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  • Day83

    Lessons of gratitude

    August 10 in India

    Today we leave India and fly to Sri Lanka, after about 7 weeks in total visiting a small part of such a huge and diverse country. This trip we have been trying to speak with Lila about gratitude and being thankful for the experiences we have as well as the ability to do so. India is such an interesting and beautiful country, but at the same time can be extremely intense and raw, both for the places and people you meet. It's a place where you are face to face with the realities of living in a society that can be unjust and unequal purely dependent on what family and where you were born. Being a female is a huge disadvantage, someone told us that people cry when they have a baby girl, knowing what a hard life this child will have.
    However we are told that things are changing and we are always amazed at the capacity of people here to do so much with not a lot. People have amazing determination, persistence and capacity...anything and everything is possible in India!
    We leave India and Lila is sick with a stomach thing. We are lucky we live in a place with safe drinking water and generally safe food. As well as pretty good access to health care.
    Thank you India, we are very thankful for the experiences we have had here :).
    Special thanks to Dov n Agar villages, Armitesh, Smita, Carla, Sashwat, the chai walas, Ganges river, doctors n pharmacists, the shoe cobbler in Delhi, Jaipur.
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  • Day81

    Last stop - Chennai

    August 8 in India

    An overnight bus brought us to Chennai, which would be our last stop in India. We happened to arrive the day after a very famous Tamil Nadu politician died, so we had the strange pleasure of seeing this usually buzzing city with very little traffic and activity in the streets (which I assume is quite rare in Indian cities), as all shops, restaurants, services were closed for the day. We visited the beach at Chennai, took the very new and clean metro, did some shopping the next day and Lila tried on the very over the top party dresses.Read more

  • Day125

    Oh wai, Chennai

    November 21, 2017 in India

    Chennai, die Hauptstadt des Südens. Zwar bin ich vor meinem Flug auf die Andaman Islands nur einen Tag hier, aber ich dachte mir, so ein Hotel in Strandnähe kann ja nicht verkehrt sein.... Pustekuchen!

    Mein Hotel ist low budget und sieht leider auch genauso aus und der Strand ist wohl eher eine Fischfabrik.

    Voller Fischerboote- könnte ja ganz schön sein - leider aber auch voller Müll und Unrat.
    Von einem Spaziergang auf dem "Strandboulevard" ist ebenfalls abzuraten.
    Rechts der Stadtslum, links der Fischmarkt.
    Dieser besteht aus kleinen Bündchen oder auch nur ausgelegten Decken, auf denen jeglicher Fisch feil geboten wird. Der "Duft" der hier in der Luft liegt, lässt aber wohl auch den größten Fischliebhaber würgen.

    Der Tuktukfahrer, der mich in einen besseren Teil der Stadt bringen sollte, lässt mich sein Tuktuk fahren und macht dabei gefühlte 100 Selfies. Mit dem besseren Stadtteil hat es aber noch nicht ganz geklappt. Also mach ich mich zu Fuß auf zur katholischen St. Thome Cathedral. Bei meinem heutigen Glück geht hier aber gerade eine Beerdigung zuende und der Tote wird heraus getragen - im OFFENEN Sarg!

    Weiter zum Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Endlich mal ein Highlight! So einen bunten Temple hab ich in Indien bisher noch nicht gesehen 😊

    Mein nächster Tuktuk Fahrer fährt mit mir erstmal zur Tanke, bevor er mich an der großen Shoppingmall raus lässt. Bissl Burger King, bissl H&M und ab ins Kino.
    Zwar ist der Film auf Hindi, aber das ist trotzdem unterhaltsam. Vor allem, weil vor Filmbeginn die Nationalhymne gespielt wird und die Kinogäste dafür aufstehen sollen.

    Und zum goldenen Abschluss des Tages, auf der Suche nach etwas essbaren, sitze ich im Restaurant und studiere die Karte, da bleibt die Kellnerin/Inhaberin neben mir stehen, beobachtet mich und rülpst mich an 😅 ...da musste meine Restaurantsuche wohl oder übel weiter gehen.

    Jetzt freue mich nur noch auf bessere Zeiten im Paradies 😍
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  • Day1

    Chennai--our first day

    November 21, 2017 in India

    We arrived in Chennai at 0100 AM on Tuesday, 11/21 after 16 1/2 hours of flying time plus a 4 hour layover in Frankfurt. The first thing that hit me as we left the airport was the heat and humidity, high even at 1AM. We planned today as a rest day so we had no schedule to meet and could nap and walk around, getting used to the time change (we are 10 1/2 hours ahead of the east coast).

    Chennai is the Detroit of India, its primary business being manufacturing, especially automobiles. The streets in the area of town near our hotel are filled with small shops and street stalls—ironing services, fabric printing, mechanics, packaged spice carts, stalls selling fruit juices and others selling chapati and other hand snacks. Although there are many people walking, the raids are not pedestrian friendly. The sidewalks are narrow so you must walk mindfully around potholes and piles of debris, often stepping into traffic to squeeze by some large sidewalk obstruction. The traffic on our hotel street is very heavy, a mix of cars, small trucks, tuk-tuks (like a golf cart for hire), motorcycles, and scooters. Everyone uses the horn, a lot. No pedestrian crossings, just venture out when there is a slow down in the flow of traffic and wend your way across the 6 lanes.

    The last time we were in India was 2010 and it was north India: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur. The first thing we noticed here was far less unsolicited touting, that is men who want to “help” you do something (for a fee) —take you on a tour, carry your luggage, drive you someplace—than we remember from Delhi. Still a few persistent tuck-tuck drivers but much more enjoyable to walk around without having to say “no”all the time.

    Surprisingly, there is a Starbucks around the corner from our hotel. Yes, it’s the real deal. We also found a small grocery store and had fun checking out the variety of fruits and vegetables, spices, seeds, nuts, and sauces. Stocked up on several gallons of water. Now, a little relaxation at the pool at our hotel before dinner.
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  • Day3

    Historic Sights in Chennai

    November 23, 2017 in India

    We met our group of 9 others this morning and began our Gate 1 Spiritual South India tour with a traditional South Indian lunch at Malgudi restaurant. That’s me posing in front of the restauant.

    For lunch, we each received a large platter lined with banana leaf that was used to serve small bowls of curries, rice, chicken in cream sauce, fried fish, dal (lentils), yogurt, and rice pudding, all eaten with parotta, a type of fry bread local to the Tamil Nadu area. Tiny portions but very filling all together.

    Finished off with a dessert of fermented rice flour pancake dipped in a sweetened cardamom sauce. Dark South Indian coffee was served, again traditional style. That’s Ben demonstrating the pouring technique that mixes the cream and sugar into the very hot coffee.

    Two historical sights today: the Government Museum which is a sprawling compound of archeological, historical, and architectural treasures. We saw carved Hindu statues dating from 600 A.D., and the largest collection of bronze statues in the world dating back hundreds of years and magnificently detailed. Then to the Museum at Fort St. George which houses collections of memorabilia from the fascinating British history in India. Unfortunately they do not allow pictures at either Museum. There’s a picture of us at St. Mary’s church, the oldest English church in India, dating from the 1700s and still in use today.

    Then a drive along the extensive shoreline along the Bay of Bengal with a beach area estimated to be 20 miles long. The part closest to the city has many parks and food trucks and you can imagine in a city of 9 million, lots of people walking on the beach (water is not safe for swimming).

    Further down are the fishing villages. We could see the boats, not too much larger than dinghies, rowing right up on the sand and hauling their catch directly to a family member manning a makeshift stall along the road, selling the fish literally fresh off the boat (we saw very little use of ice). Our guide said that Indians prefer their food to be bought and cooked as fresh as can be, so everything must be sold that day. It’s one reason WalMart has not taken off in this big market—the people here generally do not use prepared or packaged food. This area was hard hit by the tsunami in 2004, destroying miles of small homes near the water and killing hundreds. Even 13 years later so many still living in make-shift shanties of scrap metal or wood with a roof of plastic sheeting. The government is slowly rebuilding apartments, but still so much need.

    We are going through water like crazy. It’s hot and humid and the tap water is not safe for us to drink. We are being handed water bottles everywhere we go. You know what a conservationist I am so it’s killing me to add all these empty plastics to the trash problem of over a billion people. It’s either that or risk a case of ‘Delhi belly’ (the Indian version of Montezumas Revenge). We have been so fortunate on our trips to be spared from any GI issues.
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  • Day17

    Es ist Mittwoch der 28.03.
    Am Vormittag erkunden wir, wie auch schon die letzten Tage unsere Umgebung zu Fuß. Allerdings haben wir diesmal unser Hotel in einem beliebten Viertel Chennai's ausgesucht, sodass selbst das schlendern auf den Nebenstraßen dank des hohen Verkehrsaufkommens schnell zum Spießrutenlauf ausartet. Nach 1.5h entscheiden wir uns schließlich doch wieder zurück zum Hotel zu gehen. Langsam hab ich von dem Verkehr hier echt die Nase voll.
    Am Nachmittag wollen wir noch einen letzten Ausflug zum Government Museum machen bevor es in der Nacht zurück nach Deutschland geht.
    Wir beschließen mit der Rikscha zu fahren. Nachdem 2 Fahrer nicht verstehen wo wir hin wollen oder eher nicht wissen wo sich das Government Museum befindet. Haben wir bei dem 3. Fahrer mehr Glück. Er will uns für nur 50 Rupien pro Person zum Museum und zurück zum Hotel bringen. Komisch 50 Rupien ist schon ganz schön wenig. Nicht mal 1 Euro.
    Aber gut wir lassen uns erst einmal zum Museum bringen.

    "Das Government Museum in der südindischenMillionenstadt Chennai gehört – neben dem Nationalmuseum Neu-Delhi und dem Indian Museum in Kolkata (ehemals Kalkutta) – zu den führenden Museen des Landes.

    Das Museum wurde unter britischer Herrschaft im Jahr 1851 gegründet; an der heutigen Stelle befindet es sich seit dem Jahr 1854. Von 1855 bis 1863 war auf dem Gelände auch ein Zoo untergebracht, der jedoch verlegt wurde. In den Jahren 1864 bis 1890 kamen mehrere Gebäude hinzu, so dass man von einem Museumskomplex sprechen kann.

    Das Museum ist gegliedert in die Abteilungen Archäologie, Numismatik, Kunst, Anthropologie, Zoologie, Botanik und Geologie; daneben gibt es spezielle Abteilung für Kinder (Children’s Museum), zwei Bibliotheken und ein Theatergebäude.

    Höhepunkte der Sammlungen sind die Funde aus den Ausgrabungen im Bereich des buddhistischen Stupasvon Amaravati und die südindischen Bronzen aus der Zeit der tamilischen Chola-Dynastie (10.–12. Jahrhundert), von denen jedoch die schönsten über diverse Museen der Welt verteilt sind. Außerdem gibt es eine Galerie mit römischen Funden, darunter auch in Indien gefundene Münzen."

    Nach 1.5 Stunden schließt das Museum leider schon und wir wollen noch einmal zu der großen Mall fahren.
    Unser Rikscha Fahrer hat tatsächlich auf uns gewartet und verlangt von uns auf einmal 400 Rupien (wie war das noch mit 50 Rupien?)
    Wir geben ihm die vereinbarten 100 Rupien und suchen uns eine neue Rikscha.

    Den Abend lassen wir gemütlich im Chilis ausklingen. Bevor es in einigen Stunden zurück nach Deutschland geht.

    Über Dienstag, den 27.03 gibt es nicht viel zu berichten.
    Da ich mal wieder bei der Wärme mit meinem Kreislauf zu kämpfen habe und leicht angeschlagen bin lassen wir es an diesem Tag ruhiger angehen.

    Der letzte Blogeintrag folgt dann in den nächsten Tagen.

    Bis bald.
    Eure Anni und Conny
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  • Day30


    February 13, 2016 in India

    עיר ענקית עם אוכלוסייה בגודל של ישראל, וחוץ מהמוזיאון אין פה הרבה

  • Day287


    October 15, 2017 in India

    Chennai, maybe the noisiest, busiest and dirtiest city I've been before. My arrival was unspectacular, everything went well. Like in all over asia the tuktuk driver awaited me. I'm the rich white guy. :-)
    Very disappointed they realized that I'm on a budget and not willed to pay between 250 and 500 rupees for the ride to my hostel. I waited half an hour for my bus und eventually I paid nothing because it was to crowded.
    The road to my hostel is dirty, stuffed with cars, honking all the time mostly without any reason. The Indian are very friendly. If I smile to them, they smile back. Something I miss in Germany. I found my hostel, a good recognizable red door and a Hugh lollipop made clear: this is the red lollipop hostel! My first impression: very clean, well structured and super friendly. The staff is helpful and always good for an advice. He showed me good places for dinner and I asked him if he speaks Tamil! So maybe he could teach my some basics, just in case... His answer was surprising. There no reason to learn Tamil because everyone speaks English very well and if I talk Tamil none will understand me...
    OK, I'll try it somewhere else.

    I went to the common room play guitar and meet some people. Guitar playing usually connects people... Not if just frenchies are in the hostel. Tried to get in touch with them, started a kind of a conversation but they weren't interested... Maybe a bit stereotype but this is common for frenchies.

    I slept well, but woke up way to early. 3:30am fell asleep again and was awake at 7am.
    After a poorly breakfast (two slices of sweet bread and my first cup of Indian milk tea) in a food stall, I went to the bus station and took the bus to Pondicherry, a city Lena recommended me.
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  • Day154


    March 27, 2017 in India

    Rapide passage à Chennai entre Kanchipuram et Mahabalipuram.
    Chennai, ville "normale" ? Ni hyper touristique ni géante... Pas non plus une silicon valley ni en chute libre... Et avec des bons spots de petit déj aux stands de rue : ce matin là j'ai pris mon petit déj en 4 étapes délicieuses :))

  • Day1

    Egmore in Chennai is a lively area known for its Railway Station. It witnesses a huge flow of crowd on daily basis. Apart from these, there is a Government Museum, which is a house to various ancient artefacts. Egmore consists of residential areas as well as a commercial hub. This place is easily accessible from all the places of interests. Most of the visitors folk to Egmore and look for a convenient place to stay. There are a number of good hotels near Egmore, Chennai and you can book them at for a hassle-free experience. The online hotel-booking platform holds a wide range of various types of accommodations starting from economy to luxury stays. The user-friendly procedure of booking hotel rooms helps to save time. This also helps you to read guest reviews, get discounts and browse other requirements. It is advisable to select your ideal hotel room in advance, just to keep yourself away from unwanted complications.

    All the hotels are spread across various parts of Egmore, depending on their service offerings, prices and accessibility from other places. The demand of hotels near Egmore, Chennai is never less, due to its range of attractions lined up across the city. Business as well as leisure travellers visiting this city shall never be deprived of a proper and clean accommodation. Here is a compilation of hotels in Egmore, Chennai, which are close to railway station, bus stop or near to market areas. It will probably help a traveller having plans to visit the place and decide a well-suited stay here.

    1. Hotel Chandra Park: This hotel is located just opposite to Egmore railway station. They offer budget rooms with clean bed and bath facility. There is an in-house restaurant in the hotel, where you can relish your taste buds. This hotel is an ideal stay for business and leisure travellers.

    2. Hotel Rivera: The hotel is strategically situated in the heart of Chennai, on the Poonamalle High Road. Hotel Rivera is close to Mount Road, the commercial and shopping center of the city, as well as just 2 kms from central, 1 km from Egmore Railway Station and 18 kms away from the Chennai Airport. All the guests can experience luxury and have a pleasurable stay here!

    3. Hotel Chennai Gate: This hotel property is ideally located in front of the Egmore - Railway Station, which is 2 KM away from Central Railway Station and 16 KM from International / Domestic airports. The hotel provides comfort in fully furnished rooms.

    4. Hotel Pandian: The hotel offers genuine hospitality, nice quality of food and other basic amenities. The railway station, bus stand and the airport all are in proximity from the hotel. Guests can easily access all of these in a hassle-free way.
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