Arriving in Southern India

Trip Start Jan 31, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2009

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

I had just spent half an hour typing up an entry to put on this site and then there was a power cut!!! - they seem to be a very regular part of life in Southern India, so lets hope I can get this done before the next one happens!!
I had a great time (once the tummy had settled!! J ) in Kolkata. A few highlight were going to the Sunderband Islands, (we didn't see any tigers but it was a stunning place to be!) visiting Brother Gaston (- the most amazing and inspirational gentleman I have ever met who runs a home for mentally and or physically disabled people) and spending 2 days at Udayan which was so much fun! On our last evening they put on a performance for us which was brilliant, we then had to follow which was...probably not so brilliant but good fun! We then had an amazing meal on the rooftop which they had decorated with fairy lights! I don't have my camera lead with me at the moment so can't upload any pictures unfortunately!
On Thursday morning (after an emotional goodbye to the group on Wednesday evening!) I got a flight from Kolkata to Chennai where I was met by Ravi, a member of staff from Projects Abroad. We then caught a train at 9pm from Chennai which arrived in Sivakasi at 7am on Friday...which I've just realized was yesterday!?! Seems about a week ago!!! In the evening we left the Projects Abroad office and traveled about 2 hours in the car to my placement. On the way we stopped off to meet 6 volunteers who are doing conservation project about 30 mins from my accommodation. They are all really nice and I have spent the day with them today in a town called Tenkasi (about 1 hour from where I am staying).
The family I am staying with are lovely. It is a typical Indian household with Mr & Mrs Gomathinayagm (I am still working on the pronunciation!!) their two sons and daughter in-laws and 3 children. I have a room upstairs with a shower and the toilet (Indian style! - Ames and Em, you'd love it!!) is downstairs. Another medical volunteer is arriving sometime next week who I will share the room with so that'll be nice to have some company.  
Tomorrow I'm hoping to go to an Indian wedding with the conservation volunteers which would be really cool. However, today my stomach has been...lets say, not so keen on the southern Indian we shall see!!! We tried to go and see a film this afternoon, after having been assured it was the right film a dozen times it wasn't! - very typical of India, you ask for one thing and get the complete opposite!! None of us fancied sitting through the film that was on so we made a quick exit! I start work at the hospital on Monday which I'm really looking forward to so will update you all on how that goes and also put some pictures up later in the week!
I hope you're all well,
Lots of love xxxx
P.S My hotmail isn't working at the moment so I unfortunately can't read / send any e-mails sent but will hopefully do that later in the week!
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amyboxshall on

Oh my god!!! It's so nice to hear that you arrived safely etc. BAD TIMES about the Indian style toilet, how ever will u cope? Haha only joking, remember I'm the Urban girl and you're the earth mother who copes fine with problems!! lol. Yesterday went and saw Abi and the girls and am going over again today and babysitting til tomorrow morning. Going watford on Monday and u will be sorely missed :-(! But im so glad that you're family is nice and that someone from the medical thing is going to come and stay with you definitely which is awesome. Hopefully it'll be a really nice girl that is almost as nice as me and Em ;-). I love you so so so much, be happy and I will check travelpod all the time for your new entries etc. Missing my romantic, subtle, calm and patient friend :-) love u always PHANTOM POO!!! xxxx p.s BAD NEWS about the tummy, hopefully it will settle soon, but REMEMBER THE PROMISE YOU MADE ME. U BETTER KEEP TO IT. :-) xx

gabriel29 on

Southern're amazing
What a treat to read how you're doing! You are experiencing real India now....staying with a real-live Indian, children, the whole works! Sorry to hear your tummy is objecting to the hot diet again....hope that clears up fast. Love Roberta and Geoff x x x

avrilwhite on

You are amazing!
Hi Anna
I hope that this message finds you well and that your tummy is beginning to settle down.And indian toilets too! Poor you!! Thanking about you lots and so enjoy your updates! Thanks for the email too but don't worry if you don't get the chance to reply to my messages - I know that are lots of people waiting to hear from you and your time on the computer is precious especially if you get power cuts.
I do hope that you enjoy living with a family - what an experinece - the chance to see real life in a country. And I hope that the job in the hospital goes well - I will be thinking about you tomorrow!!

bumsicles on

hey there! good to see the food is doing all sorts of nice things for you...did u end up going to the wedding? i'm sure it was pretty amazing, indians have all that colourful shizzle everywhere! hope that everything is going well, im thinking that you've started ur work experience stuff, if not then i imagined reading that, bad times! sure all is amazing and ur meeting some great people...once again none as good or as 'special' as me :D! love you lots dude, stay safe, be sexy and keep smiling xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

lil_bruv on

Hey Anna!

How have you been since we last talked?!
Hope you havn't fainted too much at people having there legs ripped off!
I just realised it's mothers day soon and both you and tom are away! HELP!
OH and by the way I did not poo myself while skiing with Tom, it was just really hard.

Lots of love
Paul xx

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