March 24, 2003 GMT
Finaly on my way down south

Again a restday, now in Kodaikanal. Started yesterday from Mamallapuram south/west over Pondicherry, Tirrchirappalli and Dindigul to Kodaikanal at 2100m altitude because I had enough from the heat in the plains of Tamil Nadu ( one of the 25 states ), the about 500 km trip was quite amazing from the hot and dusty air at sealevel to the cold and clear here. I had to use the sleepingbag overnight and the big bonus here are no mosquitoes. I`am staying in a quite, very old nice place ( Keith Inn ).

On the road yesterday I realiesed then what the indian drivingstyle is, using for 500km about 2500 times the horn ( got already a soor hand ) and the trucks side by side while overtaking each other don`t even think about moving a bit while coming towards you. Whereever you stop in about 30 seconds there are 20 people around you asking, again, the same questions or just looking what you are doing and never seem to loose interest the whole time, it1s a strange feeling.

Mal wieder ein ruhetag, diesmal in Kodaikanal. Bie gestern von Mamallapuram sued/westlich ueber Pondicherry, Tirrichirappalli und Dindigul nach Kodaikanal was 2100m hoch liegt, vorallem weil ich genug von der hitze in den plains von Tamil Nadu ( einem der 25 staten ) hatte, der 500 km trip was sehr beeindruckend, von der heissen, staubigen luft auf seelevel in die kalte, klare luft hier wo ich sogar den schlafsack in der nacht benutzt habe und ein weiterer bonus das keine muecken hier sind. Uebernachte in einem ruhigen, sehr alten und schoenen haus ( Keith Inn ).

Auf der fahrt hierhin verstand ich dann auch was indischer fahrstil bedeutet, fuer 500km benutzt man so 2500 mal die hupe ( habe schon nen tauben daumen ) und die trucks waehrent sie ueberholen und beide fahrspuren benutzen denken nicht einmal daran etwas auf der strasse platz zu machen. Auch woimmer mal anhaelt in ungefaehr 30 secunden stehen 20 leute um einen rum frage, wiedermal, die gleichen fragen oder schauen einfach nur was man macht und scheinen nie das interesse zu verlieren, ist schon ein eigenartiges gefueht.

Posted by Andre Lomme at March 24, 2003 08:19 AM GMT
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