The 14 hour, cramped sleeper train was over and we were let off in Goa just before sunrise at a little station underneath a small mountain, in the middle of a jungle where the sound of cicadas and crickets was nearly louder than the train itself. After having been on the move every one or […]

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I love the cities here but they are crazy, busy and overwhelming. The last couple of days have been such a welcome change in the “garden state”. I wish we had more time here and will return, it is a side to India you don’t often see, one without obvious poverty, dirt and continuous car […]

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Tamil Nadu

Having left Chennai, we arrived in a little seaside town called Mahabalipuram (I think), known for its ancient temples, beach (which despite a two hour bus is the same beach we stood on in Chennai) and local cuisine. This wasn’t initially on the itinierary but came highly reccomended by locals and it is easy to […]

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After an early panic in Manchester not having the right VISA to get to India and a long day of two flights and dodgy ATMs, we somehow made it to the Hotel Mars Deluxe at 5.30am local time.  Two hours later there is a man at our door “breakfast, breakfast” with two dosas. After gladly […]

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Ten days worth of clothes, one iPod, a tablet, 160 malaria pills and enough hand sanitiser to, well, sanitise the sh*t out of me have now been transferred into an 11kg pack which will be ‘home’ for the next ten months. Feels very unnatural, quite weird, pretty scary but mostly just exciting! Now I guess […]

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