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Staying connected while on the road - GPRS - DSL - WIFI - Satellite - Dialup internet service
Saturday, 26 May 2007
For most overland travellers the Internet is not an unknown facility. In fact most use it for staying in touch, get info or update travel websites. On long overland journeys it’s not always that easy to have all that on the whole journey. Besides that there is so much other stuff during the journey taking loads of time already. Finding reasonable fast and stable internet can be a pain, specially when you need it for publishing pictures have a Skype phone call or just look for info like visa’s. And when you find it, you’ll find yourself in a hot dusty room packed with people using the inevitable virus infected Windows PC’s to do their stuff. And for those with laptops? Well who’s been there probably knows what coming. The chaotic process of getting it connected with everyone looking at you and your laptop. This while trying to sit in a space where there’s hardly any space left for a laptop, a laptop bag and you trying to fiddle with it. Welcome to the Internet – now surf away!

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Looking back :: Indian Supermarket rise
Saturday, 26 May 2007
During our daily search for food in India we’ve been in and out a lot of small grocery / general stores. In all it takes quite a while before we find most of the things we need. However in Amritsar, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Agra we’ve come across  supermarkets based on the “one-stop-shop” concept in the West. Big Bazaar, Vishal, Reliance Fresh to name a few now emerging in India. This kind of shopping is much more easier, fixed prices, cleaner, faster shopping and a bigger assortment. And it seems the average middle-class Indians appreciates this kind of shopping too. However this development is pretty bad news for the small grocery / general store in the cities of India.
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4 weeks in Pokhara
Friday, 04 May 2007
Arriving in Pokhara was sort of a deja-vue – we’ve been in Pokhara before in 1998. First impressions? Wow a lot of new buildings, asphalt road from Campsite Chowk to damside and a clean streets!  The tourist scene has expanded considerable – north of Campsite Chowk we remember only a few buildings, now it’s dotted with shops, restaurants and hotels. Pokhara is where we stayed for a week after 19 days on the Annapurna trail – now we arrived after 340 days and a lot of Km’s. We parked at the public campsite near Campsite Chowk – and to our surprise a few other motorized travellers!  It’s a small world indeed – overland travel seems to be like that.
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Roaddays from west terai to Pokhara
Sunday, 01 April 2007
After more than a week in Nepal we arrived in Pokhara coming from the west border crossing at Mahendranagar. A total of 4 days on Nepali roads, the rest we spend just relaxing at Bardia National Park. With Incredible India fresh on our minds the days on the road in Nepal came as a very comfortable experience. Our intensely trained reflex to blow horn, flash lights, scan for suicidal drivers, emergency manoeuvres and curse hard suddenly became totally pointless. There is no need for all this in Nepal, this is not India. Put differently, the combination of Indian roads and it’s deadly suicidal traffic is an extreme and brutal experience. Driving into Nepal is like coming from a bloody road war  into a peaceful and relaxing country in a mental state of Rambo – first blood. The first stretch in Nepali we drove in a confusing state of mind – hand on the horn waiting for total annihilation by the suicidal Indian truck or bus driver. Namasté! - Peace man - Nepal has arrived on you –

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The road to Nepal - West Terai - Bardia National Park - Nepalganj
Sunday, 11 March 2007
Coming from Rajasthan we planned a few days in Agra to see the Taj Mahal and to hide for the Holi festival. Agra in in Uttar Pradesh, the most populated state in India. It’s just over the state border with about 2 million people. As usual we arrived in total chaos. Just before entering the city we were greeted by a detour through a busy bazaar area packed with people in very narrow long endless streets. It’s a miracle we got through without ripping electricity cables, crashing merchandise, crushing bicycles, rickshaws and people. But Agra is tourist tout heaven – this is where the real tourist haggler learns the trade – with the Taj Mahal and the Agra fort as the main play area. With Nepal on our minds we decided to make it the last stop in India before heading for Pokhara.
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