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Trip Start Aug 20, 2005
Trip End Nov 30, 2005

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

hey everyone! i might come back and send out an entry with this later, but for right now im just going to try and put up some pictures of my trip so far!

alrighty, im finally coming back to add to this entry!

i feel like alot has happened since i last posted, so i might just keep it pretty short. as a part of jocelyns program, she is supposed to have a special culture seminar at the beginning. it all wasnt very planned out, so it ended up that they were just sending her on some local tours and i was able to go along.

the first one we went on was a half day tour of bangalore. reading through the list of places we were to visit we couldnt pronounce any of them, so took that as a sign that they much be cool and historical. contrary to what we though, the highlights of this trip included a display on the invention of the zipper and ball point pen (both by americans i believe), a visit to a government sponsored sari store, the millipede we saw in their big botanical garden, and the biggest "christmas tree" in india. regardless, it was cool to find out what some of the buildings we had been seeing were and nice to feel like we were seeing more of the city. it also explained why bangalore isnt much of a tourist destination...

after that we left the next day for a 3 day 3 night (2 in a hotel one on the bus) trip with the same company, going to near by mysore and ooty. it didnt get off to a real good start when we got to where we were supposed to meet them, 15 minutes early, just to find out they had left us. how that happened in a country where on time means 30 minutes late, who knows, but they were kind enough to send the bus back for us. it was actually a really nice bus and the ride to mysore was great. we stayed the night there but didnt see anything that impressed us too much. then we left for a few more hours in the bus as we went to ooty, which was my personal favorite part of the trip! the drive was amazing. i felt like we passed through 5 different places just in those short hours. we drove through rice fields, hills covered with tall eucalyptus trees, and seemingly vertically endless tea plantations, all speckled with women working in their neon saris.

when we got to ooty we realized that it was in fact a mountain city, a bit cooler than we had expected. we shivered through the next day and a half, huddling up with our one blanket under our not big enough umbrella. during our little vacation i think i got my picture taken more times than my entire 4 months here before. but we got to meet alot of people and even make some friends!

since then i have been planning for the next part of my trip and doing a variety of things around bangalore. the highlight included seeing the newest bollywood movie, salaam namaste, on opening day! i felt so..."in"! it was a really good movie though, easy enough to understand without knowing much hindi, which always adds to a movies enjoyment. im also pretty sure i was the only foreigner in the theater, which is fun too. as for right now, i am planning on leaving for kerala in a few days, go on a backwater cruise, then head to udaipur! ill keep you updated on where i end up next!
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