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[3.20] 5 Hours in Mumbai

Our flight from Goa back to Ahmedabad took a transfer at Mumbai airport, we got 5 hours then to have a brief glimpse of this metropolis. we took a rickshaw to a beach. the sun was about to set. it was a weekend, people were pouring in. in just a minute the beach was already packed.
a cricket-crazed nation -- people watching ICC World Cup at Mumbai airport

a cricket-crazed nation -- people watching ICC World Cup at Mumbai airport


a busy crossroad in Mumbai

a busy crossroad in Mumbai


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We had dinner on the beach. and after that, real craze started -- we hit this food market not far from the beach, there was a whole collection of food stalls that serve all kinds of Indian snacks and sweets. OMGZ, it was amazing! by the time i walked out of the market, i was sooooo full i thought i wouldn't eat anything for the next three days!

The best thing about India? the FOOD, definitely.
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Pani Puri

Pani Puri


Gola!

Gola!


a snack made of potatos -love it soooo much

a snack made of potatos -love it soooo much


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The 5 hours in Mumbai was soooo much fun. i'm definitely going to go back to Mumbai soon.

Posted by claire.lee 13:07 Archived in India Comments (0)

[3.16-3.20] GOA GOA!

Goa once was ruled by Portugal for over 400 years. It is the smallest state of India, yet it can be counted as one of the most beautiful of all. fascinating beaches packed with tourists from all over the world, jungles, bike races, numerous bras and clubs... i was just sooo thrilled knowing that i was about to hit it.
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We took a train in the morning of 16th, first time in an Indian train, things were exactly as what i had expected -- cockroaches, crowded cars, and the "shittest toilets in the world" ... we spent 20 hours in the train before we finally reached Goa station. Then what awaited us was a tropical beach resort!
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Second day in Goa was the most exciting. we went to a great beach with an ancient fort right above a hill. the view was just breath-taking.
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an Indian dish--Dosa

an Indian dish--Dosa

On the 20th, we took a flight back to Ahmedabad. Tarun said we should go back to Goa again. lol yes i loved Goa soooo much.
a full-moon night on the beach

a full-moon night on the beach

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[3.12-3.15]My Indian Family!

Here's one of the best part of my having been in India for ten days -- living in a real Indian family!!! my boss decided that i should live with a local family for the first couple days so that i could better fit in. i got so thrilled knowing that. then i finally got to meet with the family late at night right after i came back from Gandhinagar. this was a Hindu family with a mom, a dad, a sister and two brothers. big brother Decpak is a ridiculouly funny guy, who is now a great friend of mine; sister Swati is a great chef who runs a cooking class, and she's a huge believer of Hinduism as her mom, she would talk with me about spiritual world, the meaning of our existence and stuff. we would sit for a whole afternoon chatting. it was great fun; and the youngest brother Haris is a cool guy. she goes to college, majoring in commerce, (see, not all of the Indian guys study engineering!) and he's curious about everything. i learned how to make Chai ("spiced tea", the most popular beverage of the Indian subcontinent) from the mom -- crush some ginger in a mortar, put it in boiling water, add tea leaves and milk and a ridiculously amount of sugar, wait for it to boil again and it's ready. (you should try Indian sweets, they are just SUGARY...) Chai is definitely one of my favorite though.
Haris making Chai in the kichen

Haris making Chai in the kichen


Chai

Chai

At night, we would have a long drive simply to get a taste of Gola (a snow cone filled with crushed ice topped with flavored sugar syrup); we would hit the movie theatre for Hindi movies (which i totally didn't understand since they do not offer English subtitles for Hindi movies) that last for at least two hours, averagely tho for three hours; we would visit late-night food market and have a great time savoring Indian cuisine; and Decpak even took me to this place where he would often go to when he felt like being alone, it was a bridge which looks over a massive area of plain.
Swati's vegii sandwich

Swati's vegii sandwich

i loved the family so much and it was just too bad i had to be shifted to a new flat after four days. i always remember this poster in the house -- it is a breath-taking portrait of God Krishna, below was a caption that says: the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

I loved it.
auspicious red dots on me

auspicious red dots on me

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[3.12] a Trip to PDPU, Gandhinagar

shortly after i got to Ahmedabad, i was invited to Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University for a get-together in Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat.
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University


one of the lecture halls at PDPU

one of the lecture halls at PDPU


trust me -everyone can dance!

trust me -everyone can dance!


i got a Hindi name!!!

i got a Hindi name!!!

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[3.12] Ahmedabad!

it was really a pleasure to look out of the window pane and see the night view of the city of Delhi just before my flight was about to land. spectacular and gorgeous--an international metropolis nothing short of shanghai or new york. too bad there were only 10 hours for me to stay in the city before i had to take a flight to Ahmedabad the next morning, where i work.
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an hour and half's flight from Delhi, here i am--in Ahmedabad! this is where i'm gonna stay for at least two months.
something i find interesting in the toilet at Ahmedabad Airport

something i find interesting in the toilet at Ahmedabad Airport

Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat in west India. what fascinates me most about the state, from what i heard, is 90% of the population are vegetarians. in fact, having been here for 10 days, i absolutely don't doubt India makes the greatest vegii food in the world!
the city of Ahmedabad

the city of Ahmedabad


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Posted by claire.lee 12:04 Archived in India Tagged ahmedabad Comments (0)

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