nearby...should have seen the Subway but instead settled for very unsatisfactory Burger King! Sleep was fast...I got to...

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Jan 18, 2017 - Move from Resort to Vinodhara Guesthouse

Wiki Info on Mamallapuram 1/18 Amazing the difference, or should I say the lack of difference between rooms at a resort and a guesthouse...the major difference is price, ha! $140 vs $14 US...of course, we don't get breakfast here, but when we go buy breakfast at a restaurant it is less than $5 US! But seeing the difference in the people who stay in each place is also an eye opener! Folks at the resort (not the help staff but guests) are aloof, needy, and their expectations w.r.t. service are very high! This is not to say the owner & help...

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Jan 16, 2017 - Check out and go to Chariot Beach Resort

12/15 Slowly, slowly we prepare for our departure...packing and saying goodbyes, and still eating...way too much for our lack of 'real' excercise, ha! Took 2+ hours to get to Chariot Beach Resort...last day of Tamil New years festival. Tons of traffic!!! For two days we walked around the place and out to the beach ... a totally different 'crowd' comes to these resorts as you might imagine. Not a lot of chit chat between guests. About an even divide between foreign and Indian tourists.

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Jan 10, 2017 - Bon Goes Into Hip Surgery

1/10 Hospital Where Bon's Surgery Took Place Up at 6 a.m., Bonnie was into the shower and out before the nurse came in to get her 'ready' for surgery at 7:30. In good spirits and after a meet with Dr. Bose last night (along with the entire team, ha!) she was very confident and up! ___ I went down to ICU about 11:30 a.m. but Bon was not awake yet...then about 1 p.m. again and she was awake and talking and Dr. Bose showed up as well and said all went well. Bon was feeling good but still dopy. Mare showed up about 1:45 and we visited for...

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Jan 7, 2017 - Flight to Chennai

1/7 Went to the airport early so we could get good seat assignments towards the front of the plane. Bon quite opportunistically asked a fellow in the ticket window for Jet Air about it and he went ahead and assigned us our seats even though we would still have to wait another 2 hours to check in! Mare and I played cards while Bon read. It ended up being a half hour late at departure...seemed to me that SpiceJet had some preference, looked like a lot of group travellers taking SpiceJet. The flight was only 2 + hours yet they served us a nice...

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Oct 30, 2015 - Pallava

Our late checkout from hotel Perumal, allowed us time to visit the Grand Bazaar just a few streets near to our hotel. This was a smorgasbord for the eyes. The flower market was beautiful. It was here and in the Botanical gardens that The Life of Pi was filmed. Pondicherry is a most worthwhile city to visit. It is quite unique. An hour and a half travel north along the coast road, we pass massive salt works and scampi farms. We arrive at Radisson Blu hotel. Security is stepped up. The mirror check for under our car, the metal detection of...

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Mar 13, 2015 - The village I am at is too small to be recognised by Lonely Planet so I amposting as Chenn

March 11, 2015 Jeff’s cake day tomorrow [It’s only the 10th in Canada – pacific time]. Today India won. She beat me like a dirty carpet. I was up at 5:00 AM packing gear, fixing my rear view mirror, I had to put on Suukyi’s rear brake line I bought her the other day and run to the ATM. I was 800 Rs. Short. When I returned to the hotel I drove out back to turn around because it’s tight near the lobby. The have this fucking drain that spills out on to the parking area. The water was soapy. We ended up on our asses even before we left the...

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Mar 11, 2015 - Chennai [2]

March 7, 2015 I arrived last night at the hotel at 12:30PM. Same, same, nothing different. I was happy when I arrived. I muttered my ‘thanks’ and kissed my hand, touched the gang plank, then to heart and forehead. The first time I did it was in 2004 under the veil of tears. I have always done it since. I am home. I would not have done it in 1997. Ignorant times. The fucking taxi walla wanted 550 Rs. I gave him 500 Rs. It’s a 10 minute drive. I can get to the Delhi airport from Koral Bagh for 400 Rs. It takes 30 minutes. I was too tired to...

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Jan 28, 2015 - Kumbakonam

January 9, 2015 The computer is still running fine. We are now in Kumbakonam. We are staying a Paradise Resort. It’s located about five km’s from the center of town. There are so fantastic Mandirs here. Today we did some exploring. Hired an autorickshaw. I wasn’t into taking Suukyi into town. We’d get lost. People would be touching her when I wasn’t around. Some shit grates on me after a while. There is a really nice pool here. The humidity is not nearly as bad as the coast. Not as hot either. Maybe three or four degrees cooler. Huge...

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Jan 28, 2015 - Mamallapuram

December 26, 2014 Cara is here. We are now about 70 KM’s from Chennai. The town is called Mamallpuram. There are lots of foreign tourists here. I have not seen so much white skin since Canada. It doesn’t bother me none. It’s a small village. 20,000. The village has a lot of very old mandirs. We should visit a few. There are so many Indian tourists. The pace is saturated. Christmas was on Friday thus it’s a big long weekend for everyone. Being such great importance and close proximity to Chennai anyone with a car and money is here. I wanted...

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Jan 28, 2015 - Thanjavur Rajarajeswaram [The Big Temple]

January 12, 2015 Cara has left me to my own devices. These are not mechanical devices. They are hydraulic. We went to a few mandirs today. The best being in Thanjavur located 35kms from here in a village, town, city, metropolis. For me it’s a village I am sure to others it’s a city. The Big Temple [Rajarajeswaram Temple] in Thanjavur is the greatest Indian structure I have seen next to the Taj. The size and precision of cuts reminded me of Egypt and Peru. No man, at the time could produce such work. Even today I have not seen such...

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Jan 28, 2015 - Chennai

December 21, 2014 In Chennai. The first bit I saw of Christmas was in the lobby of the hotel. The hotel is named, Hotel Grand Palace. Names of dabhas and hotels no longer amaze me. But this is a nicer one. Suukyi has to sleep outside without a cover. I have to duct tape her sleeping bag. The only thing I did not perform for her the other day was duct tape it up. My previous repair to it is also in need of re-repair. I had the peon at the hotel get me a copy of the Deccon Chronical this morning. I wanted to see if the article made it to...

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