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Oct 20, 2013 - 14 October - Goudaguda

A long drive day today, starting at 6.30am. We are heading for the Odisha (or Orissa) tribal lands, home to over 60 different tribes each with their own culture. Today is a festival in this part of India, Durga Puja, which celebrates goddess Durga's victory over evil buffalo headed demon Mahishasura. Schools and shops are closed and all the trucks we have seen on the road are decorated with banana leaves and marigolds - poor old Sotiri looks a bit naked against them. As there were no cafes open we drove onto some open land and set up the...

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Oct 20, 2013 - 16 October - Muniguda

Today we left our very comfortable Chandoori Sai Guest House at 5.30am for our next stop, the New Hope Community Guest house at Muniguda. On the way we stopped at the Chakitona market, a local market where we could see the local Dongria Kondh tribe going about their business. The ladies had many earrings in their ears and some were carrying chickens in their saris against their breast. Some also had embroidered shawls which they would give to someone of the opposite sex who took their fancy - if accepted, they would marry. The men also...

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Oct 13, 2013 - 12 Ocober - Vijayawada

Today we had an 11 hour drive to the town of Vijayawada for an overnight stop. We arrived late and headed straight to the restaurant for dinner and a beer, after checking the TV for news of the cyclone. It is supposed to be as big as Hurricane Katrina and is expected to hit the coast at the town of Vizakhapatnam (where we are staying tomorrow night) at around 8pm today. There have been mass evacuations all along the coast. We will find out tomorrow what the damage is and whether we can continue with our journey.

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Oct 13, 2013 - 13 October - Vizakhapatnam

Well, here we are in Vizakhapatnam which has luckily survived the cyclone though still has huge seas. The cyclone crossed the coast further north than expected, at the town of Gobalpur where we will be next Friday. A little bit of excitement on the journey when we blew a tyre. A large group of Indians gathered while Mic and Juan changed the tyre on the side of the road, just watching us. It took around 45 minutes to change the tyre then we were on our way again. Our hotel is right on the beach front and we are on the 6th floor (with no...

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