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Feb 20, 2010 - Just living and hangin' out

Time continues to pass very quickly here in India. There is so much to see and do. It seems that we can not open our eyes nor ears without seeing and hearing someting interesting..what a place. School work is going well if one judges progress but it is a fight, especially between Ben and Dad, which is all my fault because I don't know how to teach...well not like Ben's REAL teachers anyway. From what I can determine, Bens REAL teachers do not make him read instructions, nor show work, he never is asked explain answers, nor correct...

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Feb 16, 2010 - More Delhi Days

Another delightful week in Delhi. We are enjoying living in Delhi and not just running to the sites. We watch more TV here than usual as it is a treat. The boys like watching Americas Funniest Videos, a show which we do not let them watch at home because it is laughing at others pain and misfortune, but we make do here. We parents watch reruns of Rules of Engagement and oddly we all watch Friends episodes together, often twice a day. This may seem rather mundane but we are watching Friends reruns in Delhi which makes it cool. SCHOOL...

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Feb 13, 2010 - Sights & Funny Stories

ACROBATS OF LODI GARDEN There is lots of evidence in Delhi of a city working towards being well planned: wide streets being improved (even if it's hard to keep the shops from encroaching); lots of planned park and green space (that they do seem to be able to keep out the shanty homes); and efforts at restoring and saving history. Lodi Garden's is a good example of this in that it is a beautiful, well maintained park which highlights some old tombs. That being said, it was also the first place we were approached by a band of street...

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Feb 8, 2010 - First days in Delhi

We are very happy. We booked a service apartment for three weeks and have already asked for an extension. This is a very nice city, the location we are in is delightful, and once again the story of India is the people we are meeting. COCHIN TO DELHI TRAIN RIDE: Regretably we could not stay in Kelera for more time. We chose to take the train to Delhi because it was recommended to us. Flights here are reasonably inexpensive but the train ride should (note the word choice) have been 47 hours of relaxation, naps, reading, game playing, first...

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Jan 18, 2010 - New Delhi

Took an overnight, sleeper bus to New Delhi (pop of 14 million). We only had a day here, so hired a taxi to take us shopping for all of the goodies (mostly textiles) we'd seen during our travels in India. While we scored a few items, time pressure kept us from blowing our budget too badly. A series of flights took us from Delhi, to Singapore, to Australia, to New Zealand. 30ish hours later, we were back in Wellington.

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Dec 8, 2009 - Delhi wedding

First of all, don't miss all the new pictures that I've uploaded on the journal site for past entries! As for the wedding pictures....well my camera decided to break down. So...I'll have to wait for the official pics but as you can see I've uploaded some pictures from functions and events around the main celebrations and then keep an eye out if you're curious.... But most importantly, a week of wedding celebrations is now coming to an end. Tomorrow we will all leave for Chennai and then Salem, the small town and village where Lavy’s family...

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Sep 20, 2009 - The "Shit on the Shoe" scam

I've been on the end of a number of scams/attempted scams (the gem scam, bus ticket scams, temple scam), but the attached (photo) takes the biscuit. The (brown) "icing on the cake" so to speak. This scam is written up by Lonely Planet. Basically a guy comes up to you asking if you want a shoe shine. You say no as you know that your shoes are clean - then you look down and find a newly placed blob of excrement on your shoe. Which the guy offers to clean off at an exhorbitant cost. I was in Connaught Place in Delhi - where this is apparently...

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Sep 20, 2009 - New Delhi

Incredible India, as the TV advert goes. I’d forgotten how hot, noisy, smelly and intense India really is. As I walked through the Red Fort I chatted with a couple of Australian ladies who told me how brave I was to be traveling alone. I told them this wasn’t my first time in India – I’ve previously been through that initial shock you get when you first arrive here. This is my third time in India. I feel more in control this time. As a lone tourist I’m open to the many touts and scam artists who populate the big cities. It’s like a game –...

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Sep 19, 2009 - Bangkok > Calcutta > New Delhi

Got my India visa, so now its off to New Delhi via Calcutta. I flew with Kingfisher. The security process at Bangkok was pretty amusing - separate bag and body search pre boarding - just for India fights - but after that the Kingfisher experience was excellent. Lots of leg room (more than Air Asia and apparently the other low cost Indian airlines), great cabin service crew, free meal and drinks, quick luggage delivery.

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Aug 14, 2009 - Great News!

We still haven’t quote adjusted to the time change here. I had been doing pretty well, but last night I was up every hour, and felt like I never really fell asleep. I eventually gave up and got up at around 7, which gives me some time to write an entry before we take a tour of the city today. Yesterday was a very successful day for us! We took a tour of New Delhi (the sights of Old Delhi are all closed right because they are worried about a security risk before India’s Independence Day on Saturday). We saw a beautiful Hindu temple...

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Aug 12, 2009 - We arrived!

After two very long flights we finally arrived at our hotel in Delhi at about 2:30am this morning. It's really clean and seems quite safe. We're going to spend the next three days getting our bearings and getting ready for our trip up to the Himalayas (to Leh in Ladakh) on Saturday. Hopefully we'll have some more interesting things to report soon!

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Aug 12, 2009 - Day 1 in Delhi

Today was our first full day in India! Jet lag hit us a bit, or me at least, as I only woke up at 1 in the afternoon, at which point we decided we should go give Delhi a shot. First on our to do list was to get special permission for Leh, in Jammu & Kashmir, where we're going on Saturday. It turned out though, to our happy surprise,that we didn't need it at all. Number two on our list was to get Katie a sim card, probably the smoothest experience of the day, with the requisite chat with the store manager about Canada and his relatives...

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