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... and got a rickshaw to the crossroad area. (Our driver seemed to know the spot.) That is where taxis that have carried passengers from Bhubaneswar wait for return passengers so they don't have to go home empty. And instead of 1200 to 1500Rs, one can nab a ride with them for half (or less) than the going rate for Puri taxis depending on your negotiation skills. We figured we had nothing to lose. We had allowed plenty of time and ...
Hallo... long time no see, how are you doing my friends?
The time since my last post has gone super quick. On Friday, my lone stay was turned into a much busier scenario, with a family of 4 arrived to stay in one of the cottages... (Father and 3 kids age 15, 4 and somewhere in between) as well as Hannah, the other helper who i met briefly in Agra. She had to arrive earlier than expected as she was refused a visa extension and wanted to get working asap.
... and cave art display. After lunch we headed to Fort St George and saw the Fort museum. This museum told the history of the East India Company and its role in helping the British colonise India. The building of the fort in Chennai seemed quite fortuitous and was not the initial focus of the East India company but was driven by two of their local agents. The museum also had several paintings of British Kings, Governors of Madras and Indian dignitaries. We also had a chance ...
... ugly, has excellent infrastructure and is generally in pretty good nick, compared to other Indian cities. We flew at 10:30pm, after a predictably laboured and repetitive departure protocol with Indian customs. We also had time, especially me, for a last minute grumble, about India - the fact that you are not allowed to leave the country with any Rupees. This provides the Indian money changers a priceless opportunity to rip ...
... the ocean. Another day was clean-out-the-sewers day. Workers had taken the concrete slabs off the sidewalks and were standing in the sewers scooping out the sludgy contents with their hands into giant piles of poop on the roads. Welcome to India!
But those are just the grittier aspects of Mahabalipuram, the temple town along the Bay of Bengal that also provided us with many enjoyable sights. On our first day we managed to catch ...