One stalker, One friend and a lot of French.

Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
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Trip End Oct 03, 2009


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Flag of India  , Union Territory of Pondicherry,
Monday, August 10, 2009

This town is quite affluent with lots of French culture and architecture as it used to be a french colony...so there are a lot of French peeps living here.  Pondicherry has a seafront promenade, wide boulevards (with curbs, wow), lots of trees, a lovely park (for India standards), a well-known ashram, Sri Aurobindo.  It is unlike anywhere else (apparently) in southern India so i figured it was a great place to ease myself into South India. 

I say South India because im only traveling in this part as this is a huge country to see it all.  For me it makes sense to stay away from the more full-on busy, hassling North where all the tourist sites (yes ill be skipping the taj mahal) are and way more people and annoyance from what i have heard.  I would like the more 'laid back' south please with friendlier people, a bit more
wealth, a few less people and a few less attention im hoping.

And so far so good, i dont stand oot at all really with all the other white peeps.  It did take me a few days to get my confidence up and for me to get my camera oot (as it attracts more attention obviously) to snap some shots.  It ended up being a great tool actually and attracted lots of positivity as some locals stopped me and insisted i took their photo, not for money, just for fun...a father and daughter were first (oh i have yet to find a net cafe where i can upload pictures so bear with me) in line then a bunch of young guys, one brushing his teeth on the street.  The positive energy was great...it really made my day.

I passed my week with ease, dining oot 3 times a day, walking the boulevard at dusk with everyone else, taking pictures, quiet time at the ashram, quiet time in the beautiful garden, quiet time on my balcony (who knew india could be soo quiet? i was enjoying while it lasts), hiring a cruiser bicycle and riding around which was fantastic as it's totally flat and i love getting amidst the chaos of the traffic...no lights or signs really, just avoid everyone yet there's no road rage really...hmmmm.

The first few days my tolerance and patience were tested as the Vietnamese guy just wanted to follow me around, he would wait on his balcony for me to go oot and tell me to wait up, he got to be creepy and wasn't getting the message, even after telling him i want to be alone, leave me alone, no i dont want to do anything, no, no, no... As he was leaving finally, i was rewarded as i met an Indian guy, Vikas, randomly, while he was riding his bike, and he will be my first friend on this trip.  We hung oot for a good few days, eating, drinking beer, and he helped me alot with the simple things like bus info, shops, just getting around...even though he was a tourist himself, from the west coast of Goa.  Vikas is genuinely a nice person and he had no other intention or motivation with me (and he ended up losing his bank card and having his account emptied), i could just tell, i felt comfortable...which is rare to be honest, for a Indian guy to understand just friendship with a western woman.  It was really lovely to have enjoyable company for a few days, hopefully i will meet him in Goa again.  The universe is on my side..India is being good to me...wooohooo!

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