Holy Cow, it’s Pongal time!

During our time in the Yelagiri Hills we got to know a local family Sathiya and Parimala quite well (mainly through Parimala being very patient with us and teaching us how to cook). We were offered an amazing opportunity to visit Parimala’s village and stay with her family during the festival of Pongal which we … Continue reading Holy Cow, it’s Pongal time!

WorkAway, Yelagiri Hills: The Rise of the Roti King

For anybody that doesn’t know, WorkAway is a platform that brings together volunteers and hosts from all around the world. It’s a bit like a dating website where you write a profile about yourself and the host writes about their place and the kind of work they need help with. If you get a match, … Continue reading WorkAway, Yelagiri Hills: The Rise of the Roti King

Auroville Part 1: The Mother, Matrimandir and Marvellous Eats

Mural in the Visitor's Centre, Auroville Vaṇakkam! (Hello in Tamil, the local language) After another cosy flight on Spice(y) Jet, we had our first terrifying taxi ride on the way to Auroville. We stupidly said to take the roads without tolls because we didn’t want to pay the extra 200₹ (Jack was being tight), and … Continue reading Auroville Part 1: The Mother, Matrimandir and Marvellous Eats

Animal Rescue Centre (ARC), Palolem, South Goa – B-arc, B-arc!

If you haven’t been to India before, it may be hard to imagine how many stray dogs (and other animals for that matter) there are on the streets left to fend for themselves. Combine this with their treacherous roads, sketchy driving and crashes, it soon makes it easy to realise just how many dogs are … Continue reading Animal Rescue Centre (ARC), Palolem, South Goa – B-arc, B-arc!

Pa-la-la-lo-lem, Pa-la-la-lo-lem – the Inner Circle of Palolem (it’s a song…we think)

After a very quick flight on Spice(y) Jet (the Indian version of Sleazy Jet with older planes and tiny seats!), we landed at Goa airport. We had pre-booked a taxi through our friendly Air BnB hosts who greeted us at the airport with our names on the sign (it felt very Westernised!). The 2 hour … Continue reading Pa-la-la-lo-lem, Pa-la-la-lo-lem – the Inner Circle of Palolem (it’s a song…we think)