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So, it’s my first real day here in India. I’m in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. I had about 4 hours sleep from when we landed. We got up and went around town with a driver, and Dr. V’s wife’s nephew, Rom, who was our guide.
First off…NEVER drive in India, just don’t. Not worth your life. Imagine if Americans, Particularly Pittsburgh Americans decided that road laws were “guidelines” or even less, a suggestion. If drivers weren’t as talented as they were. We’d be dead (and yes my dear, we’re fine, I’m fine, we’re all fine!). Not to mention, you add every other vehicle is a three wheels motor taxi, and every other vehicle after that is a motorcycle.
For example: We flipped a U in a break in the wall, and I was on the Passenger side, front seat: this was oncoming traffic:
Later I saw the cows, and the goats. Oh, and I loved the picture of the woman carrying her 3 yo on the back of the bike. I’d never be able to do that at home, I’d be disowned.
Now you may or may not remember that Cows(and goats by some kind of extension) are holy to the Hindu, so there are these random cows and goats, that do not belong to anyone in particular that wonder around.
So, our first destination was a couple temples in the area, Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Chennai, a beautiful temple of Shiva with many other gods associated with it inside. We weren’t aloud to take pictures inside, so just a few outside shops.
Later we went to the Shore Temple one of the oldest temples in this area, built a LONG time ago. I have to go get on the train, so I’ll write more later, and update this post.