Sams India part 1

I start my adventure by arriving at Chennai airport, Tamil Nadu, India.

Instead of the 3 hours to Auroville it somehow takes me 8 – bursting for the toilet most of the way… on the bus wildly weaving in the soaring heat with hungry mosquitos.

I arrive and am greeted by my good fellow of a friend Alex. Time for a 14hr nap …

Auroville… (Click on the picture to get it enlarged)

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Auroville is an interesting place – quite spiritual, & attracts many interesting people from around the world; working on various projects without money as the objective. Ranging from making musical instruments to solar panel consultation, it’s a kind of half-way introduction to India. Riding scooters through its vast land is fun.

The center of Auroville: no religions & no praying to anything particular inside the giant golden golf ball.. kind of place.

Sam & Alex do a weekend course of ‘Awareness Through the Body‘.

Sams reaction: “Meh. I’d rather focus on playing guitar for 16 hours rather than pretend to be a newspaper on the floor..”

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I enter where we’re going to stay… Meera youth Camp

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Mine & Alex’ room – which looks out on to the sea. 50p/night.

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But the first day I arrived a house fell in the sea

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So lots of people came to help build sand banks.

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Only a few bags got lost

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.. in the proceeding storms

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We jammed

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and took long exposures at night

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got to know the locals

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experimented with other sand bank designs

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with more help..

We visited Mahabalipuram

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and were made to be in pictures with families we did not know, which was great.

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hung with four monkeys..

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tried to push a round rock..

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and slid on smooth stone.

Back at Meera..

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A cat and his mantis

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A nice thing to find at night

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This is Sadhana forest, in Auroville – volunteers who help turn desolate dry land into forests.

They put on free tours every week with free food & a film.

Sam & Alex’ leaving party: No pics as was too fun: Tamil dancing, jamming, drinking, great people etc

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But we found a new species; we’re calling it the ‘LizardFish

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Raju is our local hero

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and finally just a picture of some “friiiieeennndsss

Alex and Sam then leave after the 1 month in Auroville to finally start their travels, and head to Rameshwaram (overlooking Sri Lanka.. almost)

… tune in for part 2 soon….

Thanks for visiting!

Sam X

For Sams’ other travel stuff check out:

India Cow


Sam & Jiddu on a boat

or Sams short stories….

The Belt

Little yellow hook

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