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Back in town

Vuelta en la Ciudad

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After delays and re-booked tickets a couple of times, everyone is back in town!

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Después de algunos retrasos y cambios de reserva están todos de vuelta en la ciudad

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Different airport view

Different airport view

airport made into a hotel....

airport made into a hotel....

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Mango times

Tiempo de Mango

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It is mango times in Chennai. Never seen so many different types of mangos! And the taste is just delicious.

Currently one half of us is stuck in Stockholm due to the volcanic ash cloud and the other half is becoming more local for each day...

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Es tiempo de mango en Chennai. Nunca había visto tantos tipos diferentes de mangos! Y el sabor es delicioso.

En la actualidad la mitad de nosotros se ha quedado atascado en Estocolmo debido a la nube de ceniza volcánica y la otra mitad es cada vez más locales por cada día ...

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It is Good Friday!

¡Es Viernes Santo!

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Headed to Kerala during Easter weekend.
Woke up early morning on Good Friday to go to Munnar, home of the Tea plantations. An amazing trekking among all tea trees even if the normal personnel was not there, it was Good Friday. From that moment on, people told us a lot that it was Good Friday and that was why things were not as usual.

The two other days was spent on the backwaters and in Fort Cochin, very relaxing and beautiful.

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Dirigido a Kerala durante el fin de semana de Pascua.
Me desperté temprano por la mañana del Viernes Santo para ir a Munnar, sede de las plantaciones de té. Una caminata increíble entre todos los árboles de té, aun que el personal normal no estaba allí, era Viernes Santo. A partir de ese momento, la gente nos contó muchas cosas que era Viernes Santo y que por eso las cosas no eran como de costumbre.

Los otros dos días se pasaron en los remansos y en Fort Cochin, muy relajante y hermoso.

yes we buy

yes we buy

Chinese fishing net

Chinese fishing net

shopping!!

shopping!!

time for a drink

time for a drink

big jackfruit

big jackfruit

What are they investigating here?

What are they investigating here?

old Portuguese building

old Portuguese building

RIP

RIP

huge tree

huge tree

Fort Cochin area

Fort Cochin area

making rope

making rope

time to turn the boat

time to turn the boat

enjoying the canals

enjoying the canals

going into the jungle

going into the jungle

Cochin feet

Cochin feet

Work for Alex?

Work for Alex?

Family trip

Family trip

eating local seafood

eating local seafood

The dog also wants to come

The dog also wants to come

cashew tree

cashew tree

backwaters beauty

backwaters beauty

relaxing nature

relaxing nature

lime factory

lime factory

local fishermen

local fishermen

perfect summer house?

perfect summer house?

enjoy the ride

enjoy the ride

happy on the water

happy on the water

Chile tree in India

Chile tree in India

The big dam

The big dam

Is all reuse good?

Is all reuse good?

The rain is coming in...

The rain is coming in...

admire the teak

admire the teak

band cover

band cover

yes it is hot!

yes it is hot!

relaxing on the top the hill

relaxing on the top the hill

in tea heaven

in tea heaven

green tea

green tea

On top of the tea mountain

On top of the tea mountain

Only tea

Only tea

Happy tea people

Happy tea people

tea hills

tea hills

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Things to do when visiting Chennai and its surrounding

Cosas para hacer al visitar Channai y sus alrededores

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Museums and zoo

Shopping

Sights

Temples

Close cities to visit

More information about Chennai

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Mumbai

Bombay

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Fuimos a Mumbai (llamado Bombay por los portugueses y británicos). Una ciudad de casi 20 millones de habitantes cuales el 50 % viven en miseria a pesar de ser el principal centro económico de la India. También alberga a la mayor industria cinematográfica del mundo, Bollywood. Al visitar el sector de Film City (queda al norte de la ciudad, una hora en tren local) logramos ver la grabación de una escena. Como es India, no hay mucho orden y logramos entrar sin problemas aunque no era hora de visita. El siguiente día, andábamos caminando por una calle comercial, cerca del hotel Taj Mahal (donde hubo el ataque de terroristas) y me un tipo me pregunto si quería participar en una Bollywood film. Lamentablemente tuve que negar ya que la grabación iba ser una día lunes y yo tenia que trabajar...imaginen se :-)

Mumbai es un Valparaiso cualquiera, siendo la ciudad portuaria más importante del subcontinente *jajaja*. Desde la Gateway of India, tomamos un barco hacia la Isla de Elephanta, llamada asi por los elefantes de piedra que antiguamente adornaban el puerto de entrada a la isla. En la isla se encuentran cavernas con estatuas del Dios Shiva, del año 600. Fascinante aunque nos toco una calor y humedad extrema.

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We went to Mumbai (called Bombay by the Portuguese and British). A city with almost 20 million citizens, where 50% live in poverty despite being the main economic center of India. It also houses the world's largest film industry, Bollywood. When visiting the Film City (north of the city, an hour by local train) we manages to see the recording of a film scene. As India, there is not much order and we managed to enter without any problems even though it was not visiting hours. The next day, we were walking on a shopping street, close to the Taj Mahal hotel (where the terrorist attack occurred) and a guy asked me if I wanted to participate in a Bollywood film. Unfortunately I had to say no since the recording would be a Monday and I has to work ... imagine it :-)

Mumbai is just like Valparaiso, the most important port city on the subcontinent * hahaha*. From the Gateway of India, we took a boat to Elephant Island, named after the stone elephant that once adorned the port of entry to the island. On the island, there are caves with statues of Lord Shiva, from year 600. Fascinating, though we had an extreme heat and humidity.

Mumbai Slums

Mumbai Slums

set for slumdog millionaire

set for slumdog millionaire

last city stop

last city stop

beautiful staircase

beautiful staircase

sunday cricket for everyone

sunday cricket for everyone

Victorias ala Mumbai

Victorias ala Mumbai

Gateway of India and Taj Mahal hotel

Gateway of India and Taj Mahal hotel

entering the city again

entering the city again

relaxing

relaxing

he was playing with....

he was playing with....

look here please!

look here please!

the great Shiva caves

the great Shiva caves

three headed Shiva

three headed Shiva

cave hiding

cave hiding

play it like Shiva

play it like Shiva

entering the Elephant caves

entering the Elephant caves

Walking up to the caves

Walking up to the caves

arriving at the Elphant island

arriving at the Elphant island

waiting for the boat

waiting for the boat

enjoying cricket from the roof top

enjoying cricket from the roof top

Marina drive by night

Marina drive by night

make sure that everyone is happy!

make sure that everyone is happy!

Bollywood film set

Bollywood film set

happy train people

happy train people

getting of at film city

getting of at film city

nice breeze by the doors

nice breeze by the doors

taking the local train

taking the local train

bus race

bus race

Prince of Wales museum

Prince of Wales museum

steet art market

steet art market

english building style

english building style

Mahatma Gandhi´s house

Mahatma Gandhi´s house

Gandhi´s room

Gandhi´s room

Do we dare to cross the bridge?!

Do we dare to cross the bridge?!

city view

city view

different playground

different playground

long empty beach

long empty beach

Marina drive

Marina drive

laundry man

laundry man

let it dry!

let it dry!

washing machine alá india

washing machine alá india

I don´t want anything

I don´t want anything

Victoria train station

Victoria train station

prison hotel?!

prison hotel?!

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Proud coffee guys!

Tipos de café orgullosos!

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By request, here are our two proud coffee guys from work!

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Por petición, aquí están nuestros dos tipos de café orgullosos de su trabajo!

Coffee guy I

Coffee guy I


Coffee guy II

Coffee guy II

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Taj Mahal

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Visitamos Taj (Real) Mahal (Palacio), una de las Siete Maravillas del Mundo Moderno. Es realmente un complejo maravilloso de edificios construido entre 1631 y 1654 en la ciudad de Agra, a orillas del rió Yamuna, por el emperador musulmán Shah Jahan de la dinastía mogol. La construcción más conocida esta hecha de piedra arenisca roja y cubierta con mármol blanco. El mausoleo se erigió en honor de su esposa favorita, Arjumand Bano Begum — más conocida como Mumtaz Mahal — quien murió dando a luz a su 14ª hija, y se estima que la construcción necesitó el esfuerzo de unos 20.000 obreros.

Hay una pequeña puerta para entrar y otra para salir, en ambas empujan todos como si fuera hora de cerrar. Adentro del mausoleo blanco, hay un olor a pata ya que hay que andar descalzo para no ensuciar

También visitamos el Fuerte Rojo de Agra. Está ubicado en la orilla del río Yamuna, a 2,5 km noroeste del Taj Mahal. El fuerte esta construido en piedra de arenisca roja (a lo que se debe el nombre). Lo comenzó el emperador mogol Akbar en 1565 y lo termino su nieto Shah Vahan, 90 anos mas tarde. Es un palacio amurallado, encerrando en su interior un impresionante conjunto de palacios y edificios señoriales con diferentes estilos arquitectónicos

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We visited Taj (Royal) Mahal (Palace), one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is really a wonderful complex of buildings built between 1631 and 1654 in the city of Agra, on the river bank of Yamuna, made by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal dynasty. The most famous building is made of red sandstone and covered with white marble. The mausoleum was erected in honor of his favorite wife, Arjumand Bano Begum - better known as Mumtaz Mahal - she died giving birth to her 14th child, and it is estimated that the construction involved about 20,000 workers.

There is a small door to enter and one to exit, in both people are pushing like it was closing time. Inside the white mausoleum, it smells sweaty feet since everybody have to walk barefoot to avoid soiling.

We also visited the Red Fort in Agra. It is located on the banks of Yamuna river, 2.5 km northwest of the Taj Mahal. The fort is built in red sandstone (that explains its name). The Mughal emperor Akbar started to construct it in 1565 and it was finished by his grandson Shah Jahan, 90 years later. It is a walled palace, locking an impressive array of palaces and stately buildings with different architectural styles.

Street sleeper

Street sleeper


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Droping as fuel

Droping as fuel


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A friend called monkey

A friend called monkey

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The secret bathroom

The secret bathroom

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Happy happy at Taj M

Happy happy at Taj M


A picture with Madame

A picture with Madame

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A picture with Sir

A picture with Sir


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Water buffalos

Water buffalos


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A new coffee machine

Una nueva máquina de café

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We have just got new coffee machines at work, and yes each machine comes packaged with a guy that will press the button for you!

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Acabamos de obtener nuevas máquinas de café en el trabajo, y sí, cada máquina viene con un tipo que pulsa el botón para uno!

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Terremoto en Chile

Earthquake in Chile

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A las 3:34 AM (hora local) del 27 de Febrero hubo un terremoto de intensidad 8,8 en la escala de Richter que sacudió la zona central y sur de Chile, con su epicentro en el Océano Pacifico, a 115 km de Concepción. 10-15 minutos mas tarde comenzó un maremoto con olas de 2 – 8 metros.

Toda la familia en Chile esta bien, con mucho susto pero a salvo. Mi mama, mi tía y mis primos están en Talcahuano - una de las ciudades porteras mas cerca del epicentro. Cuando comenzó el terremoto, se levantaron y se fueron al cerro para buscar protección. Todavía se encuentran en el cerro, pero ahora están en una casa de madera con gente conocida. Tienen comida y agua para beber pero aun no hay electricidad. Cuando se estabilice la situación, la mama volverá a Valparaiso para apurar su viaje devuelta a Suecia.

Mas info: http://musse96.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/terremoto-y-tsunami-en-chile/

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At 3:34 (local time) on February 27, there was an earthquake measuring 8.8 in Richter scale that stroke the central and southern part of Chile, with its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, 115 km from Concepción. A tsunami with waves of 2 to 8 meters, started 10-15 minutes later.

The entire family in Chile is well, very scared but safe. My mom, my aunt and my cousins are in Talcahuano - one of the coastal towns closest to the epicenter. When the earthquake started, they got up and went to the hill for protection. They are still on the hill, but now in a wooden house with familiar faces. They have food and drinking water but no electricity yet. When the situation stabilizes, my mom will return to Valparaiso to speed up her journey back to Sweden.

More info: http://musse96.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/terremoto-y-tsunami-en-chile/

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It is all mother nature

Todo es madre naturaleza

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We need to try everything while being here. That is why we started out a weekend trekking with 35 other people from Chennai and Bangalore. Meeting up the group at 4 in the morning was just the beginning of a tough bus ride. I really admire the Indians, they can fall asleep everywhere, and during a bumpy bus ride is no exception. So while all other people were sleeping, suddenly they start to play very load music in the whole bus. That made it really impossible for us to fall asleep (non-Indians) and when we asked why it was only because the driver was feeling sleepy and he wanted music to not fall asleep. We slept so much better after that.
It was a two days trekking in a nature reserve, where locals pay 4 Rupees to get in and foreigners pay 800 Rupees, maybe not the best way to treat tourists.
But it was still worth it. Feels very good to know that these kinds of places still exist in India, where it is not over crowded and no garbage. Went to wonderful rivers where we could swim and also drink the water. But we had different opinions about if you should take a bath in your drinking water. -"it is all mother nature" they said, but we were not sure we wanted to taste everything that comes from Mother Nature.

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Tenemos que probar de todo mientras estemos aquí. Es por eso que comenzamos el fin de semana de caminata con otras 35 personas de Chennai y Bangalore. Reunirnos con el grupo de las 4 de la mañana era sólo el comienzo de un viaje en autobús duro. Realmente admiro a los Hindúes, que puede dormirse en todas partes, y durante un viaje en autobús lleno de baches no es una excepción. Así que mientras todos los demás estaban durmiendo, de repente empiezan a tocar música muy alta en el autobús. Eso lo hico realmente imposible para nosotros (no Hindúes) conciliar el sueño, y cuando les preguntamos por qué, fue sólo porque el conductor tenia sueño y que quería música para no quedarse dormido. Dormimos mucho mejor después de eso.
Fue dos días de caminata en una reserva natural, donde los locales pagan 4 rupias para entrar y los extranjeros pagan 800 rupias, tal vez no la mejor manera de tratar a los turistas.
Pero valió aun la pena. Se siente muy bien saber que este tipo de lugares aún existen en la India, donde no esta lleno de gente y basura. Fuimos a ríos maravillosos en los que se podía nadar y también beber el agua. Pero teníamos diferentes opiniones sobre si se debe tomar un baño en el agua potable. - "todo es la madre naturaleza", dijeron, pero no estaba seguro de que quería probar todo lo que proviene de la madre naturaleza.

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Been here as well

Been here as well


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Mushroom growing on elephant dropping

Mushroom growing on elephant dropping


Not so environmental friendly garbage management

Not so environmental friendly garbage management


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Sleeping while waiting for the rest of the group

Sleeping while waiting for the rest of the group


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Waiting for the bus at 4 AM

Waiting for the bus at 4 AM

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