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Feb 25, 2008 - Bye Bangalore, hello Mysore!

Hotel in Bangalore was bliss, but really blew the budget so riddled with guilt and won't be doing that again. I spend most of the day on Saturday by the pool as planned and met a really nice guy, Alex, who is in Bangalore working for a week.....nice work if you can get it! We arranged to meet for cocktails and something to eat in the evening - it was nice to be in smart place and get dressed up for a change...went all out and put on the dangly earrings! The hotel bar is obviously the place to be seen if you're a smart young thing in...

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Feb 1, 2008 - Mysore - Days 1 - 4

The train arrived at 7am and we checked a few hotels before choosing one and checking in. We spent the day looking around town and checking out the market and a few shops. The town itself really doesn’t have much to offer so we decided to spend our time here updating the website. During our four day stay we took a day trip to the town of Sravanabelgola to see the 18 meter monolithic statue of Gomateshvara. While there, Matt and I were interviewed by a film crew wanting to know our thoughts and feelings of the statue. Since there was no...

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Jan 30, 2008 - Mysore - Getting there

Today we traveled South to the city of Mysore. The scary bus ride from Hampi to the train station took over four hours and we only covered a pitiful 150 miles. No one can accuse the bus driver of not doing his damnedest to get us there in record time (I kept closing my eyes as traffic barreled towards us head-on) but the poor road conditions and traffic made for a slow pace. Buses and large trucks routinely pass within a foot or so of one another. Everyone (everyone!) drives as if they are competing for a million-dollar prize awarded to the...

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Dec 27, 2007 - Bangalore-Mysore

Heute wird uns das Fruehstueck auf's Zimmer serviert. Toent ja gut, der Chai ist aber absolut gruusig. Dann schauen wir uns noch ein bisschen die Stadt an. Bangalore ist die IT-Stadt Indiens und man sieht hier gut, dass sie um einiges fortschrittlicher ist. Nach dem Mittag machen wir uns per Tuktuk auf zum Bahnhof, da wir in Bangalore nicht wirklich bleiben wollen. Die Zugfahrt nach Mysore ist billig (53 Ruppies, also ca. 1.50 fuer 2 Stunden)und absolut amuesant. Wir sitzen in einem "normalen" Wagen. 1. Klasse oder so gibts nicht oder wir...

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NAMASTE INDIA

Aug 1, 2007 - Mysore + Somanathpur (66km) km 3176

A 5h du matin, je suis deja reveille. Le froid des montagnes m'empeche de dormir et les passagers devant moi ont releve les volets des fenetres pour admirer le paysage. Nous allons bientot entrer dans une reserve naturelle perchee entre le Kerala, le Tamil Nadu et le Karnataka. Il parait qu'il y a 2000 elephants sauvages, 80 tigres, autant de pantheres, et de nombreux cervides dans la region. Ceux qui sont deja reveilles scrutent le paysage a la recherche de traces de vie. Nous entrons a peine dans la reserve naturelle que nous croisons...

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Jun 10, 2007 - Mysore

I went to Mysore Saturday with one of my agents, Deepak. Everyone else was either busy or had to work, so it was just Deepak and I who went. I had a really fun time. Mysore is a very famous town that is a couple hundred km south west from Bangalore. The farther we got away from Bangalore the greener it was too. Mysore is the place where the Indian kings ruled. It was absolutely amazing. The palace was HUGE. It was also nice to see white tourists there. There are pictures posted of me outside of the palace. Cameras are not allowed in the...

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Apr 25, 2007 - Time for a loooong update...

So now that they fixed the Internet in all of our rooms, I am able to take the time to let you all know about my first full day in India. I took a very very cold shower when we got into Mysore this morning (around 5:00 am Indian time) because the water never seemed to heat up. At breakfast, I then read in our guidebook for the Center that you have to let the water run for at least 5 minutes. So I guess that was my first real lesson in India :) We spent the morning converting currency (39 rupee = 1 US dollar), getting a tour and orientation...

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Apr 24, 2007 - Greetings from Mysore!

I'M IN INDIA!!! Sorry that it has taken me so long to post something, but I haven't had Internet since Washington, DC on Monday. We arrived in India around midnight Indian time (about 2:30 Eastern time) then drove 3 hours to the Center in Mysore. I'm on the Center's computer and others are waiting to get on - the Internet in our rooms isn't working yet - so I will write more later. Just wanted to let you all know that I am here!! Lots of love :)

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Mar 12, 2007 - Mysore's Devaraja Market

The Devaraja market in Mysore is considered to be one of the most colourful markets in all of India. I hope that the photos that I took help to convince you that this is indeed the case. It was a feast for the eyes, so much so that I decided to give the market its own journal entry. The two most unusual things that I saw in the market were the piles and piles of jaggery - made from sugarcane. The shopkeeper told me these unusual blocks were honey, but I later learned that it is the sugar produced from cane that is used in a lot of sweet and...

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Mar 9, 2007 - Mysore

What an enchanting city! I know that I haven't seen all the cities of India, yet, but I would have to say that Mysore is my favorite. I can't wait to tell you all about it and for you to see the photos I took. The bus dropped us off near the city bus terminal and our guidebook listed several hotels nearby. There has been quite an explosion of mid-range hotels being built in India so we hoped that we would find a relatively new hotel in Mysore. We were able to leave our suitcases at the bus booking office and set off to see the rooms on...

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Mar 8, 2007 - National Parks - Madumalai And Bandipur

Bandipur and Madumalai We decided to take the bus to Mysore, not the local bus but one operated by a private company. We were picked up by car at our hotel and taken to a central point where passengers all assembled and we boarded the bus there. We were disappointed that the bus was pretty old, the driver's seat was a folding chair that had been bolted to the floor and there was a nest of wires under what should have been the dashboard. I wanted to "bolt" myself, but stuck with the situation and off we went to face the 36 hairpin turns on...

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Feb 11, 2007 - The Faces of India

I wanted to post one more entry with some additional photos this week before I left the comforts of my beach paradise to start moving again in a couple of days. Once I begin to move I'm not sure how often I'll be able to get to the internet and I won't have any idea on what the connection will be like. As it is, when I uploaded the 10 photos for my last entry it took about 35-40 minutes, and I'm on a pretty good connection here. As for the photos and the faces...I have really been enjoying taking these pictures. I was showing another...

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