Twoandahalfweeks in India – back in Germany

One week has passed since we left India and turned back to Europe. One week where the daily life here in Germany has re-started. Eastern. Brunch with the family. Food in all variations. Crowded supermarkets. Chocolate invasion. The streets here: somehow too clean and somehow … empty. Maybe they have cleaned up during the last…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – a day at TNAU and the milky mushrooms

One of the things that will remain in my mind is the milky mushroom production we have seen during our stay at the Tamil Nadu Agriculture university (TNAU) in Coimbatore. The TNAU focuses on Agricultural Education and Research and supports the State Agricultural Department by delivering research products. When we arrived at the university our…

The coconut tree climber and a curious thing (video)

During our visit to the Tamil Nadu agricultural university (TNAU) we learnt that coconut harvesting can be dangerous. Not just because coconuts can fall on your head… Traditionally, for climbing up and picking the coconuts, people use just ropes and cords. But the TNAU has developped a curious harvesting aid. Related material: Learn more about…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – tribal dance (video)

I have taken this video during the stay at the tribal village in Tamil Nadu, India. The lady is 75 years old. Unbelievable how she moves and spreads energy … Without doubt, that is my video of the month in April 2014: By the way: It is the same old lady who made me eat…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – beautiful decadent backwaters tour

Alleppi is a small town and the starting point for our backwaters tour in Kerala. ‘A tour you should not miss’ – that’s how travel guides describe it. It is one of our last days here in India. After having visited many projects in rural and tribal villages, explored Indian ways of life from Mumbai…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – Cochin, Chinese Fishing Nets and waste

Cochin has some interesting traditions, buildings and Chinese fishing nets to offer. Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the region of Kerala. It has had strategic importance over the centuries and is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. The Arabs, British,…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – from Coimbatore to Cochin by train

It is 4.20 hrs am when we leave our KKSD training center where we stayed the last days. A beautiful location, just half an hour away from Coimbatore. Our next destination is Cochin – by train. Whoever had been to India and seen trains passing by knows that this is an adventure – included into…