Asia

Planes, busses, trains, cars - getting around in India

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First of all, I am full of shit. I was actually thinking I'd come to India like a second Crocodile Dundee where no snake bites, no robbers, no infectious diseases could tame my sense for adventure. I thought I would come here and if I had to, I would walk all the way to Darjeeling with a detour to Calcutta's house of charity, originally founded by Mother The[...]

Shouting and shopping in Mumbai

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It's Wednesday, 8pm in Mumbai. Leaving Berlin went so smoothly that I should have guessed my arrival in Mumbai would be rough. And it was. All the traveling has made me a little cocky because for the first time ever I did not check the "getting to and from the airport" in my guidebook, because if I had, I would have known that rickshaws are not allowe[...]

To Do List for India

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Monday morning. It's august 3rd. In 19 hours I will board the plane that is to take me to India and although I'm able to write up these lines in a calm and composed manner I'm actually panicking. I am freaking out. It's the last day of getting things done and I have an endless list of stuff I need to do.Ii'm still pretty new to the whole "having a career thi[...]

Chick Lit: Must-Reads for India

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I never have much time to read, which is unfortunate as I actually really like clouding my mind with romantic trashy novels about true love and unrealistic drama. One of the best parts of backpacking is that you spend so much time in trains, buses and planes that there is never a shortage of opportunity to finish all the chick lit your brain can handle. Mos[...]