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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 ...
Buses in Chennai, India
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Buses in Chennai, India

Taking a bus in Chennai, India is easy. Bus stops are easy to identify, though each one looks a little different from the next. Most are located under an awning of some kind. Some have benches, some do not.

It can get pretty hot on the bus in the middle of the day when it fills to capacity, but that shouldn’t discourage you. The windows and doors remain open and so there’s usually a bit ...
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