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Pre-2016 Election: Interview with “Jay” in India about the U.S., Americans, and American Politics
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Pre-2016 Election: Interview with “Jay” in India about the U.S., Americans, and American Politics

In August, before the 2016 elections, Jennifer interviewed people of different countries about their perception of America, Americans, and American politics. How do Indians view the United States (as of fall 2016)? Jay works in technology in Chennai, India and some of his views on Americans will probably surprise you. ...
Our Delhi Vacation Rental: Photo Gallery
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Our Delhi Vacation Rental: Photo Gallery

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Outside Looking In — Lydian Shipp
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Outside Looking In — Lydian Shipp

The sounds here are intoxicating. Downstairs (or down the hall, I can’t tell) I can hear the sounds of drums and flutes playing vibrantly, and the murmur of many people’s voices. Occasionally, I’ll hear a car horn from outside going, wee-o-wee-o-wee-o. And then a bird cooing in the distance. And people shouting to each other from across the courtyard down on the bottom level of the apartment complex. The ...
Inflating the Couch Before the Mcleodganj Nightmare
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Inflating the Couch Before the Mcleodganj Nightmare

Jennifer blows up the inflatable couch to make the Naddi Village vacation rental tolerable. It was a nice thought. Unfortunately, even inflatable furnishings couldn't make that place habitable.Related Posts:Worst Vacation Rental Experience Ever: Moldy Mattresses in the Himalayan Mountains -- By Jennifer Shipp ...
Jogging in Chennai, India
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Jogging in Chennai, India

We'd traveled primarily in northern India before going to Chennai in the south. In all of the cities we'd seen in northern India, the presence of other people, weird traffic patterns, cows, and trash made jogging outside impossible. But in Chennai, we stayed at an apartment complex with a very clean parking garage around which we jogged each morning. ...
Varanasi, India: Workers on the Rooftop
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Varanasi, India: Workers on the Rooftop

Every day, we sat at our giant window watched the workers on the building across the street as we ate lunch. Note the scaffolding and hot it's made out of sticks. The workers worked on this scaffolding without harnesses or any kind of safety "net" of any kind. In this video, one of the workers swings around a big stick on top of the building next door. Maybe he's angry about his job...or maybe he's just ...
Chipmunk in Delhi, India
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Chipmunk in Delhi, India

In this video, a chipmunk chirps on the porch of our vacation rental in Delhi, India. The landlord, an educated man, told us that one of the tenants before us was a Korean Buddhist monk who claimed to be able to talk to animals. One day, the landlord walked in on the monk who was sitting quietly on the porch, surrounded by birds. The monk told the landlord that the birds in Delhi were "sad". ...
Varanasi, India: The Burning Ghats along the Ganges River
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Varanasi, India: The Burning Ghats along the Ganges River

The burning ghats (also known as Manikarnika ghat) in Varanasi are a sacred place where the Hindu funeral rituals take place. After the body is burned, the ashes are pushed into the Ganges River, which is also considered sacred. We'd visited the burning ghats in Kathmandu a few weeks before this trip to see Pashupatinath along the sacred Basmati River. Cremations take place within full public view in these ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Impressions
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Impressions

Pondicherry (sometimes also known as Puducherry) is located in southern India near Auroville (a place where tourists can go to observe a cult in-action...In this video, we took a moment to stop and note our impressions of Pondicherry (or Puducherry, whatever you prefer) before bombarding ourselves with Auroville (because we knew Auroville was going to be a little weird). We'd already been in India for a few ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Auroville
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Auroville

Before traveling to Chennai, India, I had no idea what "Auroville" was. I thought the best tourist attraction in the area was the Kapaleeswarar Temple in Chennai...but Auroville did WOW us and not in the typical way that tourist attractions do either! Auroville is a city where a small cult of followers  worship a woman who calls herself The Mother. But shhhh...we don't talk about it, because there's NO ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to Pondicherry Train
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to Pondicherry Train

In 2016, we took a train to Pondicherry from Chennai when we decided to visit Auroville, one of the places to visit in Pondicherry. The train ride was about 5 hours long, and Auroville itself was a short distance from the Pondicherry train station by taxi (there are plenty of cabs and tuk tuks waiting outside the train station). This video follows our adventure on the Indian train from Chennai to ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: People on the Train from Chennai to Pondicherry
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Pondicherry India Tourism: People on the Train from Chennai to Pondicherry

This video provides just a brief snapshot of the social situation on an Indian train from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2016. We were on this train for almost 5 hours, and we enjoyed every minute when there weren't as many passengers (while still trying to observe the unique social environment the rest of the time). We had booked a taxi to take us from Pondicherry back to Chennai instead of taking the train ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Jennifer on Clothes and Not Sad Kid
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Jennifer on Clothes and Not Sad Kid

On the train from Chennai to Pondicherry, we saw a lot of things out the train window. In this video, Jennifer expresses some of her thoughts on women's clothing and other passengers on the train.Related Posts:Pondicherry India Tourism: Lost in Translation with John (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: People on the Train from Chennai to Pondicherry (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to ...
Chennai Tourism: Waiting for a Taxi at 5am in Chennai
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Chennai Tourism: Waiting for a Taxi at 5am in Chennai

While waiting at 5am for a taxi to take us to the Egmore train station in Chennai for our trip to Pondicherry, we interacted with a thin (but sweet) black puppy outside our vacation rental.Related Posts:Pondicherry India Tourism: Lost in Translation with John (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to Pondicherry Train (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: Auroville (video)Chennai, India ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Lost in Translation with John
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Lost in Translation with John

We visited southern India in August 2016. While taking a taxi from Pondicherry back to Chennai, John had an interesting (but barely intelligible) conversation with our taxi driver. Poor John always gets stuck in these sorts of strange people situations...Related Posts:Pondicherry India Tourism: Auroville (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to Pondicherry Train (video)Chennai Tourism: ...
Teenage Girls Leads Us Through the Tibetan Children’s Village
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Teenage Girls Leads Us Through the Tibetan Children’s Village

In this video, a 15 year old girl walks us through the Tibetan Children's Village toward the sponsorship office.Related Posts:Mcleodganj: Tibetan Girl Directs Us Through the Tibetan Children's Village (video)Mcleodganj: Entrance to the Tibetan Children’s Village (video)Mcleodganj: Entrance to the Tibetan Children’s Village Part II (video)A Visit to the Tibetan Children's Village in ...
Tibetan Children’s Village Soccer Game
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Tibetan Children’s Village Soccer Game

This video is a short clip of a soccer game at the Tibetan Children's Village in Mcleodganj. In this video, Tibetan children play with a few Buddhist monks who come down from the mountain just to play.The Tibetan Children's Village is a boarding school for refugee Tibetan children. To donate, visit http://www.tcv.org.in/donation.Related Posts:Mcleodganj: Tibetan Girl Directs Us Through the ...
Indian Hotels: Where to Stay in Mcleodganj
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Indian Hotels: Where to Stay in Mcleodganj

In this video, our family talks about the hotels we'd seen and experienced first-hand in Mcleodganj. When we first arrived in Naddi Village (near Mcleodganj), we stayed in a pre-booked vacation rental, which turned out to be a nightmare. The next day, after sleeping on molding beds and pillows, we walked downhill to find a new place to stay and ended up at the Asian Health Resorts and Spa. This video shows ...
Jennifer Talks about Singing Bowls in India
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Jennifer Talks about Singing Bowls in India

In this video, Jennifer talks about her experience with the singing bowls in Mcleodganj and why she decided not to buy one.Related Posts:Mcleodganj: How to Use a Singing Bowl (video)

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Parade Near Dharamshala
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Parade Near Dharamshala

On our way down the mountain from Nadi Village and McLeod Ganj to Dharmsala, we saw this Indian parade of students from a local school. The taxi driver said they were chanting, "India". I'm not sure what the purpose was of this parade or where the students were going, but it was entertaining to watch them pass by while we were stuck in traffic near Dharmsala.Related Posts:The Dharamsala Airport ...
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