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... as the ticket conductor seemed a little bit put off by our presence. He didn't kick us off though. Still not quite sure how to identify the reserved vs. unreserved carriages.
About an hour before we arrived in Madurai I started getting a really bad stomach ache. By the time I got off it made walking really uncomfortable. Our first choice of hotel was therefore full. The next one was substandard. The room looked ...
... the staff member said “Ah Twighlight paper, we have!”
The other give away is that in formal situations like booking into a hotel, India still feels like a man's world where such complicated matters are rarely assigned to the fairer sex. Which meant that Lou was completely ignored by the moustachioed front desk when she presented details of our reservation. They instead looked straight through her to ‘Sir’ (covered in kids) to ...
... about but if they are going to ban the taking of images for religious purposes then they must try harder than that. "Oh Gupta it's too much trouble!" "Don't worry, Sanjay just stop the tourists bringing in anything that looks like it has a lens, we'll just forget about the 200 million Indians that have smartphones."
I cannot offer any justification for the 200 million smartphones thing. It might be a lot less than this. It might be more, I cannot say - look it ...
... its trunk! These dinners and trips kept us all sane as we laughed about very similar experiences and challenges during our time here.
All of this sounds like the volunteering itself was a totally negative experience. Far from it. Adjusting to working life in India was very hard, but by the end of the 5 weeks we both achieved so much and felt we had got a great deal out of it. All the head tutors at Aravind are following Tracie’s ...
... planted, managed spice planttions. Cardamom, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, mangoes (green ones used for pickles), pepper (try eating one pepper green off the tree - that leaves a numb spot in your mouth for awhile!), and a host of others are all grown together.
We got back to Madurai to find staff at the hotel prepping for the big New Year's Eve celebration.
There was a huge buffet spread in the evening, much ...
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