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... cool beer, only to discover that because it is a Muslim feast today there is no alcohol to be sold in all of Tamil Nadu. Never mind we thought, we'll have the beers out of our mini bar. Would you believe it, they had been removed! So we went back to the bar and ordered soft drinks. January 5th Our driver was prompt to pick us up at 9 for our last excursion. We drove down the coast to Kovalam, where Janey hoped to interview a couple of fishermen ...
... some guys in a "Vikram" - a kind of large tuk tuk - to take me the final distance to the airport, for another 100 rupees. At first they said that in Jolly Grant you have to book these Vikrams in advance, which worried me because I didn't see any other mode of transport available in the immediate vicinity. Eventually, though, they agreed to take me - and I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare, and a new adventure under my belt.
After I checked ...
... through customs (5th time so far on this trip) and each time we do it, I get more nervous. We keep getting asked why we are bouncing around countries and what our business is here. They have been asking for our itinerary and this last time entering India, they took Don's passport for quite a while and looked through every page. This is really an uncomfortable feeling for me......If it makes Don uncomfortable he doesn't show it.
... first day in Chennai. It seems we still have a lot to learn about the way things are done in India. Still, managed to purchase myself a 'Chennai Super Kings' shirt to support my beloved IPL team of about 2 days. Saw a restaurant called 'Hotel Runs', which, safe to say, I shan't be eating in as I don't fancy tempting fate quite so obviously. But all is well thus far, more exploring over the next couple of days.
Until the next time x
... t a distinction between sidewalk and street, you have to be super alert to avoid getting run over. If a sidewalk exists, it’s usually obstructed by a sleeping person, a cow or a pile of stones. And as much as I try to follow customs and blend in, it’s easy to draw curious and constant stares from the locals. Although it’s harmless and non-aggressive, the attention still makes me feel a bit uncomfortable, especially if I’m by ...