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bus food drink…


Went to Vijayawada by public transport for the first time, previously i had always gone with the doctors (there is a rotating population of Italian paediatricians here at this time) in a fancy air conditioned car…it costs 2600 Rupees (€43) to hire that car and driver for the day.
This time i went with Z, she has been volunteer teaching here for 5 months now so she is a pro at all this stuff…so we took the 252B bus from Gannavaram. No seat…standing…and the scrum to get a seat should one become free is quite a sight. These elegant ladies in their sari’s suddenly become monsters!…anyway, the bus costs 13 Rupees (21 cents)…that’s more like it…that’s the last time i take the car! The gangway inside is packed and we often take small pothole strewn roads to pick up people from small villages…It’s a challenge to my inner balance just to remain standing…but we get to Vijayawada safe and sound..love it.


… i know this place looks a bit ropey…and if we want to there are some fancy air conditioned restaurants in town. But you have to take a chance on local food i think. Anyway the place on the busy Besant road was packed with families so it seemed OK. Actually the food was great. This is the special Thali…vegetarian, don’t ask me what everything is, am still trying to work it out but there was sambar, pickle and 2 veggie curries, yoghurt……price 55 Rupees (90 cents)…yum… Am getting quite good at eating with my hand (right hand only, remember left hand in India is for less sanitary affairs!)


another foody revelation…freshly pressed sugar cane…wow…so good…sweet (obviously) but also fragrant with a hint of gingery spice… cost 6 Rupees (10 cents)…and the machine that they use to press the sugar cane is beautiful…

all videos filmed with flip mino HD (third generation)

to Vijayawada and back…

Been to the babies home today, here in the orphanage, where i saw a baby one week old found abandoned in a bin and brought here. Then there was another one left in a bag filled with food and clothes for the baby. In all there are about a 6 or 7  babies here right now, sometimes there are more, last year there were 20. But the good news is that they pretty much all get adopted by Indian families.

Went to Vijayawada, a proper Indian city. Never saw a single western face never mind a tourist. Did see a statue of Lenin though. P1000527_small

Went to an Indian restaurant, a real one mind, no cutlery and fiery hot pickles, its actually quite liberating trying to eat sauce with your fingers, only use your right hand mind, the left hand is for less sanitary matters…not sure what left handed folks do. So you find yourself thinking in cliches, but people ARE incredibly friendly here and very kind. They will invite you into their home even if they have almost nothing.



Catholicism and communism are very present in the area


A walk in to the village next door shows up just what a little oasis i am living in, in the orphanage, but again, people are always kind and proud of what they have.