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Feb 3, 2006 - The further adventures of Misters Laurel and Hardy

Just photos for the moment. Alright, our last night in Pondicherry. We're spending it at Coffee.Com, the coffee house at the south end of town run by the Anwar family. Clarke and I have been hanging out here with them a fair amount. When we're not walking around town in the heat amongst men in lunghis (cloth wrapped around the waist to make a skirt) and teeny women with nose rings and swarms of kids in school uniforms, small ones leading even smaller ones home for lunch through traffic of scooters, autos, trucks, and pedestrians, here we...

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Jan 26, 2006 - Planet India

Hello from Planet India! We have now been here for about a week and are starting to adjust to all the new things on this planet. There are some similarities to life as you know it at home... but often we have to adapt in order to survive here: The moustache is one of the most important symbols of manhood in India. A man without one is considered not a man but not a woman, rather like many of those we saw in Thailand... but I digress. The men pride themselves in their mostaches and in order to fit in we are currently undergoing moustache...

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S&D's Asia Tour

Dec 29, 2005 - The inmates have been released

At the ashram, we were called inmates. Well the 2 weeks are done, and we are on the road again. Travelling with two girls, Fiona from Ireland, and Denise (New Zealand). We decide that French red wine will go perfectly with New Year's Eve, and we catch a night train to Ponicherry. Ponicherry is a former French colony on the east coast of India. After a 12 hour train ride we arrive in this charming colonial town. Unfortunately, the entire town is booked. There is not a hotel room to be found. We search for 3 hours, and finally decide to hire...

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Dec 29, 2005 - The inmates have been released

At the ashram, we were called inmates. Well the 2 weeks are done, and we are on the road again. Travelling with two girls, Fiona from Ireland, and Denise (New Zealand). We decide that French red wine will go perfectly with New Year's Eve, and we catch a night train to Ponicherry. Ponicherry is a former French colony on the east coast of India. After a 12 hour train ride we arrive in this charming colonial town. Unfortunately, the entire town is booked. There is not a hotel room to be found. We search for 3 hours, and finally decide to hire...

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Nov 10, 2005 - Chennai (madras)

Plans change.. and so it is tha hannah and i are not travelling together anymore... I took a flight from Trivandrum to Chennai, and witth absolutely no knowledge of the ciy, stole some references to backpackers lodges. the first one on the list was broadlands, which when i arrived was pure bliss. whitewashed walls, with blue tinge, the rooms were on three levels surrounding a courttyard with a couple of trees, some elderly women keeping htre gounds and afew cats. My room, was incredible. just perfect. Peeling paint, he walls had shapes that...

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Oct 18, 2005 - Mamallapuram

Caught a bus to Mamallapuram. Pissed with rain (some might say that is becoming a theme of our trip to India) - like monsoon type rain - have I mentioned what that is like? As we arrived, I got soaked from head to toe despite being in an autorickshaw! Still feeling sick - again waves of nausea and am wondering if its malaria - wouldn't surprise me considering the number of times the little fuckers have made a meal of me. Had some pasta for dinner hoping that may settle my stomach. No more curries :(

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Sep 30, 2005 - Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram is another seaside town that was badly hit by the tsunami. I took the opportunity here to rest for a while and edged away from the 'planned activities', instead spending my structured time at a local orphange hanging out with the children there.

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simon goes global

Aug 31, 2005 - too many hearts pushed together and beating

I am safely in Chennai. Somewhere in the Vancouver-LA-Taipei-KualaLumpur-Chennai airline chaos, my baggage was lost. So I am safely in Chennai, but without clean underpants, a toothbrush, insect repellent, and some other important things. I really do love it here though. I love the heat and the traffic (they don't do lanes as such here, although officially they drive on the left, but it's really a free for all.) and the smell and the food and the lizards on the ceiling. More later, and off to Bangalore tomorrow. Adele is fantastic. I am...

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Jun 8, 2005 - Delhi

I must include my arrival in Delhi in this travelogue. Remember I was flying Singapore Airlines. We were due to land at 9:55 pm. At regular intervals the pilot would come on the PA system and tell us that the weather in Delhi was fine. It was 44 that day! At around 9 he came on and said that there would be a delay of 10 minutes due to bad weather. The stewardess came on the PA system and told us to fasten our seat belts and take note of the Emergency Exits!! For the next two hours he said that we would be delayed by 10 minutes because of...

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May 28, 2005 - Update 2 from India

Hope that everyone is well back in Australia. We get very little news from home apart from the news about how well Richmond is going. Go Tiges! I haven't seen TV, read a paper or heard the news since I arrived here. The weather continues to be hot and yes it is the hottest three weeks of the calendar year right now. We've had a couple of days over 43 deg and the nights although cooler, not by much. One goes to bed with a wet flannel on the forehead with the fan going to help sleep. Well the work with the boats was going well and we had...

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May 20, 2005 - The beautiful south

I'm in Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram and have just arrived from Chennai, or Madras. It all depends on who you speak to, or which signs you take notice of. Whatever the case, the south is a different country. Mamallapuram is a small village about two hours' drive from India's fourth biggest city. It's a beautiful location, the site of many rock carvings and a couple of extraordinary temples dating from the seventh century. The golden beach is wide and long, and overlooks the Bay of Bengal. The village sleeps and wakes to the gentle tapping...

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May 19, 2005 - Assertive action

The hotter is gets, the more inclined I am spend to spend greater amounts on transport. With the promise of air-conditioning, a reclining cushioned seat and ample legroom, I purchased a ticket with Messieurs Sri Balaji Travels and promised to return at eight o'clock the following morning to take seat number 11a on the Bangalore-Chennai express-deluxe coach. I arrived at the appointed place just twenty minutes late, after a couple of cups of sweet milky tea. There is no point arriving on time for anything in this country. Except trains,...

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