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Jan 30, 2005 - French Connection in Pondicherry

Tonight we leave for Madurai, a large city in the middle of Tamil Nadu known for its enourmous and beautiful Meenakshi Temple by train. We arrive early in the morning tomorrow. Our past few weeeks in Auroville have been wonderful. Volunteering with the relief effort has been a very powerful experience. On our third day, one of the volunteers played with a group of children from the village (called Kuny-medu-kupam, I learned). She then got them really excited to help out and we had races carrying the keet down the beach. Getting the...

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Jan 19, 2005 - Tsunami work in Auroville

Hi Everyone, Ethan here in Auroville. I wanted to give everyone an update on what we've been doing. First, thanks to everyone who responded to my last email. I didn't expect so many replies. There are many more places here to use the internet than there were last time, but the connection is slow and not the most reliable. So I can't really respond to each of you. I will however give a brief overview of our trip plans as well as the tsunami sitiation, which several people asked about. Today (Wed the 19th) was Kate and I's first day working...

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Dec 18, 2004 - Dec 16 & 17 Pondi

December 16: I prepare myself for another visit to Pondi. I have breakfast and call the Chennai manager. I ask if he is able to accompany me to Pondi and if he can arrange for a car. Good news/bad news. He can arrange the car but he can not accompany me. He arranges for the car. It is to be there about 9:00. The card with driver, Albert, shows up as planned and off we go to Pondi. Excuse me for the next ramblings but this is where I had 3 hours to ponder India, so here are some impressions and thoughts I had while bumping along. • Cattle:...

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Dec 13, 2004 - Twilight Zone

Pondicherry I don't know if we just got started on the wrong foot here or what. We arrived by bus in 2 hours from Mamallapuram. The trip was fine but when we got here, we got into a rickshaw and toured around to a few guest houses before finally finding one that was acceptable. We didn't really want to stay in one that was run by the ashram but ended up with no other choice. The rules state that silence in the guesthouse is important but we were woken up by children running up and down the halls screaming and yelling at six AM. Not my idea...

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Dec 11, 2004 - Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

Da har jeg vaert vel en uke i Pondicherry (Pondy) og blitt gjort bedre kjent med denne byen. Pondy er en by med ca 220000 innbyggere og er med det en liten by i indisk sammenheng. Byen baerer preg av aa ha vaert under fransk innflytelse fra det 18 aarhundre. Byen er delt i to av en inntoerket kanal. En fransk del og en tamilsk del. Den franske delen som ligger mot havet har franskinspirerte restauranter og bygninger. Selv om Frankrike overlot byen til indiske myndigheter i 1954 saa har man fremdeles litt foelsen av aa spasere rundt i en...

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arcuda travel 04/05

Oct 17, 2004 - Parlez vous Pondicherry?

Hey Yall... Traveling from Mamallapuram to Pondicherry was one interesting bus ride! Met a family from Switzerland and a couple from Germany at the bus stop. We were all waiting for the bus to take us to Pondicherry and were told it was due anytime soon as the schedule showed the next bus at 9:20 AM. I should have known by now already that "soon" to them means a good hour or so. We waited and waited until 10:15 AM! The bus was already full and I had to stand by the entrance on the steps sans the door, as there were no windows or doors on...

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Oct 10, 2004 - Pondicherry - French India

So I've been looking around Pondicherry (or Pondi as the locals call it) and it really is a beautiful coastal town that primarily seems to cater to Indian tourists. It's full of beautiful hotels (very colonial style) and has great restaurants and the shopping is INSANE. The shopping street here is more intense than any that I've seen so far. Indians love to shop and it seems that each street here is more full of sellers than the last. I find the shopping a dizzying experience and after a bad day of bargaining and haggling it really can...

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Ari's India Tour

Oct 9, 2004 - You KNOW you're in trouble when the Indian guy beside you is looking afraid on the bus....

I arrived in Pondicherry today. Took the overnight train from Trivandrum and then when I got to Madras I hopped into a deathtrap bus from hell. The ride from Madras to Pondicherry was 4 hours of bone jarring, nerve wracking hell. I sat in the front seat with my bag and tried to look non-chalant as my heart beat like a drum and every swerve I was convinced was going to send us careening off the road into a fiery ball of flames. Our driver alternately was almost nodding off in the sleepy afternoon heat and racing other buses down a two lane...

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