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Hampi

For the final leg of our trip, we traveled from Goa by sleeper bus overnight to Hampi, a smaller town in northern Karnataka. During medieval times, Hampi was the second largest metropolis in the world after Beijing and was place of immense wealth and resplendent architecture. It was completely razed in the 1600s by invaders...

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Goa

From Munnar, we traveled by taxi to the Kochi airport and flew to the state of Goa–on the west coast of India–where we stayed for a week. Goa’s largely continuous beach draws tourists from around the world. Our hotel was near the beach in Arambol, which happens to be a sort of Mecca for hippies....

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Kerala

With our relaxing stay on Havelock at and end, we retraced our path to the mainland, this time flying from Chennai to Kochi, where we spent two nights. We arrived late and exhausted, but still ventured out for a late dinner. Afterwards, we happened upon a festival taking place at a nearby temple. We caught...

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Andaman Islands

We journeyed across land (overnight train from Mysore to Chennai) and sea (flight from Chennai to Port) to arrive in the Andaman Islands. We spent two nights in a hotel in Port Blair–one more than anticipated, as we were unable to obtain ferry tickets to Havelock for the next day. Obtaining tickets was a bit...

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Mysore

Experienced the sights, sounds, smells of a bustling Indian city—its inhabitants’ gentle demeanor amid what feels to me as a foreigner like chaos. Explored via rickshaw, visiting an old market, shops for silk, oil, incense, sandalwood and more, and a Hindu temple (sensory moments from start to finish). Gained a little more proficiency eating rice...

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Bangalore

Reunited with Shan Shan and Eleni two months after saying goodbye at the close of the Aegean Center fall semester. A former Aegean student and friend of Eleni, Samyukta welcomed us into her family home and introduced us to Bangalore (and India in general for Shan Shan and me). Visited the Bangalore Palace with Samyukta...

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Beginning a journey

Writing in the international terminal at O’Hare, acknowledging the feeling of suspension that can accompany travel–the feeling of being caught between periods of life, as if the act of saying goodbyes, putting the house in order and packing up my belongings mirrors a shoring up of the forces at play in my life. I experienced...

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