To Mamallapuram

Trip Start Nov 18, 2007
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Trip End Jan 31, 2008


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Monday, November 26, 2007

Usual Mayhem on night train - 6 of us in berths but Liz had some beer and we all slept well as the train was pretty slow; we have travelled some 30k out of Chennai to Mamallapurum and I've left her at the pool. India continues to fascinate - we had a local DVD on the bus - every 15 minutes its a song or a shoot-out and lots of inference; this one seemed to be Miss Wet Sari, contrasts abound and the power went off just as I updated this yesterday - a shrug is the response and a major price reduction (from 40p to 15p an hour). Another place that I'm ashamed to say I wasn't aware of but it was on Hairy Bikers - lots of sculptured rocks and temples mainly from large pieces of rock - a sort of Petra meet Ankhor Wat in the second division. We cruised them on hired push bikes which was fine till the lorries & buses got close. This is also top end of the Tsunami area but there was little loss of life here, just lots of rebuilding. For the first time tonite we blew the GBP4 dinner budget (each) but massive fresh tiger prawns and red snapper - somehow we spent GBP15.....that of course is in context of my GBP1 haircut which included an oil head massage.
I will now try to leave out the money references but its quite hard.
last evening we also went out to the local orphange 'Little Angels' - we took a sack of rice, 30 toothbrushes, toothpaste and other stuff plus Liz's first t-shirt rejects - a great time was had with the kids who actually had no rice for the next day. They knew the hoky coky and got heads shoulders knees and toes very quickly too.
On a really good connection at the minute so I'll ramble on. Yes there's poverty and yes it's dirty - they have no concept of litter here, but it seems a content society with little materialism and all the bad aspects of commercial peer pressure. However, I don't think you want to be disabled or an elderly widow here as they are really quite cast out. The endless mottos & traffic regulations are also totally disregarded but you can get Brook Bond, Bournvita, Cadburys anything, Horlicks and if you are so inclined Navy Cut and Gold Flake ciggies (in 10s of course). Also seen Polo Mints and Kit Kats.
Keep well
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