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The Holy City

Varanasi, India

Mark Twain once wrote about Varanasi "it is older than history and older than time, and it looks twice as old as both of them put together." Varanasi is the holiest place in India, and because of that thousands of people come here to bid fairwell to their loved ones. Every day of the week, hundreds of people are cremated on the banks of the river with little more than a sheet over them! And the holiest people are floated down the river until they sink to the bottom with weights. So needless to say this was the most interesting boat ride of my life.

permalink written by  Greg on June 3, 2007 from Varanasi, India
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Dum Aloo

Ramnagar, India

Ok, so I met up with Jared in Delhi and we headed up to Ramnagar which is the gateway into the Corbett national park. It was the first national park established in India and today remains as a front runner for the conservation efforts all over the country. We saw 6 inch spiders, geckos and frogs, and that was just in the bathroom. We stayed in the park for two nights and went on 6 safaris including one on an elephant. We saw some amazing bird life, herds of wild elephants and even several bangal tigers up close! After Ramnegar we headed east to Lucknow where we went to all of the tourist sites in the morning, and in the afternoon wandered the streets checking out the shops and entertainment.
Jared is not much for the food here but I take great pleasure in ordering random dishes from their endless vegetarian menus just to see what comes up. Last night I ordered the Dum Aloo, which ended up being a delicious blend of curried potatoes and spices.

permalink written by  Greg on May 28, 2007 from Ramnagar, India
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Delhi Belly

Agra, India

Well, its nice to be out of the pollution of Delhi, not that Agra is much better. The Taj Mahal made it all worth it though. It is the most amazing place Ive ever been to. After the Taj I went to a town called fatepurh Sikra, where I spent a couple days getting accustomed to the Indian way of life, and getting over a case of the "delhi belly". After that, a bus to Jaipur near the edge of the desert region...or so I thought. It is actually very hilly, almost mountain like. I took a elephant ride up to Amber fort for some pictures. Very cool. I staying in a 200+ year old hotel that used to be a palace. Now I sit in a air-conditioned internet cafe in delhi sipping kingfisher beer. Its all good.

permalink written by  Greg on May 21, 2007 from Agra, India
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brown skies

London, United Kingdom

My last 2 days in london were more about drinking than sight-seeing. Allthough I did see the national gallery with original Picassos, van goghs and rembrants. I also got a good deal on a matinee for Stomp, it was cool. A nighttime flight to Delhi has put me here at 6:00 in the morning. The heat and humidity is already too much for me so I have splurged on a nice hotel room. I am headed to agra in two days to tour the tajmahal and a couple national parks. It amazes me how a 5star hotel is right beside an abandoned building with a shanty town and a wildpig. The smog and pollution is beyond anything I have seen before.


permalink written by  Greg on May 15, 2007 from London, United Kingdom
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day 2 in london

London, United Kingdom

After a delay on my flight I arrived in London at around 3:00pm local time and took the tube to my little hostel. I was disorriented and jet-lagged and I didnt accomplish much other than checking out some local pubs that day.
Today was a little more exciting, I started with a trip through the amazing Natural History Museum. The shear size and grandeur of the building was more than I have ever seen before. It look 4 hours to stroll through, and I could has easily spent 4 more. After that I checked out the science museum. It was cool but not as impressive as the Natural history museum. Afterwards I checked out some of the touristy places. The Tower bridge, London bridge, parliament building, big ben. They were all amazing arcitectural designs. The one thing that has truly amazed me is the shear oppulence of the place. It oozes with class. Keep in mind that I am staying in Kensington, which is fairly upscale. But I have seen more Bentleys, Rolls royce, Aston Martins and Mazerattis today than I have every seen in my life.

permalink written by  Greg on May 11, 2007 from London, United Kingdom
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Calgary, Canada

Jared left for Oman 2 days ago. Via email we will meet up in Delhi around the 21th of May to start the journey... it really sunk in last week when I went to the indian visa office where I entered a overcrowded stinky rundown building and I was the only white guy. Everyone was waiting around and no one seemed to know what was going on, I asked several people and got conflicting answers. Finally through the caos I somehow left with a visa in hand and a little taste of indian culture.
Both jared and I have a taste for adventure and adrenaline, we are incourrigible and will surely get ourselves into some intersting situations. Whenever I have internet access I will add pics and stories to keep everyone informed and entertained!

permalink written by  Greg on May 3, 2007 from Calgary, Canada
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