Off to Tamil Nadu

Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 11:00 (UTC+0530)

On this morning after a tiring final week of work, and shipping away boxes full of belongings, Karen would have loved to sleep in late and have coffee brought to her in bed.  But, alas, it was not to be. We were off on another adventure!

Being so close to the south of India, we decided to spend a week exploring the region known as Tamil Nadu. The flight to Chennai (formerly Madras) would take only ninety minutes. But our actual travel time would be some eight hours. First on a standing-room-only "express" train that, for some reason, made almost every stop. Then an hour in a "Pick Me" car to the airport.  And then the extra levels of security checks at Colombo airport.

So it was sunset by the time we landed. Luckily we had opted to ask our hotel in Mamallapuram for an airport pickup: it was another couple hours of travel in traffic to get to our lodgings. By that time we could hardly think anymore. We suffered through the (very Indian) bureaucratic process of obtaining SIM cards for our mobile phones, greatly aided by our driver Pattabi.  We were pretty much zombies after that. But it felt very good to be here and we slept soundly.