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It was a cold, snowy, early morning in Heathrow that I set off on my adventure. Having had a teary sending off from Katie and still suffering mildly with a hangover from my leaving bash (thanks everyone again - was an amazing night), I hopped on a flight to Chennai. A little while later, a five hour wait at the airport and a short flight to Port Blair, and I was there - in the little cluster of islands that resemble Jurrasic Park meets Lost. I had landed in picture perfect paradise.
I was very lucky and met a lovely group of people in Port Blair (Siobhan, Eddy, Nikee, Justin, Rina, Pontus and Theo) who I ended up travelling on and staying with for the whole trip to Havelock Island (Beach number 3).
I say paradise - my first experience of my new 'home' and haven on the beach, was to find a mouse AND a cockroach inhabiting my pillow... not so great, but (as I was continually told after) "you are in the tropics"... still, that may be, but I'd rather not have Mickey Mouse keeping me company of a night time...
The days were filled with jungle treks to far off beaches, searching for elephants, cycling round the island on vintage dutch-style bikes, crawling to the beach at the end of our huts and lying, chai chai chai, snorkelling and eating the most amazing fish and picking live crabs to eat.
Another short stop in Port Blair and I was heading back to Chennai - on to the next chapter of the adventure.... will keep you posted!
A few things I had forgotten about the India though - the Indian fascination with us Westerners (particular as pastey white as I was and blonde!) - it's hard not to find it invasive when you're sat on a plane, in a train station - anywhere, and you suddenly become aware that someone if filming you, taking pictures of you - or that their mates are slowly edging towards you so they can get a shot of them near you.
I'm really sorry, but I can't seem to get my photos downloaded just yet - I know you're all dying to see this place whilst you're sat there back in the snow, on your way to work and picking up some milk at Tesco... so that can wait for another day perhaps.
For now - I am off to find chai whilst avoiding being run down my the crazy tuk tuks...
Lots of love home,