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Feb 13, 2010 - District Conference

Yesterday was day one of the District Conference. The main difference between our District 5190 Conference and the District 3201 Conference is that all of their sessions are plenary sessions, there are no breakout sessions. And the conference is more formal than ours. However, the friendship is the same. It is a time for us to see our new friends in India, and to make new friends. And as we expected, many Rotarians came up to us expecting us to remember them, even though we only met them once at a Rotary meeting some place in District 3201....

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Jan 24, 2010 - GOLD & DIAMONDS

Yesterday we had an excellent time learning about the jewelry industry in India. We visited the retail jewelry shop of a Rotarian. His products are high end, and many are custom pieces. The bulk of his sales are for weddings. We were able to “test wear” some of his products. For an India wedding the bride might be wearing a gold waist band, gold bracelets, and several types of gold necklaces. And of course all will have diamonds and other stones in them. The retail costs of many of the waist bans and necklaces were $20,000 and up. From the...

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Jan 23, 2010 - Vocational Visits

Thursday was a vocational service day. Each Team member had activities specifically planned for them. Team Leader Jon had asked for no vocational activities for the day so that he could do some administrative things including updating the blog. With the power shut down he was not able to go on the internet. He spent the morning processing some photographs and hanging out with his host Pratap. In the afternoon he joined Jennifer for her vocational activity. Jennifer visited two high schools. At both of them she talked about the advantage of...

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Jan 23, 2010 - HOSPITAL VISIT

Yesterday morning we visited the Ghanga hospital, It is family owned and several of the doctors at the hospital are Rotarians. There are 400 beds at the hospital and it has two departments, hand surgery and orthopedic surgery. Many of the hand surgeries are trauma related including reattaching fingers and hands. Following our tour of the hospital they gave us a nice breakfast. We then went to visit C.R.I. Pumps. They manufacture water pumps, mainly for water wells. They ship their products worldwide. The company manufactures most of the...

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Jan 22, 2010 - Our First Visit Out Of The City

VALTHUKALU (Greetings) from India. First a note: Even though we would like to be able to update this blog every day (or even several times a day, our schedule will not permit it. Read on and you should understand.) – We have now been in India for 4 days. On Tuesday afternoon we were picked up by our host families. All of the host families are Rotarians, and in this Rotary District it is considered an honor to be cosen to host a GSE team member. And because of this all of our host families are very active in Rotary. For example, Jon’s host...

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Jan 18, 2010 - We Are in India!

We have arrived in Coimbatore, India. Our flight from Reno to Coimbatore took about 36 hours and was very uneventful. The food on Emirates Airlines was excellent, and the service matchhed the food. As we boarded the small commuter flight from Chennai another passenger commented on our Rotary GSE lapel pins. He is a current Rotary club president in another Indian Rotary District, and a former GSE team member. At once he phones Bala, the D3201 GSE Chairperson to tell him that we were on schedule. In Coimbatore we were met by about 10...

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Mar 3, 2007 - Coimbatore

Not much to say about this city of one and a half million souls. It was a long, six hour journey by road from Alleppy. The road from Alleppy to near Cochin was extremely busy with heavy truck traffic in both directions. Once we turned inland towards Coimbatore, the traffic thinned and as we began to climb the vegetation changed completely from the tropical palms of the coast to scrub forest and dry grassy fields. Coimbatore is primarly a textile centre that sprawls over a very large area with the Niligri Hills in the distance. There is...

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Jan 24, 2007 - Leaving Ooty on the toy train to Bangalore

we caught the train to Matapyalam which left at 3pm this took us down the mountains through some stunning views, when we arrived we had to board another train to coimbatore, I sent Ben off to get the tickets, whilst I looked after the bags, on Ben's return he showes me the ticket but only to discover he had bought a ticket for bangalore (which i had already bought a few days before) instead of coimbatore, although this would get us onto the right train, I went back to the ticket office to see if we could get a refund, but with the que being...

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Rosie and Ben

Mar 26, 2006 - Sea of Tea

Well, due to a delay in getting a train ticket north, we had an extra day to kill, so we decided to head to the hills! Munnar, up in the hills, is full of tea plantations and also where the Bristish all had summer homes to escape the heat. Tea...the Bristish...you get the connection, right? We were happy to follow there lead, figured a day without upper lip sweat would do us all good and the views were meant to be spectacular! Well, albeit brief, Munnar did not disapoint. It was beautiful and cool and we enjoyed a day of driving around...

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Come Away With Me...

Oct 11, 2005 - Ooty

Cuaght the bus to Chamundi Hill to see the Sri Chaumundeswan Temple - at the top of India's "most sacred hill site". We were going to go in, but the queue was like that to get into the Vatican - needless to say we gave it a miss. Walked down the hill - over 1,000 steps so the legs were a little shaky once we got to the bottom! Got on the bus at 2pm to Ooty and climbed (again in such a 1950s road worthy bus!) to 2240m (with sheer drops but such amazing views) over to Tamil Nadu to Ooty. Amazing hill scenery with a carpet of tea covering the...

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Jun 25, 2005 - Udagamandalam (Ooty) - Mettupalayam

We rode first class on the way down the mountain to Mettapalayam. The steam engine was at the front, pulling us down, so we sat in the last seats in the last carriage, giving us an un-obstructed view out the back and out the side windows. When we stopped at Hillgrove station to refill on water, we found the place overrun by monkeys!!! They had cute sideways mohawks. Some of them had ones that were parted in the middle. It was funny. As we pulled out of the station, we watched one climb the watertower with a cup in his mouth. He then sat...

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Jun 20, 2005 - Muvuttapurzha - Coimbatore

After breakfast (we had Idlly dosa with jackfruit curry and another with milk and sugar washed down with a bit of tea and the sweet morning toddy), we headed out for a walk in the rain with Kavita's uncle. We stopped off at a chapel, which is a popular pilgramige site for Catholics. It was set on the top of a hill and had incredible views overlooking the town and countryside. It was beautiful. We also stopped in at the parish church and saw the ornate altar. Interestingly enough, the women sit on one side of the church and the men on the...

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