Jaipur, India. January 2014

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A drive from Kushalnagar to Bangalore’s airport took 6 hours and, because our car broke in the middle of the city, we sadly weren’t able to meet up with Kunal, our Oxford classmate. We arrived just in time to catch our flights; I was going to Jaipur and Dimitris was heading back to Delhi. After spending 2 weeks together, exploring, learning and struggling through India, it was time for us to say goodbyes. I knew, Dimitris didn’t like India because of many reasons, but I also knew that my own trials and tribulations were about to begin. Traveling in India alone is equal to being in a war zone, where …

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Mysore and Bylakuppe, India. January 2014.

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December 31. Dimitris and I wished to stay in Mumbai for an extra day and celebrate the start of 2014 at the Taj Mahal Palace’s NYE’s Gala, but at the same time, we were eager to continue south and attend the teachings of the HH Dalai Lama in Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe. Our flight was at 6 am via Chennai. We arrived to Mysore at 11.30 am and hurried to see Amba Vilas (Mysore Palace), before driving to Bylakuppe. The name Mysore is an anglicized version of Mahishuru which means the adobe of Mahisha (Mahishasura), a mythological demon that could assume the form of both human and buffalo. According to …

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