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!
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
Pondicherry (officially known as Puducherry) is a former French colonised city which has since been subdivided into the White Town (French part with fabulous architecture and leafy streets) and the Indian part separated by a very smelly canal. "Watch more sunsets than Netflix" Like the budget travellers we are, we were trying to look for … Continue reading Pondicherry: a City of Firsts
Here’s a snapshot of the time we spent in Sadhana Forest and Solitude Farm, two very different places which shared the same ethos: nature knows best. Sadhana forest Sadhana Forest was a strange place; set up to try and reclaim some of the land that had been deforested around Pondicherry. Still technically part of Auroville, … Continue reading Auroville Part 3: Back to Basics at Sadhana Forest & Solitude Farm
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