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  • Day193

    Week one in Ahmedabad

    March 9, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We are in Ahmedabad right now and I still don’t know if I like it here or not. It the farthest from Ottawa I’ve ever seen, culture-wise, living/city-wise, and distance-wise. There aren’t many people with white skin here, so lots of people come and take selfies with us. There are a lot of homeless people here, more than I’ve ever seen in my life, especially little kids 👧🏾 and babies 👶🏾 . It makes me realize how lucky I am, to have a nice house, good food, clean water, and even to have shoes👟! When we leave Ahmedabad, I am going to make a donation to an organization that helps kids who live on the street, and Dad’s going to match the amount that I donate. We have seen an extremely wide range of wealth here, from people sleeping on the side of the road, to people living in mansions. I think that it’s important for people to visit a place like Ahmedabad, because, I think lots of people who live in North America and Europe, feel like they don’t have enough, but we need to realize how lucky we are because there are people living with literally nothing. Walking around is really hard because there are lots of crazy drivers in cars 🚘 , on scooters 🛵, motorcycles 🏍, and rickshaws (like a Thai tuk-tuk), and we don’t know how to cross streets properly here! My Mom’s friends Mohol and Christina, from when she came to India 22 years ago, live here in a big complex. They have two kids, C (she’s 12, going on 13) and K (he’s 7, going on 8). We’ve gone over to their house for dinner a couple of times. They have a very nice house, and they employ a family. There is some really good food here. My favourites are roti, parathas, aloo naan, and daal. I noticed that there are tons of street dogs, with lots of sores, and scratches, and I feel really bad for them.
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    I think it’s worth coming here, even just for a few days.
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  • Day193

    Lots to see and do...

    March 9, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Time to leave Ahmedabad, just when all of us are getting comfortable. It took us a long while to figure out ATMs, getting around, grocery shopping. Lara was able to reconnect with friends Christina and Mohal and colleagues from her work here 22 years ago. Meeting the people has been the best part for me, India is a country full of extroverts. Everywhere I go I can chat with willing locals, take selfies with opportunistic teenagers, or join a cricket game in the park. On to Udaipur, Rajasthan.
    - Geoff
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  • Day31

    Northwards to Ahmedabad

    February 14, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Another day, another early morning train ride - only two remaining now! Rolled out of the station at 6am and took about 6.5 hours to head northwards up to Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat. Very hot, dusty and intense here - more like the other cities we've been in and definitely step up from the slightly more relaxed atmosphere in Mumbai.

    We arrived, got a cab to our hotel, walked a couple of nearby blocks and had dinner but did very little else for the day.
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  • Day32

    Ahmedabad Old City

    February 15, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Today's WHS was the Old City in Ahmedabad. The most notable feature of it were the wooden house neighbourhoods, known as pols. We'd had recommendations to do a walking tour, so that's what we did - a local showed us and about 30 friends around for a couple of hours early in the morning, before the city got too busy.

    Quite a few interesting details and places we never would've gone to otherwise, so it was absolutely a worthwhile effort! The only downside was that since we started at 8am, the tour took two hours and our entire day was done just after 10am! We retreated to the hotel (quite a nice room though the front desk staff are hopeless) and chilled out for a while.

    For the afternoon we headed out to the Gandhi Ashram, a sort of school/commune thing established by Gandhi in 1917. He lived here for about 15 years, and was originally from not too far away though not Ahmedabad itself. Lots of information about Gandhi, his life, his work, and of course the ashram itself. Fairly pleasant spot with lots of trees, overlooking the river etc.

    Had a fast food style lunch nearby, then headed home and relaxed for the afternoon/evening.
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  • Day185

    We're in India

    March 1, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Hello everyone! We have just arrived from a squished 5hour plane ride from Thailand to India! First we had to take a plane from Krabi to Bangkok which took 1 hour. Next we took an hour long shuttle bus to another Bangkok airport that was at least 5 times as big as the first Bangkok airport. We had a very expensive dinner in the food court and went to a magic food court where we got amazing smoothies! Their was a huge lineup for checking in and most of them didn’t care whether or not you were in line or not and decided they wanted to be at the front of the line instead of the back. After about an hour of waiting in line we somehow managed to get to the front and check in. Even though we had 6 hours between the two flights, we were super rushed... Especially when we saw how big the passport control line was! By the time we were finished there, our gate was almost ready to board. We rushed around a lot but we got on the plane safe and sound. We took off at 2:30 in the morning and landed at 5 o’clock local time. Unfortunately, no one had any rupee (Indian currency) and we didn’t have a SIM card for the phone!Read more

  • Day189

    Yoga in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

    March 5, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We tried a kids class today at a yoga studio in our neighbourhood. They had some fun and interesting swings for the kids to practice their poses with. The teachers and the other students were lovely and very welcoming. After the class we had cake.Read more

  • Day21

    Kelia Vasna, India

    January 13, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Usually I'm a bit unlucky on Friday the thirteenth (2 different car accidents), but this Friday was the complete opposite, reminding me of how lucky and fortunate I really am for a variety of reasons.

    We visited this small village where Rupal's Grandmother grew up. We visited the house she grew up in, the field that Rupal's Dad spent time on in the summers, and also the local school, where Rupal's family recently donated money to, to build a computer room for the school children in honor of her Grandmother. The school visit was quite a touching experience where we were greeted with a band, showered in flowers, and other kind gestures of gratitude. It was also the day before Uttarayan so after our welcome we had a blast flying kites, dancing, and taking pictures with the kids.
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  • Day187

    The Vickram Sarabhai Space Exhibition

    March 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Today me my mom and my brother went to a space center. Once we got there and went inside there was this boy about 8 years old who came up and asked us if we wanted him to explain the parts of a rocket ship. Surprisingly he could speak very fluent English and he explained most of the rocket until an older man took over. The rest of the bottom floor wasn’t very interesting because it was mostly stuff about satellites so we went upstairs. Upstairs there was this little rocket ship that we played on for a little while and then we found a suit to take pictures in. But I was too small to get my head in the helmet so I had a head shaped like a hand. On our way home we went to an ice cream place and had a little something. ( if you’re wondering what a little something is it’s just ice cream nothing much.)

    Good bye

    - DALE 😃😍🥰😘
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  • Day20

    Ahmedabad, India

    January 12, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    After being forewarned by Rupal and her family how different India is compared to the US, I was still somewhat surprised by how different it really is from anywhere I've traveled. Besides the Gandhi Ashram which was impactful and well done, Gujarat's largest city is not on the typical India tour route so it was an authentic experience in a busy Indian city where I stood out quite a bit more than at typical tourist destinations. Some of the unique experiences that I really enjoyed were a moped ride to the city center, a rickshaw ride weaving through traffic, the kite festival called Uttrayan with every rooftop in the city filled with people flying and cutting kites, and getting to meet and spend time with family members, some of which I hadn't met before.

    Certainly a memorable week! I caught myself staring at the camels, monkeys, peacocks, and elephants on the busy streets and even caught plenty of locals staring at me - an interesting glimpse into quite a different world.

    Thank you to all the family and friends that I was able to meet during my visit. Everyone was very welcoming and I even picked up a few Gujarati words along the way! Special thanks to Sanjay Mama and Darshana Mami for hosting us and helping plan our tour through India!
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  • Day17

    Ahmedabad: Sabarmati Ashram

    April 16, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Nach kurzem, aber in Anbetracht der Umstände dennoch gutem Schlaf im Nachtbus kamen wir heute Morgen um halb 5 in Ahmedabad an. Für eine indische Stadt waren die Strassen zu dem Zeitpunkt im Tiefschlafmodus, d.h., es vergingen mindestens zehn Sekunden zwischen zwei Huptönen. Genauso verschlafen war das Hotelpersonal, das uns die Tür öffnen musste und uns mit jedem Handgriff zu verstehen gab, dass es von unserer Idee eines Early-Check-in nicht gerade angetan war.

    Nach einigen Stunden, in denen wir unsere Schlafbatterien nachladen konnten, machten wir uns auf, die Stadt Ahmedabad (in der lokalen Sprache schlicht Amdavad genannt) zu besichtigen. Allerdings: Sehenswertes gibt es in dieser Stadt eigentlich kaum. Die Stadt scheint eher dafür bekannt zu sein, grosse Persönlichkeiten anzuziehen: Mahatma Gandhi mauserte sich hier von 1917 bis 1930 zur Ikone der indischen Unabhängigkeitsbewegung; der derzeitige Premierminister Narendra Modi wuchs im Ballungsgebiet der Stadt auf. Die Hauptattraktion Ahmedabads ist deshalb auch das sogenannte Sabarmati Ashram, benannt nach dem Fluss Sabarmati, an dem das spirituelle Zentrum (Ashram) liegt.

    Nachdem Gandhi in London zum Juristen ausgebildet worden war und in Südafrika gegen die Apartheid gekämpft hatte, nahm er sich dem Kampf gegen Unterdrückung in seinem Heimatland an. Im Sabarmati Ashram scharte er seine Vertrauten um sich und koordinierte Aktionen des hartnäckigen, aber stets gewaltlosen zivilen Ungehorsams. So bewegte er beispielsweise die Bewohner eines nahen Küstendorfs namens Dandi dazu, ihre Salzfarmen wieder aufzunehmen. Die Briten hatten die indische Salzproduktion verboten, um ihr eigenes, stark besteuertes Salz in Indien verkaufen zu können. Gandhis Aktion führte schliesslich tatsächlich dazu, dass dieses Verbot aufgehoben wurde.

    Das Sabarmati Ashram, das architektonisch eigentlich nichts zu bieten hat, beherbergt heute ein Museum, das Geschichten wie die obige erzählt. Museumspädagogen bekämen ab dem Museum aber wohl einen Schreikrampf: Die Infotafeln in den Museen boten Schlüsselereignissen in Gandhis Leben gleich viel Platz wie Nebensächlichkeiten, sodass die eigene Aufmerksamkeit - unfähig, sich einen groben Überblick zu verschaffen - bald in der Informationsflut unterging.

    Interessanter war viel eher, was das Museum nicht zeigte. So verschwieg das Museum konsequent die Umstände von Gandhis Tod: Er wurde von einem hinduistischen Extremisten erschossen, der Mitglied in einer Organsation war, die eng mit der derzeitigen Regierungspartei verbandelt ist. Auch liess das Museum ungesagt, dass Gandhis konsequenter Gewaltverzicht ihn manchmal zu gefährlicher Naivität verleitete: Noch auf dem Höhepunkt des zweiten Weltkriegs vertrat er die Ansicht, dass man Hitler mit Worten zur Einsicht bringen könne.

    Wenig beeindruckt von Ahmedabad kehrten wir in die Idylle unseres Hotelzimmers zurück, aus dem uns erst das Abendessen wieder lockte. Wir genossen einige lokale Köstlichkeiten, die sich bereits etwas von der nordindischen Küche unterschieden. Morgen früh werden wir Nordindien dann definitiv verlassen, wenn um 6 Uhr der Zug nach Mumbai geht.
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