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  • Day4

    Hey bloggy ๐Ÿ˜‹
    I'm sure you're getting used to our adventures starting from the Ampera bridge ๐Ÿ˜ถ but it's just the way it is ๐Ÿ˜„. Today was the day our bargaining skills were put to the real test ๐Ÿ˜Ž! Satu dua and pulu were used frequently in combination with tidac and bagus๐Ÿ˜‚ (they just sound so funny)! Shopping in the street below the Ampera bridge was the start. We took a few pictures of cute and super expressive kids who we met near the Musi river๐Ÿ˜„. Omg!!! Forgot to tell you something strange ๐Ÿ™ƒ. All the cats here in Indonesia have got these really short and super bushy tails๐Ÿ˜‚. I have no idea why though it looks very cute๐Ÿ˜ and we observed this for many cats.
    Anyways back to the journey we continued towards the Kuto Besak. On the way there we saw the big eagle (of man city) which was sorta cool๐Ÿ˜Ž! We also visited a museum where an old guide tried to communicate with us (I wanna emphasize the word tried) ๐Ÿ˜‚ cause he's could not do it effectively! But a few interesting things could be seen inside (won't go again there though ๐Ÿค—). It cost us a heafty IDR 30,000 per person with the guide fees included but later we happened to have a conversation with the locals who were curious about HOW TO GROW A NICE BEARD๐Ÿ˜‚! (Coconut oil we said๐Ÿ˜‚) The place Kuto Besak is a nice place to just be. Set facing the Ampera bridge just beside the Musi river, you can just sit there facing whichever way you want losing the sense of time (I'm sorry I keep mentioning this but that's really my way of feeling joy๐Ÿ˜„). Later we had a game of football with the kids in a mosque nearby before we headed back home.๐Ÿ˜€
    Salamat Malam๐Ÿ˜‰
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  • Day3

    The daily routine begins very early here :D contrary to my indian sleeping habits ๐Ÿ˜‚. I wonder myself sometimes if 5:30 is a wake-up time or a sleeping time ๐Ÿค”. Anyways the stadium here (meant for Asian games) is buzzing like a hive of bees. People walk, cycle but playing badminton and aerobics are something uncommonly common here ๐Ÿ˜„. Running is a pleasure here and the houses on the road to the stadium are something I'm guessing are unique to Indonesia. Just imagine an immobile houseboat (like the one from kerela) floating on a pool of muddy water where you have the joy of fishing from your bedroom (maybe after you've used a bottle of room-freshner for survival)๐Ÿ˜†. Also the peeps in these homes grow lots of nice plants and trees in the swamps for business and it all seems sustainable ๐Ÿ˜Š.
    The Ampera bridge divides the city into 2 parts :
    The fun part on the other side and the boring part on which is our side.๐Ÿ˜ช But the bridge provides some beautiful views with nice benches to sit around on it. The gentle breeze makes one forget how hot the day's been and one can just stare endlessly at the activities happening below. The SENSE OF TIMELESSNESS is worth travelling for ๐Ÿ˜‡! Below the bridge is an amazing Street market for shopping ๐Ÿ˜. The boat station allows us to the nearby island but the shops sell some of the most beautiful clothes. Just walking around there felt like India again ๐Ÿค” strange to see 2 people playing chess as well ๐Ÿ˜„.
    There is also a lake beside my home which looks so beautiful with the moon coming out ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. The OPI mall nearby is just something ordinary though :D. Now we can do character development finally ๐Ÿ˜Ž. Random order it is :D

    1) Feri : He's like a very very nice brother here who's like the PA of the boss helping with everything. Always ready to show me around the town :D with a firm hand on the piano ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ˜‰. He's the right person to ask anything for :D he's a fixer haha!

    2) Aji : He's like the technical right hand of the boss :D. He's English is really good (by Indonesian standards) ๐Ÿ˜Š. Not overcurious but just interested that's a perfect blend. We're having some nice conversations lately โ˜บ๏ธ (Aku gila ๐Ÿ˜‚)

    3) The other 2 ladies in the office : One's name is Neni and the other is slightly older. They seem genuinely interested in Bollywood and India with a special fondness towards ladoo ๐Ÿ˜‹. Can't believe the older one got upset just because the boss told her to talk in English ๐Ÿ˜‚! (That's like so childish even for me to say)

    4) The pretty English teacher : Dunno her name but seems the best English speaker here๐Ÿค—. Dream of living in Japan haha seems a bit curious about me haha :D.

    5) Raka : He's the other dude who can talk almost proper English ๐Ÿ˜€. He came up with a double meaning sentence ๐Ÿ˜‚!

    6) Alam : My Bud's been amazing from the start. Helping me out with everything pretty much. His enthusiasm seems remarkable ๐Ÿ˜ฑ! Also he's like Mr.Knowall of practical stuff here. Arsenal fan too :D. Deserves a reward ๐Ÿ˜‰!

    7) The AIESECers : Well the meetings seem like a comedy show (for the part I've attended). Lead by a super childish gay leader, apart from a few mature souls the agency is more about meetings than entertaining and comforting the incoming students. Dele Alli is super amazing though ๐Ÿ˜„! Miftah and khasa are nice too ๐Ÿ˜‰.

    8) Sira : He's a very accommodative and calm person๐Ÿ˜„. Nice company with a bit of an obsession for pictures and status๐Ÿ˜!

    The other 2 people who cook and clean the house for us are SUPER AMAZING!!! SO POLITE ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š LOVE THEM!! Can't talk about my boss as the blog might be public ๐Ÿ˜†.
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  • Day1

    The past few days have been very India like to be precise but I've assumed the role of a white RICH tourist ๐Ÿ˜‚. The journey to Indonesia had been a very unforgettable one cause can't forget something you don't remember ๐Ÿ˜‚. The Singapore international is HUGEEEE!! Maybe as big as the IITM๐Ÿ˜ฎ! McDonald's in India seems way better (the one there's got bitter orange juice, the PUT HAM IN BURGERS WITHOUT MENTIONING!!!) But on the brighter side of things the sleeping seats there are AMAZING!! So are all the facilities there :D, it's all so good๐Ÿ˜‹. Palembang visa procedure was so funny :D haha. I actually bribed the customs officers there and after a small chat with my new Indonesian friend they agreed with just โ‚น2000 haha :D.
    Readjusting to the new schedule hasn't been easy specially due to change in sleep patterns but having all the house to oneself is very nice as well ๐Ÿ˜‰. Work schedule is rather relaxed, and work is very subjective but fun :D. Designing a banner is super fun ๐Ÿ˜„. Also talking in front of an audience of 500 ultra rich Indonesians is interesting ๐Ÿ˜Ž.

    Some special mentions about Indonesia :

    1)Go-Jek seems like a nice startup idea for India as well ๐Ÿค”... You'll ask me what they are ? Well imagine a taxi only as a scooter ๐Ÿ˜€ (they seem super cheap and also apparently they're reliable :D).
    2) People run really slowly ๐Ÿ˜•. Like not one person runs faster than 6 mins per km :/ but maybe that's exactly what the Germans think about Indians as well ๐Ÿ˜‚.
    3) Religion is not induced here maybe people just truly believe what they have learned (I'm talking about OUR GENERATION not our parents')๐Ÿ™‚. Feels a bit strange that majority of the teens believe.๐Ÿ˜ฑ
    4) Students here got cars lol๐Ÿ˜‚! I mean bigass cars (So much for poor Indonesians ๐Ÿ™„).
    5) Almost everyone here smokes ๐Ÿ˜ถ. It's a bit TOO COMMON here :P. Good or bad it's very observable.
    6) Everyone here is so damn short ๐Ÿ˜‚! I'm wearing XL tshirts beat that!!!๐Ÿ˜†
    7) Switches are opposite ๐Ÿ˜‚! ON IS OFF and OFF IS ON ๐Ÿ˜†.
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  • Day85

    About the day : Let me conclude that the previous day had ended with a really long discussion about sizes of boobs :D and Adam secretly revealed his habit of watching a lot of videos :D. Before this the day we had a few memorable events :
    1. Ni had alcohol for the first time in his life (His dizzy state can be detected by a sudden splurge of increase in talkativeness specially about NERD stuff and increased irritability let's be careful from now on)
    2. The double roti place is a really good burger joint (a little expensive but just as good as the barbecue places if you love burgers)
    3. US101 ain't always really crowded cause the DJs are mostly playing music only on Fridays and Saturdays (this was whispered by the bouncer outside as an attempt at establishment of trust between us

    Raphael is dancing like super crazyyyy..... (Moves like Jagger literally :P). The night was memorable one starting for the parotha place. A bunch of sufficiently tasty parothas at the parotha express kicked off the start of the night. The main fun was the discussion about the baggage of Raphael given to Julian and the dilemma about too much weight. The main issues were
    1. Julian's meet with Bea in Goa which might affect the preference dynamics in case some of the luggage needs to be thrown out.
    2. His Gfs insistence on not carrying all the luggage permissible by the flight agency.
    3. Julian ignoring messages from Raphael (it's obvious why he did not care about other people!! HE WAS IN GOA WITH HIS GF :P)
    4. Maybe it's just RAPHAEL!!!!
    Anyways we had the laugh of the month courtesy of Marco ( the whole story is that Raphael as always was cribbing about the prospect of his shoes and spices being thrown out of the flight. Marco genuinely pointed that he could just put those stuff in and throw some other stuff outside instead). At the moment it just seemed really funny :P.
    The issue was solved quickly as he got a message that someone had compromised in his stead. So it all ended well temporarily :D (The group for the party was a strange one, Adam, Rishabh, Marco, Raphael, The indian from Tirupati, Dan and Ondrej (whose gf was to arrive today and HE LOOKED LIKE A SUPER FUCKING STARRRR!!!!!!!!! His blue suit just caught the eye :D.)
    I can't believe that Raphael and Marco were able to successfully hitchhike all the way to Tasmac. It felt strange that someone unexpected had all the adrenaline to do all this :D. The Tasmac was as always like Tasmac :D (lots of Indian people staring at foreigners :p, too crowded a place with a unique smell of its kind).

    The discussion the particular day was about a dilemma :
    If dropped from the top of the Burj-khalifa, would a banana hurt a person more or a coin thrown with the purpose of of damaging a person ?
    Well different logics were presented to justify both sides of the argument.
    For the coin logic :
    1) The shape of the coin would have more pressure exerted just as soon as the collision takes place.
    2) The shape of the coin would also imply a less air resistance therefore more velocity attained.
    3) Coins do hurt (seen in soccer games)
    For the banana logic :
    1) The banana is way heavier, which will directly affect the velocity to be way more.
    2) It's more mass will also increase the impact because it's proportional to transfer of momentum.
    I'm not sure what's the correct but I guess coins hurt more :D.

    The bottle flip was successfully achieved by Lorenzo :D.
    Here we sit writing you (my diary cum blog) while others are amazed with how out dancing thirst is satisfied so early whilst the atmosphere being so electric :D. (I guess it's just the hormone pumping substance that gets you all charged up to exhibit some of the primal instincts)
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  • Day111

    This is mainly to highlight the life besides basically the TRIPS! :O
    The Monica of all this life could be said to as the couch of Bhadra. Well they're always the hub of meeting friends and making plans with them. Marco is just a call away from the entrance too :D.
    Ok about the International day now. Well the cooking was really fun except the part about getting ingredients again and again and again and again :(. The biscuits cooking episode with rob was super super fun! Firstly genius of Rob to come up with an oven like mechanism wherein you place a vessel and a tray inside a big ALUMINIUM (ahha you'll see why) vessel and put cookies on the tray. So batches of biscuits came out nicely from the oven and there was a noticeable orange spot at the bottom of the aluminium vessel :p which finally transformed into a big hole. (Mainly cause melting point of aluminium is 600C) But we continued with our biscuits. Hoping making enough for everyone in the big kitchen to taste and maybe as a compensation for our sins :D. The biscuits were super tasty (secret was the perfect and a bit more sugar than prescribed :p). Finally we escaped the crime scene without being caught (remarkable ain't it). The next day was about the omlettes and also the Czech potato pancakes. The omlettes seemed so nice even before cooking completely. Dipping potatoes in olive oil and then frying them. Yum-yum ๐Ÿ˜‹. The pancakes were amazing too and cooking them seemed a real challenge ๐Ÿ˜„. Then rain was a big spoiler though and all events seemed to encompassed by wet shorts.
    Francisco and Antonio seem like ghosts haha :p.
    The party the day after the international day was nice. Dancing was fun at for a while haha :D. Theo and Charles no more discussion on our kind of topics :/. The exam the next day was fine as well haha :D.
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  • Day61

    Unlike the last time the start of the trip was a free ticket :p. Being a German these days I was used to being a physical alarm clock for the group which provided delivery to Bhadra too :P hahahhahahhahahahahhahahahahhaha!
    Getting up early and after freshning up soon I was at Bhadra shouting "MARCOOOO! GET UP :P" then came Tomas haha :D. Ahmed had woken up by the time the cab arrived (stupid of me to book an SUV for just 4 guys but who gives anymore). We were soon at the Egmore station in time to catch the 6:50 train (Dadar express) to our destination. The journey was comfy but I met a strange young kid from Maharashtra who seemed very experienced with this particular journey. His conversations were about places he enjoyed in Tamil Nadu like Madurai and why I must go there :). Also he seemed like an expert at sticking feet out of the train door so as to just brush the platform in a moving train :D (too risky for a pussy like me lol). Soon I was lost in deep sleep only to be woken up by a grandma who kept moving around in the train from one compartment to another. (She could never compete for an election in the compartment I'm sure cause she pissed of a lot of people including MEEEEE!!). Anyways our lil friend had taken a seat at the end of our compartment on top of the rest of us near the door :P. Amazing seat it was haha :D. Soon we hurriedly moved out to a station when everyone told us to go out :D. A bus from there and we were in Tirupati :). After a nice so called breakfast (of samosa, kachori and some jalebis) we were at the base of the temple. The path looked a familiar one (since I had been here a few days before obviously). I thought that all the running training would make this way easier :). With positive mentality I began the climb faster (dressed in the customary sleeveless and borrowed shorts from Nishant :P). A few steps and a few stops later the ticket checking point still seemed distant :(. It's a very interesting phenomenon when you are actually climbing the steps actually.
    Your feelings would be undergo the following transition :p -------------->
    The others are so lazy walking so slow :) I could go all the way easily without stopping ------------->
    Maybe a break here and there won't affect so much I'm still way better than these fatasses ---------------->
    Oh shit how many more steps :( ------------------->
    Fuck it I'm a human after all the climb is a bitch -------------->
    I can't do this anymore such a bad decision to come here ----------->
    BIG BREAKKKKK!!! ------------->
    :D I'm ready to go love this experience :)
    NOTE : These transitions are cyclic :)
    So after cycle 1 we were at the base one (That indicates 2083 steps :P and also the most difficult part consider 75% done).
    Tomas and me went ahead (not before my usual MRP price fight when buying water; it's not about the โ‚น5 per water bottle but the exploitation that I'm concerned with on a mass scale and anyways I'm learning new ways of trade every time :P love it!!! :3) walking at a nice pace. The way from now on was much nicer with almost being flat. The discussions about future journeys were true indicators of our immense attachment :D. (I really like Tomas) He promised to take me around Sevilla if I was there :). So we went up and up looking at the magnificent views on the offer especially just before the final steps. The final climb wasn't very difficult at all and the feeling of reaching the top was amazing *_*. After a nice meal we spilt up as the other bought dhotis and proceeded towards going inside the temple while I waited taking naps and curiously looking at the people around who seemed to be in a hurry :o. The place opposite to the temple is an amazing place to nap :p. Soon later I saw them return without entering the temple cause it would have taken too long :D (very expected). We took a bus back to Chennai directly for just โ‚น200 each and besides the usually irritating baby cries I don't remember anything special about the journey.
    It was a good time :D
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  • Day1

    Now we're back to doing trips again after a bit boring September :D. I was so happy to be travelling with some Indians at last (Punjabis haha that's even more awesome :D).
    3 Germans and 3 Indians is a really nice combination to travel with :). So we started early on Saturday and we were at the railway station by 7:40 on time to catch the Brindavan express. Risking buying no tickets was no risk at all looking at the number of people in the general class compartment! We could imagine an empty compartment had the TC actually come cause no one had tickets :p. Our journey kickstarted with a few interesting conversations and then we enjoyed our poker adventures (also got my first introduction to teen Patti).
    While we were contemplating whether to kick the guys enjoying the door seat out or not the breeze made our journey not so bad. A few traded seats, a few more games later we were at the place close to yelagiri. The journey lasted nearly 3.5 hours. Although a bus would be the perfect way to reach yelagiri we couldn't find one so after lunch at a nearby restaurant we started our lengthy negotiations with Took Took drivers. Finally we fit all of us in one Took Took and started our really slow journey up to yelagiri. It was fun with the view on either side being really beautiful.

    Then we did some snack shopping for the big hiking expedition. Having started on our journey we decided to lose the GPS and try to get to the waterfall using our direction senses๐Ÿ˜‚

    It didn't prove to be quite fruitful as we spent most of the time climbing up and down a big mountain, the journey through thorns, filled with an imagination of experience of a man vs wild like scanerio was a different experience indeed
    Anyways idk which mountain we climbed I'm sorry I could show you what I saw from you there but in general that's unimportant, the more important part was the journey with long sticks (because all of us had one) fighting with everyone haha :p

    At the top of the so called mystery mountain described by me we found a goat herder, so lost were we at the time that we believed him even though he nodded to whatever we said ๐Ÿ˜‚ Going by his chosen path we ended up nowhere running around in circles finally choosing our path on the way up to go down ๐Ÿ˜‚. We filled our journey up with moral dilemma questions (the usual ones with Dan I mean) and the new set of sexual ones ๐Ÿ˜‚. After a few hours we ended up using GPS trying to go to the waterfall but giving up home and ending up back at the hotel ๐Ÿ˜‚ ... After many card games and a few showers later we ended up having a nice dinner at a nearby restaurant๐Ÿ˜‹ *Dhanish hotel*๐Ÿ˜Š. A late night walk to find the lake was more about breaking into private property unknowingly๐Ÿ˜‚ but the sleep was good and so was the start of the new day. Having a proper breakfast at the lake view hotel ( I should add beloved because the price was amazing for the hotel like โ‚น300 per person for that room)๐Ÿ˜‰

    This time we knew what to do and what not to do so we did end up going to the right road to the waterfallโ€‹๐Ÿ˜‚...
    We asked a few knowledgeable villagers๐Ÿ™ˆ and the path took us way way down through cliffs and normal roads finally to a waterfall after maybe 3 hours of trekking. Offering some amazing views and memories we chat forget. The way down the waterfall to swim in it was a bit tricky and risky ๐Ÿ˜‚ all of us made it alive safely that's nice :)
    The waterfall was really nice with very slippery rocks though and the kids there were really friendly ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Swimming after a hot day trekking was perfect. A few many many pics later we headed back still not able to forget the magnificent view from the top and after a sugarcane juice and a crazy TOOK TOOK ride later (the ride was filled up jumps up and down I do recall my head hitting the roof of the TOOK TOOK a dozen time at least) we reached the railway station. A few negotiations and a took took later we were back after taking our luggage from there back on our way to Chennai. The journey back was quite different actually... A palmistry book for a train is highly recommended because everyone is super curious then. Having meet a guy who talks too much and a technician from Apollo and a few other people reading their hands seemed like a nice exercise to practice.
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  • Day1

    The trip was more or less the result of no travel for a while now and the itch for travelling or getting out of the institute was getting too much. Fortunately this time we had a guide, a big car and lots of food and water with us. (The comfort of a car is totally worth it I guess because spending just โ‚น650 per person for the ride to and fro would be equivalent to a bus trip to and fro to Pondicherry plus the added advantage of playing loud music and stretching legs while getting comfy seats is not really comparable :D) We (well Ni Mohan theo and Charles) left early at 5 to get the car and then filled the car up with peeps at Taramani. Then we set off to our destination. The prospect of burning some calories amid the beauty of a forest and the cool breeze under a waterfall was just amazing!! The journey was about 2 hours long as the place is nearly 80kms away. We had breakfast at a very awesome (slightly expensive โ‚น130 per person) restaurant on the way (the food was delicious btw). The view on either side of the road is just green green trees and farms indicating abundance of water. Anyway we soon reached with half of my playlist over :D and the lake nearby was nice which lead us on to a path towards the waterfall. The path we chose was (obviously) the wrong one and we kept on climbing up the mountain for nearly 2 hours before realising that it was too risky :P. The view from there was amazing though :D. The climb down was both risky and exhausting. Thankfully we made it back in one piece with our shirts wet with sweat and cuts all over our legs :D. I must mention about our guide who was expertly navigating through the mountains with such ease that made our jaws drop. Without sweating even a bit she was able to follow us. (I'm referring to a dog actually :D)
    After a few unsuccessful attempts to find the right road to the waterfall we finally got there and the place was nice. With cold water and places to jump in it was truly worth it. We cleansed our dirty bodies there and swam till we became super hungry!! We headed back after a nice snack meal we had bought :P with us. That's it for today but it was amazing!!!
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  • Day1

    We started the day quite early at 6 am from the main gate. A bus after waiting a while from Madhya Kailash meant that we reached the CMBT by 7:30. A very affordable breakfast there (an ice cream candy, a samosa and a packet of chips :D just love layz hahhahahah). We got a bus which started at 8:00 (buses are available all the time). The ticket was a minimal โ‚น87 one way. After reaching gingee by around 11:30 we went to the first fort there which offers a bigger climb (around 1500 steps). It's only open till 3pm for entry btw. Tickets were a reasonable โ‚น15 for Indians which can be used for the other fort too :D. The climb there is quite challenging and also fun :D. The view it offers at various places are amazing :D. You can see some pics of it :). It's possible for fit guys to go non stop :D I'll be posting a calories burnt analysis from now on :D. We burned around 200 in total says Ni. Anyways we reached the top by 1:00 I guess and we could see the whole city from there :โˆ†. Finally we took a TOOK TOOK on the way back after climbing down to the city for lunch. Cost us like โ‚น8 per person haha :p. We had biryani near one of the places we could see on Zomato. It was decent lol then we set off for the 2 nd fort :). The climb was more rapid but equally more tiring :D. We could see the other fort from there. Then on the way back we got off before CMBT. A bus to Adyar and called off the day :D.Read more

  • Day1

    Day 3: After leaving for Tirupati from Hyderabad we reached here by 8:30 as the train was late a bit (as usual). After freshening up (the toilets were extremely clean for India and the joy of shitting in a WESTERN TOILET was unique) we left to have some breakfast. The Saravanan bhavan is a nice shop a kilometre from the railway station (the city is quite compact). The dosas were quite nice there although they put too much onions in the onion dosa :p. We left there to explore the city on the way to the temple. The Ganesh chaturthi celebrations were in full swing where we saw many Ganesha statues on the way and the city gave a certain joy as we walked through it. The entrance of the temple road didn't seem so crowded. The first step read 10kms to go and it didn't seem much at all. But the first 2kms were damn tiring as the steps were quite steep and there was no room for walking after every step. Though the experience was amazing cause I was stretched to the limit with the climbing. Although dan and Theo seemed very happy to climb them easily idk how lol :p. The climbing of the stairs are in different phases, sometimes it's easy cause the stairs are not steep at all for kilometres straight, whereas sometimes it's difficult it's fun on the whole. The view from the top is mesmerizing! :D :D
    I didn't understand why people are crawling the last few steps (is it that they are so tired or is it a tradition). The temple at the top ain't great at all. It's all just hocus pocus :/. Nothing special at the TOP!!!!! STUPID PEEPS !!!! Unfair marketing!!! High rates!!! Stupid stupid !! Don't put faith in all this like fools -.-
    On the way back we couldn't get a direct bus to Chennai so we went to the city down and then tried for a bus but it was overbooked. So we sat on the floor till we got seats. It took us 4 hours to get back. We took a metro and then a cab back to institute. It was fun :p
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  • Day1

    Since we have already concluded diary that you're NOT A BLOG BUT A DIARY I can start off on an unofficial note. The week has been fun, especially the cricket game we witnessed for โ‚น100 only. No one really cared who won or lost but the game was nice with a few hits here and a few hits there. Also the atmosphere was electric with people howling and shouting all the time. Anyways that's all I remember about the game.
    So let's get started with our trip details and how the plan to hitchhike worked out :)
    Date: August 25th

    DAY 1:
    We started as early as 5 am from Bhadra hostel and it took us little time to reach the main gate. By that time I had already realised that I had nit become a German yet :(. (I forgot to take an umbrella and a mosquito repellant and was also stupidly wearing shorts) Since hitchhiking from the main gate is a bit too much to expect we decided to go to the Chennai - Hyderabad road first and then hitchhike. So we (I forgot to mention I was with Daniel from Czech who's a better German than the others) waited a while in the rain trying to prevent mosquitoes from biting us and finally caught a bus to the main bus stand in Chennai (koyembedu). After a little food we decided to take a government bus to Nellore because hitchhiking in the rain may not have been the best option. By the time we reached Nellore (by the way THIS PLACE HAS GOT LIKE AN INSANE NUMBER OF BEGGARS and not that I'm insensitive but really it's very very noticeable) out itch for hitchhiking had begun to be out of control. So we walked through the city to the road we wanted to go to. The hitchhiking didn't take too long as we were taken up by a guy who claimed to be from Ongole. He seemed friendly at the start but we were stopping so many time and he along with his companion was getting restless calling some people talking in native language. Then when we stopped at another place he asked us for money which I had expected since there seemed something off with the guy :/. May he die in peace lol cause then we just took our bags off the damn truck and left as quickly as possible this time hoping to have a better filter for choosing a ride. This was maybe like 40kms from Nellore.
    A few minutes from there we tried hitchhiking again and this time we decided to take an individual guy not a group of people inside. We found one in less than a couple of minutes. This guy was genuinely nice who happened to be from Jharkhand and was taking 7 Nissan cars from Chennai to Kolkata. He could talk well in hindi and we were able to connect very nicely. He was a bit overcurious about Dan (well but so are most Indians cause seeing someone white give them like the OMG reactions!) and he was asking a few questions about Dan which I had to translate and ask Dan. This exercise was ok at the start but then became a bit mundane. The journey though was very pleasant. With gentle breeze flowing in from both side and a nice view of the road, it felt like this should just go on and on. The driver seemed to present a very interesting point that he had tobacco to keep him awake (gotta check up on that) also he talked about his family and how life of a driver was boring. (Well sleeping alone for 6 months in a truck ain't the most fun life I guarantee :/) As we went on and on he talked about various interesting things about what kind of places he has been to, where he likes to eat and so on. We stopped at a nearby PAHADI dhaba for some food which he insisted on. The food there was quite good with a typical north indian taste and after eating it fully we inched closer towards Vijayawada :D.
    About 40 kms from Vijayawada he was too sleepy and couldn't drive anymore so we had a final meal with him and bid him goodbye. He had meanwhile managed to help us get another truck who would drop us at Vijayawada and this ride was much smoother (well the truck was brand new that's why). So after reaching there we took a truck to Hyderabad and had a nice sleep.

    DAY 2:
    Freshening up at the railway station isn't such a great idea at all. I was surprised at how the Czech didn't mind the hygiene of the station. (I guess accepting the situation as it is makes you a bit devoid of reality) The brushing was fine but blocked toilets are a bit overbearing even for an Indian who could adjust to anything lol :p. We soon headed out to the Golkonda fort by taking a couple of buses from the Secunderabad station. After some breakfast nearby we reached the fort in time when no one else was there. The fort was a joy to go around in such a pleasant weather. The place has a special spot where if you clap you hear a very distinct weird sound which was super cool :D. Climbing it ain't a challenge at all but the views of the city it offers are truly worth it. We could see the effect of the monsoon on the city as even the usually expected dry city of Hyderabad had become green very green indeed. After a long nap near the top of the fort and a bit of sightseeing we headed below again. (The nap was disturbed by the security for bullshit reasons and I will have my revenge) So a bit more rest and a few songs later we were heading towards char minar. (I forgot to mention about the HARRASSMENT OF US almost everyone in the city for money be it beggars or the TOOK-TOOK drivers or anyone Indians are so fucking crazy about moneys lol) the ride was nice and had a nice overview of the city from the bus. The char minar is also about the street market around it and the food stalls. The place is super crowded all the time I guess lol. We tried out some Chinese food there which was surprisingly good although they served the same Gobi Manchurian as everything lol :p. Then we met with the French who had been to the fort the day before :p. PEDE :O..... That's the word I learnt. But the palace was ok not too bad. A few nice paintings lol please look at the expressions of the people who are pained and the a kid riding the horse lol that pic is hilarious. The palace also has a few cool cars to show and a few swords and weapons collection. The sofas showcased there look so comfy man. A few ice creams later we reached the char minar. The way up is quite narrow and just seems to be going on and on. We take like maybe 5 circles in the stairs and finally the view from above is nice. We see lots of different markets there and a few nice buildings. We had some nice food in a bakery nearby by the time the rain started. So we took a UBER to the train station and boarded a train to Tirupati soon. Good night diary :)
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    DAY 2:
    Then chocked soon so we had to restart it lol :p (I'm just referring to our Spanish friend Inigo) But somehow we managed to get up by 5:30 am as planned but lost 2 of our companions because of sleep deprivation.
    The ride to Sultan batery proved to be very expensive for me :(. The extra cold weather compounded by an initially open window and my own carelessness resulted in a shattered one! โ‚น500 for that lol luckily for me it was a government bus :). The next bus was a very very comfy bus :D. It shocked all of us how a government bus could be so comfy :D.
    After reaching the desired place we were greeted by our over enthusiastic driver Jafar who had special love for Tomorrowland and selfies with *foreigners*๐Ÿ˜„
    It didn't take us too long to reach the tree house and were greeted by the fake *hospitable* couple (that's entirely cause they shadily told us to politely *fuck off* in the middle of the night by allowing only 4 instead of the promised 5 people). Although these synthetic people tried to offer us their home grown bananas and tea too which would have cost around โ‚น200 in total (nothing special about either of the 2).
    Anyways we did manage to freshen up and then leave for an *authentic* kerela meal which was decent actually especially for the price. At โ‚น100 per person for unlimited food not bad I guess :). By then our driver had assumed that his food was to be paid by us (god knows why cause he was not at all hesitant to accept the exact amount and didn't return any as a courtesy). Soon after lunch we made it to the edakala caves (pardon me for the bad spelling). This place offers a decent view but nothing else about it is too special considering the amount of crowd this place manages to pull lol :p. The world is really a fools paradise. We met an interesting UK team of 2 guys on the way who rightly suggested us not to go to a few places as they're closed for this season. They seemed fun especially the half Bulgarian big guy :p. After a few pics and a few pushes and pulls we reached our car and went to a nearby waterfalls. This place was decent with a nice view and we all witnessed a great show by DJ Jannik :p when he was going into water. Then we went to a jackfruit festival lol :p. We saw so many types of them really really BIG ones!
    It was quite interesting and the fruits there were one of the sweetest Jackfruits I had eaten. After that we headed to the Jubilee restaurant for a really amazing dinner ๐Ÿ˜‹
    After ordering 5 starters and 5 curries plus naans till we were full the price was still less than โ‚น400 per person which was amazing
    Satisfied we returned to the tree house to learn about the *fake* hospitality so me and Ondrej ventured out to find a decentish room and finally we got a place for just โ‚น500 for 2 of us and the driver.

    DAY 3:
    The next day started very early when we tried to get tickets for the safari but couldn't get them (please be there like at 6am). So we left it and went to a dam where we spent most of our morning after a decent breakfast. The place was really nice after which we had a bread omlette breakfast. The day wasn't so bad after all :). Then we visited a lake and another waterfalls. The ride was super fun cause our DJ had an amazing playlist. The conversations about fried and 48 were fun too (fried was the fish Jan ate and 48 was daniel's bag) haha.
    A dinner again at Jubilee and then a sweet tasting adventure afterwards, both were very satisfying. Then the tree house was a pleasure listening to the sounds of various insects and the silence of the night was truly beautiful to the ears (melodious is too cliched) :p. Also we could come up with a plan for Hyderabad for the coming weekend which was a nice bonus.

    DAY 4:
    The night was quick and we had to leave for Calicut the next day morning so we got up early and freshened up. We hit the road by 6:10. The road there was really beautiful and we stopped on various occasions to click pics and admire the beauty. Then we said goodbye to our media freaky driver and explored the city for a place to eat. We made some friends along the way who helped us explore the city and also showed us a fancy place to eat. A few pics later they disappeared only footprint remains on FB now. Anyways the fish market in the city was too smelly although the real one was a nice one. After a small lunch we rested in a park. After securing our tickets back we waited for the train and then finally on the way back we met so many students from IITM. The journey was a bit congested but was fine I guess. The journey was amazing though :D.
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