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May 29, 2007 - Kolkata

After a bit of a long haul I arrived in Chennai where I had to wait for about twelve hours before the plane went to Kolkutta, that place where the previous name was exactly the same but a different spelling!. Checked into a shitty room and had a kip for a few hours, went to the internet where randomly I strolled straight into the one which Chen and I used to look up Mcdonalds on that excursion all those weeks ago. Wasted some more time doing basically nothing and caught a rickshaw to the airport where the guy turned out to be number three...

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On another jaunt...

Apr 10, 2007 - Barefoot in Calcutta Act I

We flew on Jet Airways to Calcutta (or Kolkata as it's now called). Jet Airways was pretty good - better than a lot of domestic American flights I've been on! The best part was the personal entertainment screens (all airlines need these!). I watched a show on Haute Couture and one on Marie Antoinette. Henry watched his first ever SpongeBob Square Pants and laughed so hard. I love his laugh. Once we arrived we went through immigration. Henry and I went through first and waited for the Smiths. As we waited I watched a hippy couple go through...

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Jan 20, 2007 - Kolkata, India

We trudged through the much more noticeably clean train station, found a taxi, and proceeded to our much desired hotel room. Like every other city we had visited in India, Kolkata's streets were overflowing with humanity, machinery, livestock, and filth. Horns blared while ripe odours alternated between inviting (incense or freshly-cooked food) and nauseating (you figure-it-out)! A marked difference, however, was the number of extremely poor people living on the streets. Grimy, cupped hands poked through our open windows at almost every...

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Dec 27, 2006 - Kolkata

First Impressions of India: (First hour) 1. Indian men sporting the sweater vest and mustasche 2. Ambassador taxis 3. Huge bus wreck on the way into town from the airport - I later read that 2 people were killed because the bus drivers were racing each other and that is how they ended up crashing. 4. Tons of traffic and air pollution - when you blow your nose at the end of the day, it is just black... 5. Unbelievably beautiful women in saries 6. Cows and dogs in the streets 7. Slums, people living on the streets, urinating on the street I...

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Cryssa's RTW Trip

Dec 22, 2006 - Calcutta

Calcutta was a quick stop. I only spent two days and one night there, and having a contracted a cold and sore throat on the night train from Varanasi, wasn't much interested in sightseeing or otherwise exerting myself. I spent most of my time there hanging out in the neighborhood of my hotel, eating and trying to rest. I finally saw the much-advertised Bollywood blockbuster, "Dhoom: 2," the sequal to the 2004 hit "Dhoom," starring Indian megastars Hrithik Roshan and the very sexy Aishwarya Rai. I figured facing the music, literally, might...

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Ring of Fire Tour

Dec 5, 2006 - Kolkata - Day 1

Our train left NJP (the connection from Darjeeling to Kolkata) at 8pm-ish. There are four classes of tickets that you can choose when purchasing on the massive India rail system: The most expensive is 1st class AC - this is a private cabin with two berths (beds) anda door. Usually this class is reserved for heads of state or the really rich. The next most expensive is 2nd class AC - this is cabin contains 4 berths (an upper and lower bed) on both walls. There is a reading light perfectly placed next to your pillow to allow for reading...

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Nov 28, 2006 - Kolkatta

So we braced ourselves getting off the train knowing we were back in crazy land again and sure enough we got bombarded with taxi drivers as soon as we got off the platform. We found a taxi driver to drop us at Sudder Street, the backpacker haunt and that's where the search began. Accommodation here is crappy and expensive so Donna and Christine found a corner and sat with the bags while Ian and I took off and went into every guesthouse up and down the street, the cleaner ones were full and the ones with availability were dingy, didn't have...

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My World Odyssey

Nov 18, 2006 - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Calcutta's great maelstrom of 14 million people makes for crowds and extreme poverty, therefore many are torn between goodwill and necessity. There is not much of a willingness to help other's for generosity's sake for everyone is in need; everyone wants something from you. The human rickshaw justifies his exorbitant fare price by motioning with broken English "too heavy." Indian men smile at you (or at the possiblities you represent) and walk beside you asking "Where are you from?" followed by "Come into my shop, looking is free" or "Where...

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Nov 16, 2006 - Kolkata -> New Jalpaiguri

We landed in Dum Dum, Kolkata's International Airport, around 1am to find a city stuck in a 1960s time warp. Everything around us was dirty and broken and old. And the Indians themselves on the flight were like unrulely schoolchildren playing a game of musical chairs, each vying for what they considered the best seat on the plane. Some even had to be removed from the seats reserved for air hostesses, the airline crew left shaking their heads, and the plane 25 minutes late in taking off. I could only imagine as to what was in store for us in...

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The Wanderer

Sep 16, 2006 - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

We weren't really sure what to expect in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta)! Having heard so many different opinions from other travelers, it was obvious that we would just have to make up our own minds! We had mentally prepared ourselves for images of severe poverty and human suffering and while these images are undoubtedly there, we were happy to discover that there is a lot more to Kolkata than what makes the western press. We saw lots of examples of beautiful colonial architecture and historic temples and the people were very welcoming. Not...

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Jun 30, 2006 - Kolkata

Landing in India is something everyone should do at least once. you can take your pickl of places to start, delhi, bombay, kolkata, etc. We chose to start on Kolkata because it's the cheapest form thailand and wow it's was an eye opening expereince from the first second. We breezed through cutsom and immigration and straight into the indian sun. holy hot! after getting settled in our guest house with new friends from the plane we took to the street and started exploring. one of the first things you notice is the noise. the horns on the...

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Feb 9, 2006 - Flying out of India

We are in Calcutta, our last stop in India. We didn't see or do much here other than fly out of the airport. The air here is pure smog. You can actually feel it attacking your throat and eyes during the day. Good thing we stayed here only long enough to do some business and eat a real pizza at Pizza Hut. Ah!! So tasty after all the Indian food! Our last hotel in Calcutta was a hole, and an expensive one. The best thing here was the sign in the train station which said, "Beware of RAT." It's been, to say the least, a roller coaster ride....

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