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Sep 10, 2013 - Indian (not the one Christopher Columbus "found")

Before really looking deeper into India through the documentaries and articles written about it, I knew that there was a lot of poverty in India. It is rather common knowledge, most countries around the world, specifically in Asia, that have large populations are generally poor. And it seems so easy for us as people in America who are mostly all coming from much more privileged backgrounds to dismiss this as a fact, and to then forget about it. With all the known statistics and numbers and generalized "hey, those people are poor" that we...

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Mawh Bee-lawg

Sep 9, 2013 - INDIA

Born into Brothels was a very ambiguous movie, meaning there was much to absorb while watching. It was hard to focus on the main topic of the movie which was the poverty and situations these children faced. Rather I took interest in the woman attempting to help these children living in these Brothels. I thought it was a wonderful that her main priority was to get these kids into good schools but was it her goal or their wish? It is hard for me, a white American teenager, to be able comprehend the situation these kids not that much younger...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Calcutta

8-27 Had complimentary breakfast then to the bus station where we discovered our info from yesterday was wrong, only buses to Jessore leave every hour. The only direct bus to the border(Bhonapore/Bonapur) leaves at 11am! So we take (are taken, literally) a local - stops every 100 meters, ha - and arrive 2 hours later. Right on another sloooow local to Banopur border by noon and because our LP says no exit fee we spend our last few taka on bananas, pomegranatesm,cookies, and tea. Big mistake! They do charge an exit fee so we have to use some...

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Mar 12, 2011 - Kolkatta

Mom just left yesterday after 3 weeks traveling in India. She survived the dust, the smells, the pollution, a cold/allergies, snow, cold temperatures, nothing raw or really very healthy food-wise, loads of walking, tuktuks, overnight train, long bus rides, bargaining with locals, eating street food, ...and ME! :) We had an amazing time together, but I'm sure she'll be glad to enjoy a salad back in beautiful West Hollywood. Tonight, I'm off to Darjeeling on an overnight train.

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Eva's Big Adventure

Apr 29, 2010 - Tour Freaks from India inviting Travelers to Asia...

Hi Friends We on behalf of Crazy Wanderers are promoting our Tour Programs across the Globe for a better cause i.e for the welfare of underprivileged children and old people {which means Traveling for a better cause}. We have facilities like: 1.Homestay with an Indian Family and enjoy the culture and habits. 2.Rooms available from 10$ to $30 per night depending upon facilities like Television, Internet access Breakfast to Dinner and car rent-Transport. 3.High profile Tourists who wants to stay at Resorts and Star Category Hotels, we have...

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Mar 17, 2010 - Der erste Eindruck in Kalkutta

nach dreistuendigem flug, mit grenzgenialem indischem flugzeugessen, von bkk nach kalkutta gabs an der einreisestelle erstmal einige gesundheitstests abzuarbeiten! da wir aber, wie erwartet, keine ansteckenden krankheiten mit uns fuehren war es endlich soweit und ich roch das erste mal indische luft, die gar nicht so schlecht roch wie erwartet. die taxifahrt ins zentrum bestaetigte da schon eher meine indischen erwartungen!! wir bezogen ein nettes zimmer in der sudderstreet, dem backpackerghetto kalkuttas!! unser guesthousebesitzer traegt...

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Der ferne Osten

Feb 23, 2010 - To Market, to Market..

Went up to Sudder st. area and the New Market as it is referred to, really the Hogg Market originally built in early 1800's but fire destroyed 1/2 in 1985 so that was rebuilt (hard to tell the difference between the 1800 and 1985 parts. There are people called Market Porters you very kindly and subtly lead you to the slaughter inside. Lunched in a great old Indian restaurant, then wandered around, finally taking a taxi to Saint Paul's Cathedral, read the dedications (mostly to Bengal Lancers killed in the line of duty (usually by severe...

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Long Reach RTW

Feb 22, 2010 - Pondering Peregrinations

Our next job is to see how we are going to traverse northern India. We plan to go to Darjeeling to see the Himalayas then to Varanasi, the holiest city in India, then to Agra to the Taj Mahal and finally to New Delhi to catch a flight. As nothing seems to be straight forward in India I'm curious to see where we actually end up. Stay tuned. OK it took us the whole day to organize the rest of our India tour, from one false lead to another. Fortunately all the walking around and taxi rides was a good way to see the day to day life in this...

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Feb 21, 2010 - Calcutta, West Bengal

We left the Bangkok International airport at 23:30 for a 2 1/2 hr flight to Calcutta (Kolkata). Just a note about the Bangkok Airport; it has by a wide margin the most shops, restaurants and duty free stores we have ever seen in our lives. Alot of time to kill before our flight we walked the length and breadth of it and were exhausted by the time we reached our gate. We have absolutely nothing to teach these people about capitalism (actually ditto for the rest of Asia we have seen so far). On to Calcutta, the airport , by contrast was out...

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Oct 10, 2009 - Fly to Kolkata (Calcutta)

10-10-09 During our stay here we plan a half day guided sightseeing tour of the city that will include some of the historic Raj buildings; the Pareshnath Jain temple and clay idol workshops. 11-10-09 Today we say goodbye to our travelling companions, giving us a couple of days in Calcutta by ourselves to do some more sightseeing. 12-09-09 Last day in India before we head off for some relaxation. And here is what really happened!! Leaving Bhutan a little late means that its trying to fit in all the sights in a much shorter time frame. The...

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Jun 5, 2009 - High Court of Calcutta

Route: Siliguri - Bagdogra - Kishanganj - Raiganj - Farakka - Bahrampur - Kolkata Distance covered: 588 Kms. Place of Stay on 05.06.2009 and 06.06.2009: Nirnimesh's House The journey from Siliguri to Kolkata was a long one about 600 kms. but the fact of leaving Siliguri motivated us to hit the roads. After a long drive of 16 hrs. and terrible dinner at Farakka, we were more than delighted to savour a delicious cup of tea made by Bunty's mom. over an elaborate description of our accomplishments. Two consequitive late nights had taken its...

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Apr 26, 2009 - Visit to Dalhousie Square, Flower Market, Mother Theresa’s House & Indian Museum

Today is our final day in Calcutta, and we did our best to try and take in as much of the city as we could. Early this morning we left our hotel and took an auto rickshaw over to Dalhousie Square. Dalhousie Square, now known locally as B.B.D. Bagh, is Calcutta’s commercial hub and center of government. The area is also home to many of the buildings constructed by the British here during the Raj. As today is Sunday, the area was very tranquil and almost devoid of people and traffic. Many beautiful Victorian era buildings lie in this area,...

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Break From the Law

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