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... I was going to walk around the city until I found a kid who looked needy and make his day, but I found out there were a couple of other places that I could donate.
For simplicity I gave the clothes to an Indian friend from work that will donate the clothes to his church that will give them to people in need. I am hoping it will make someone smile!
... one of the most enjoyable bus rides I've had so far. For my eyeballs anyway. I still don't think my nerves have forgiven me and it'll likely take a few days for my butt to fully unclench.
Aaaaanyway. Madurai. Where the mosquitoes are smaller but by no means less stabby. Tamil Nadu apparently does Hindu temples pretty well. It's kind of its thing. I hadn't intended to visit Tamil Nadu at all until I realised ...
... scoffing some of the best food south India has to offer here.
Daramshalla (McCleod Gange); Dali Lama’s gaff, nuff said.
Indian trains; Sleeper class during the day, sit in the open doorway of a sleeper class train travelling across India with headphones in playing some suitable music and you really will have one of the moments, wonderful.
Loads more but these are Paul’s ...
... bog, crossing streams balancing on bamboo bridges, up steep muddy tracks (it had poured with rain during the night) and down the same. At midday we finally reached our bamboo raft. We spent another hour being paddled to the remote area where we might see one of the 400 elephants or 48 tigers in the park. Disembarking, we wandered about in the jungle for two hours looking for elephants. At last we saw one huge one, and some (not me) saw 2. Then ...
... solid rock. We walked up through the dark tiers of the temple to the centre. It was a bit underwhelming to say the least so we wound our way back out again.
The streets through Madurai were really interesting. As with many Indian cities, they have streets dedicated to a product eg string. There will be dozens of shops and stalls in in the same street selling string. Every type of ...