Back from India

I just made it back to Singapore a few days ago after one week of backpacking around India with Jackson Tse and Katie Morehead. I never expected to ever go to India but, nonetheless, it was an amazing opportunity to learn more about the appealing Indian society, culture and history. I am very happy with what we have accomplished during our little trip!

To mention a few of the places we visited:

  • Trivandrum and Cochin in the state of Kerala
  • Mysore and Bangalore in the state of Karnataka
  • Maharaja’s Palace in Mysore (stunning!)
  • Chamundi Temple in Mysore
  • Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum
  • Trivandrum Zoo
  • Kathakali Dance Concert
  • Kovalam Beach
  • Bangalore University
  • Psmup Public School in Trivandrum and another public school in Cochin
  • A Muslim Orphanage in Cochin
  • A technology park in Bangalore (where the Google office is located)

Some “side accomplishments":

  • Bathed some elephants with a coconut.
  • Bought and distributed pens and biscuits to students at Psmup Public School.
  • Tried some street food - I can’t remember the name of the dish but it was, more or less, fried chicken skin.
  • Rode an overnight train from Trivandrum to Cochin (had a great conversation with a few Indians on the train).
  • Rode a sleeper class train from Mysore to Bangalore! This is the lowest and cheapest class in Indian trains.
  • Took two domestic flights (from Cochin to Bangalore and from Bangalore to Trivandrum).
  • BONUS - Got pickpocketed!

It was quite interesting to compare and contrast India, Egypt and other places I have seen. Hopefully I’ll have the time to write about some of this in the near future.