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  • Day13

    Flower Market

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Next on the day’s agenda was the flower market. Smells not like Delhi.

    Marigolds are abundant and so are bees. No one seems concerned about the bees because as someone said, they are friendly. Marigolds are sold by the pound and are used in welcome garlands, decorations for temples, homes, toto’s, funerals and idols.

    The flower market was a wholesale market, so you couldn’t buy just one flower or even a small bouquet. It was a basket full or nothing.
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  • Day13

    Chhath Puja Festival

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    As we left Guptipara, the beginnings of a festival were taking place. It is a festival that celebrates from sunset to sunrise. Our tour director Deep, mentioned that the festival would run all night; thousands of people would attend and there would be no sleeping tonight. Dianne and I both agreed we were glad to leave as it could be noisy.

    We arrived in Kolkata last night after motoring late into the night. We anchored in the middle of the middle of the river and thought we would all settle down to a good sleep. Another fate awaited us. Around 2:30 in the morning we were all awakened by music over loudspeakers, lots of fireworks and bangs as another festival took place. It was on the banks of the river but the noise was still loud and relentless.

    This celebration was held all along the River. There would have been no quiet spot to park. There were a lot of grumpy people at breakfast.
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  • Day14

    Off to Nepal

    November 4, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Travel day, Calcutta Airport to Kathmandu Nepal. Air India flight 247 non stop direct. Some of our fellow travellers from the boat are on the same flight. It’s about an hour and and a half long and Air India served a hot meal.
    When we arrived in Nepal we arrived at the same time as some other international flights, and the customs area was crowded. Liz and Alan, Dianne and I all have e-visas that we got online. We need to pay the 30 USD each for our visas on arrival. There is a line up to pay, and a line up to validate your visa. There is another lineup for you if you don’t have a e-visa, which we thankfully avoid. Still it takes well over an hour to complete the process. After that’s all done, they scan you for metal before you pick up your luggage. I’m pretty stressed by the time we get our suitcases. A couple of times I thought I was going to have to tune some people up about manners and big crowd behaviour. It all worked out without the extra drama, and we were greeted by our guide Abit.
    It’s dark now as we exit the airport and ride to our hotel. Immediately it strikes us that Nepal is cleaner than the last place we were. The roads are rough, and the air is dusty, but it is cooler and our hotel is an oasis from that.
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  • Day12

    India fast food

    November 2, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Here are a couple of examples of India fast food...street food.

    The first is a puff type pastry, a hole is poked in it and stuffed with a potato mixture.
    The next is a complete hot meal. Under the plate noodles are cooking as there are hot coals underneath the noodle pot. The surrounding dishes are the toppings. It is served in newspaper!Read more

    Janice Theriault


  • Day13

    Mother Teresa

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We took a bus through the streets of Kolkata to Mother Teresa’s house and where she tended to the sick and needy of Kolkata. Her tomb is here, and a museum. It was clean, tidy, austere in decorations, and very peaceful. Continuing onward down the street was the orphanage she founded. Again clean and tidy, not dismal and depressing. One of our guides, who is a local, says that by local standards Mother Teresa’s work is well funded. The Indian government does not have to contribute because of all the international donations.

    Motherhouse is the headquarters is the missionaries of charity and home of Mother Teresa and her Sisters since February 1953. This is where she lived, worked and prayed and finally laid to rest.
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  • Day13

    Girls shopping & final evening on Ganges

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We were finally let loose in a mall. Avalon seems to keep us pretty close and due to a holiday many shops were closed (disappointing) but we had fun!

    On return to the boat the sun was setting and these are a few of those picturesRead more

  • Day8

    Cruising the Ganges

    October 29, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Welcome ceremony, safety briefing and we are on our way as we eat lunch. The rest of the day we cruise upstream and take in all the sights that both banks have to offer. We are a spectacle. People take out cellphones as we go by and take pictures and videos of our passing. I didn’t expect that.Read more

  • Day12

    Pottery barn

    November 2, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    This industry thrives because the cups and bowls are bio degradable and usually considered one time use. The man at the pottery wheel is adept at making bowls, turning out one every 10 seconds or so.

    The best part of this experience was the kids showing up. They wanted to see us because we look way different than the locals. English seemed widely spoken even at young ages. The excitement was infectious and the crowd grew the longer we lingered.
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  • Day200


    February 16, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Kolkata the former capital of British India with its suburb population of 14 million (3rd most populous area in India) surprised us very positively. It's not without reason nicknamed the "City of Joy" and regarded as the "cultural capital". As far as our illness and diarrhea (Judit even had to go to a hospital) let us go, we enjoyed its wide streets and an efficient public tansport including beautiful classic taxis and ferries on the Hooghly River.
    But again poor and rich lies next to each other. We learned about Mother Theresas life in the awe-inspiring Mother house. Here many nuns and volunteers still do small things with great love to help thousands of suffering people every day.

    To all the groundhoppers:
    On our last day together in India we finally made it to watch a live football match (sadly it wasn't cricket season). In India's largest stadium by seating capacity (Salt Lake Stadium, currently 85.000, before 2011 - 150.000 seats!) we saw ATK Atlético de Kalkota loosing 3:1 against Chennaiyin FC. The stadium wasn't full but the locals created an unique atmosphere. Again we could see how different the behaviour of Indians sometimes can be :)
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    Barbara Siegel

    tiene oldies como en Cuba 🤗


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