Port Blair and the Andamans

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January 8, 2007
Hotel: Fortune Park Bay Island
Not much went on today.  We had an early breakfast before walking down to the beach for the last time.  We noticed some oddly shaped tracks in the sand and I realized that they were turtle tracks!  The moon was just past full and turtles must had just been nesting the previous night!  Unfortunately the stray dogs had already discovered the nest and had dug up several eggs. :(  Our tuk-tuk was waiting for us as we checked out of the hotel and we went to the jetty to pick up our tickets.  It was a bit of a chaotic scene, eventually someone just handed us some tickets (again with someone elses names on them).  We were going back to Port Blair on the Jolly Buoy boat, this time we found the downstairs room which had reclining seats and was less busy.  We arrived back at the Fortune hotel around 1 PM.  We were going to Bahrain the next day and desperately needed to get laundry done, so we dropped ours off before heading to lunch.  The hotel buffet was mobbed with a conference.  It was worth the wait, the food was good and they had halwah, a sweet made from carrots, butter and sugar.  Yummy with ice cream.  We mainly hung around the hotel all afternoon.

January 9, 2007
Flight: Port Blair to Chennai, Jet Airways 9W 614, economy
We had a few hours to kill this morning before our flight left back to Chennai.  We decided to go visit the Anthropology museum in Port Blair, it was supposed to have a good overview of some of the local tribes that lived in the islands.  We caught a tuk-tuk from our hotel, but he didn't understand very well and we ended up at the Naval museum instead.  We weren't interested in that and finally he was able to find the right place.  The museum (Rs50) was just Ok, it had three floors about the history of the islands and exhibits on local handicrafts, spears, musical instruments, etc.  The Andamans have quite a diverse tribal population, some tribes have African ancestry, others are Asian.  The Indian government tries to protect the tribal areas, they are difficult to get to or off limits altogether.  Some of the tribes only have 10-40 people remaining, they will most likely not survive.  We caught another tuk-tuk back to the hotel where our laundry was finally ready.  Soon it was time to say goodbye to the Andamans as we headed back to the airport.  I had checked in online again, so all we had to do was drop off the bags before going through security, we had to surrender our permits and get our passports stamped again.  The Jet Airways flight was completely full in econ, and quite a few in biz class as well.  This time they wouldn't let us move up front. :)  Once we arrived in Chennai, I went to collect out bags from left luggage before our connecting flight to Delhi.

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