First full day in India...

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Nov 27, 2013

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Flag of India  , Tamil Nadu,
Monday, January 21, 2013

So this morning I finally got to meet the rest of my group which was really good and everyone seems really nice. There's a good mix of people; some from Oz, Canada, New Zealand, America and the UK. Our tour leader Chan is really friendly too so first impressions are all good!

We left Chennai at about 8.30am to catch a bus to our next destination, a small town called Mamallapuram which is about 2 hours away. A pretty short journey for India!

I didn't get to see much of Chennai at all because of my late arrival but apparently I didn't miss too much. Also quite a violent city from what Chan was saying (3 murders reported in the paper yesterday) so quite happy to be leaving that behind.

I've been in a bit of a daze most of the day as I'm still completely knackered from my journey but it was nice to be in a more chilled out place.

I had a bit of a wander round the town mostly trying to avoid being hustled into a shop to buy some crappy souvenir! It was pretty damn hot so a couple of us went to get a drink and cool down for a bit.

Had a quick power nap after that (has to be done!) then met with the rest of the group to go for lunch at a rooftop restaurant by the beach, nice! The snow back at home seems like a distant memory now!

The best bit of today was hiring some bikes and riding around the town visiting temples and various other sites. Cycling here is an experience! Almost got hit by a tuc tuc but managed to dodge it in time thankfully.... Really loved it though and it's really flat which is a bonus.

So far my mozzy bite count is at 3 and that's with using the super duper mosquito spray, I must be tasty or something?!

Went out for dinner tonight with the rest of the crew and had a nice paneer masala and paratha bread, yum yum. Hopefully it won't have any adverse affects and I won't regret it this time tomorrow if you know what I mean?! Really thinking about what I eat this time around, Delhi belly = bad!
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