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A little description of a travel from Coimbatore via Mettupalayam to Ooty… with the famous “blue mountain railways”- toytrain, the “Nilgiri Express” or “Nilgiri Mountain Railway”.
It was actually quite a nice day, this 9th of August 2008. Well, or I guessed it would be - when I got up at four (yes, AM!) to pack […]

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Here they are, a few pictures of Mysore palace - at night. Well, at a special night, because only on sundays and holidays the palace in illuminated at night - for one and a half hours or so. 5000 light bulbs burn and well, attract tourists. And somehow Mysore seems to like it’s tourist (which […]

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Somehow I had to go to Coimbatore. It’s nearly the only way to get to the famous “toytrain” up the Indian “ghats”. The “ghats” is a stripe of mountains in South India, about at the borderline between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. And Coimbatore, by the way, is just 12 km away from Kerala, so right […]

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A high-speed Trichy-tour.

Somehow Trichy didn’t like me and therefore I thought I would not like Trichy. And no, the reason is not the totally unspeakable and totally not-used actual name of Tiruchirappalli.
The reason is more that somehow all hotels seemed to be full. I called nearly all those that were mentioned in my guides - one day […]

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Ok, this time I will really make it short for not torturing everybody out there… cause I’m already somewhere else and I lost my memory somewhere in the mountains…
After Puducherry I took an early morning (11AM ) bus to Chidambaram, about two hours later the conductor suddenly shaked me and made clear that I […]

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And so she just stole my shoes…

I left Chennai via the Mofussil bus stand: “the biggest and busiest bus stand in south-east asia” as one guide describes it. Used to the Indian semi-chaos I expected the worst but was surprised to find a huge but very well organised place. Easy to get away…
… for a daytrip to Vellore. Famous for a […]

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Yes, I am talking about torture, but no, I’m not talking about brainwashing - Goenka (the teacher) calls it “purification of the mind” - for me that’s a brain-laundry… so, but anyway - I was not allowed to write for ten days, so now it’s time to write a long long article… but as a […]

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This is part of a series, please start with the main article.
Actually there are many factors why I got this impression. First of all, there were many posters propagating the “Great Vipassana Pagoda” which would allow a perfect meditation in unison with the universe or so… Second: The “Dhamma workers” - former students who volunteerly work […]

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The last part (”as it is”) got annoying because it was repeated several times every day of the course. But the message is easy to get - if you get it: don’t change what you see! Watch the respiration, but don’t change it - […]

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Actually the days where most people want or do quit are the second and sixth day. But for me it was the third. It was not a real reason, I just felt like the whole thing was useless, Goenka kept annoying me (and later I […]

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