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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.
    Chloë
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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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  • Day33

    Rani-ki-Vaav

    February 16, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Long day trip today. Hired a driver from our hotel and headed north out of Ahmedabad, aiming for the town of Patan. Here were aiming for Rani-ki-Vaav, or the Queen's Stepwell. These are common sights in India, essentially just decorated wells that have large and ornate steps leading straight down into them. But it was a 2.5 hour drive out from Ahmedabad, so off we went.

    Not super impressed with the driver since his car only had one seatbelt in the back, and he kept on getting lost despite us telling him where to go. I think he sort of knew roughly where it was, but was just following the signs and when there were no signs he'd go straight. Then he'd ask someone where to find x, while we got more and more frustrated. So we finally arrived, but it took about an hour longer than we'd expected.

    Good news was that the stepwell was actually really great. It's not a huge site, by any means, probably about half a football field, but the carvings and decorations were really intricate and quite impressive. We spent about 45 minutes going down the stairs and back up, taking photos etc. But we exhausted the site's potential fairly quickly, and so piled back in the car and set off for home.

    Stopped for lunch on the driver's recommendation at a place that was a bit more expensive than we wanted, but oh well. Though our mood wasn't helped by the driver ordering himself a plate of noodles and adding it to our bill. We've had them add a cup of tea to a bill before which is fine, but a 150 rupee plate of noodles is a bit rich. Sure it's only $3, but when you've just paid him 3500 rupees for the day I don't think he's going hungry.

    Anyway we eventually made it back to Ahmedabad with no real issues. Picked up our laundry and discovered the hotel had given me someone else's socks instead of my own - not happy! And of course trying to sort it out with the guys at the desk is hopeless, just like being on the phone to a call centre where they can speak okay English, but don't really understand what the problem is. Frustrating.
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  • Day34

    Champaner Archaeological Site

    February 17, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Last world heritage site of the trip, almost seems hard to believe! And we've managed to see them all without any major disruptions (aside from the Red Fort, which people have said isn't that great inside anyway).

    Hired a driver again for the day trip; hoped that we'd get a different one but unfortunately the same guy turned up. And off we went heading southwards out of Ahmedabad along a fairly modern expressway. The drive out was about 2.5 hours.

    Champaner is a large archaeological site that was once a fortress and citadel housing the kings of Gujarat, and it largely dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Surprisingly, most of it is actually still unexcavated! But we drove around to a few different points and saw quite a few things, including a couple of mosques, city walls, gates and bastions, a customs house, tombs, and a royal pavilion. Interesting style of architecture, and you can see how they're about halfway between the Hindu style of India and the Mughal style that developed over the following century. Quite interesting, though honestly not a huge amount to see.

    The site also includes a Hindu temple atop a nearby hill, but it's an active worship site and super popular, so we decided to skip after seeing the crowds heading that direction. You also have to get a cable car up to the top, and we'd looked into the safety record of that too. Nah.

    So a quick stop for lunch in the early afternoon, and then it was another 3 hour drive back to Ahmedabad, arriving in the early evening. At least the driver didn't get lost on the way back! Though he did let out a ridiculously stinky fart at one point; Shandos and I were both gagging. And of course we all acted like nothing happened.
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  • Day2

    I'm Bored

    October 13, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    I’m bored

    It’s 19:44 on Sunday evening UK time, 2.44 am Malaysian time, so just over halfway through the flight. On my left Bun is watching “The Greatest Showman”. On my right a rather large passenger has his blanket pulled over his head in a poor attempt to be a ghost. At least it muffles his snoring, especially if I push the blanket into his open mouth.

    Two people sent me an amusing card depicting my seat on the plane - a photo is attached. Amusing at the time, reality is far worse, not one small crying child but a party from a kindergarten surround me. Then there’s the snoring, the incessant talking etc. The worst person is Mr Sneezy behind and to my left - YES YOU (- I’m sure he can read this through the gap in the seats.). He started by discovering he had a squeaky seat so spent a good time jumping up and down on it like a small child with ADHD. Then I think he waitedy for when I stopped watching a film and fell asleep, he then developed flu. A 6 gun salute of un-stifled sneezes followed with a light shower of mist landing on my head. Shuddering at that experience, he then followed up with many Walt Disney Jungle book like Colonel Hathi trumpets as he blew his nose. This woke the kindergarten who then started crying, but failed to wake the several people snoring. Within 30 minutes I could feel my sinuses blocking and my nose running. Feeling a sneeze coming on, I jumped over the ghoul next to me and locked myself in the toilet so as not to disturb anyone. Had the toilet been engaged I would have only been left with the option of going to the rear of the plane and throwing myself out rather than disturbing anyone ... well that’s just good manners along with compulsory catheterisation for anyone who isn’t sat in an aisle seat.

    We loaded in time for an 11 am departure, only to be told that air traffic control had told the pilot there would be a delay of an hour. Never mind, the hostesses broke out the emergency 3 gram packs containing 8 half peanuts. I can only think that this was to keep the hostesses entertained while 4 passengers went into anaphylactic shock and required Adrenalin. 45 minutes later we were informed that the plane had now developed a technical fault and an engineer was on the way to sort it. We weren’t told that it was resolved, maybe the pilot grew tired of waiting for the AA, but we were pushed back shortly after 12:15. One problem with Heathrow being so close to the M25 is that pilots can take the wrong turning and accidentally join the M25 near the junction with the M4 and gett caught in the motorway traffic. We then experienced the longest taxi ever, at least twice around the M25. At one point I thought we might be departing from Gatwick.

    Well we are on our way. One meal and a pack of sandwiches into the flight I must admit I’m a bit peckish. I won’t ask for a decaf coffee again as it took 45 minutes to arrive, by which time I was asleep, so I was woken and made to drink it because of the effort the hostess had gone to get it for me.
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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.

  • 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.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

State of Gujarāt, State of Gujarat, Gujarat, Gucharat, غوجارات, جوجرات, Гуджарат, गुजरात, গুজরাত, གྷུ་ཇ་རཱཏ།, Gudžarát, ގުޖުރާތު, Γκουτζαράτ, Guĝaratio, گجرات, An Ghúisearáit, ગુજરાત, גוגראט, Gudžarat, Gudźarat, Gudzsarát, グジャラート州, გუჯარათი, ಗುಜರಾತ್, 구자라트 주, Guzarata, Gudžaratas, Gudžarāta, Гуџарат, ഗുജറാത്ത്‌, ଗୁଜରାଟ, ਗੁਜਰਾਤ, Gujarate, गुजरातराज्यम्, ගුජරාටය, குசராத்து, గుజరాత్, Гуҷарот, รัฐคุชราต, Güjerat, Gucerat, گۇجارات, גודזשאראט, 古吉拉特邦

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