Delhi, India: A Feast for the Senses! – by Barb

Delhi is a very busy, noisy, and incredibly polluted city – the most polluted city in the world. When you fly into it, you can’t even see the airport as you are taxiing down the runway! We only planned to stay a few days – enough time to travel from there to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and still get a quick “taste” of the city. I have to say, though, I loved it for the short time we were there! Yes, my sinuses ended up getting plugged up and I left Delhi with a cold, but this to me felt like the “real” India! Chennai and Kerala were lovely but not nearly as chaotic as I had expected. I can see why so many people in India travel to Kerala for holiday – it is a slower-paced, quiet, agricultural state. On the other hand, we stayed right in the centre of New Delhi and when you stepped out of our hotel, you had to keep your eyes open! Usually they were loading some kind of aluminum product onto carts or donkeys. There were rickshaws flying past, and cars were still trying to navigate their way through the already jam-packed alleyway!






People would spot us from what seemed like miles away and come and try to sell us something or take us somewhere. We weren’t sure if they were being friendly or trying to make a few rupees by offering us their assistance. Surprisingly we didn’t encounter huge numbers of beggars. Yes, there was the little boy, who looked no more than 2, who tugged on Clay’s sweater and wouldn’t let go. There was the mother who kept shoving her baby in our faces and said she needed to feed him – but it wasn’t constant. And they would leave us alone if we consistently said no. I had told the boys to be ready because I had heard stories of people being followed by beggars and they would wait outside stores and restaurants for them, and continue to follow them again. We did not experience that.DSCF1841


What we did see were hard working people: some sewing on the side of the road, others cooking bread and setting up little stands to make a few rupees, and still others hoping for a ride or two on their rickshaw as they pedaled hard, often carrying hundreds of pounds on the backs of their bicycles through the chaotic streets.


DSCF1828And through all of this the boys made no fuss. None. I don’t think anything phases them at thisDSCF1845 point. They have learned to jump out of the way when walking down the street – especially if there are animals heading their way. They know just the right time to grab our hands, so that they stay close and safe. They have learned that it is OK to nod your head and smile at strangers, as long as they don’t start asking probing questions. I am extremely impressed with how they just go with the flow and they trust us. They trust that we will keep them safe and that this whole experience will work out OK. As long as we don’t keep packing up and moving every couple of days – as long as we give them time to just “be” and to have some down time, they are happy to go along with whatever our travels may bring. I feel very fortunate that we have such easy travelers!

Delhi, India: Slum Tour – by Clay

No trip to India is complete without a visit to the capitol of New Delhi but what is the best way to see the city when you have a very short stay? There are, without a doubt, more travel and tour companies per square metre in New Delhi than any other city in the world. This is just my impression and not based on any formal poll or statistic but it seemed that everyone either was, or had a relation of some sort that was a guide or tour operator. Thankfully, Barb – being the organized planner that she is – had looked online weeks ago to suss out some of the more reputable and Trip Advisor-worthy ones. In the end, she settled on a tour group that offered a different take on the whole sightseeing industry. Reality Tours & Travel offered a tour to parts of New Delhi that I’m sure no other tour company does and it was probably the one of the most immersive and eye-opening experiences that we’ve had in our travels. To maintain the dignity and respect for the people we would meet photography was not permitted. All of the following pictures (save one) are the property of  Reality Tours & Travels and are used by permission.

The day began with us meeting meeting our contact, Vivek, at the Connaught Place metro station where he accompanied and guided us through the metro system to another station quite removed from the centre of New Delhi. Once there we met with our guide Ravi who explained that the purpose of our tour was to see how life was like in the slums of New Delhi – Sanjay Colony, in particular. As we left the station and exited through the gates to Sanjay it was like stepping into another world. Gone were the well swept sidewalks and high-end shops of Connaught Place to be replaced with litter scattered everywhere along the pothole riddled roads. One of the first sights to greet us were large, multi-floor buildings that were clothing factories. Many of the men in the colony worked at one of the several factories. Surrounding the factories were the two- or three-level structures that served as housing for these men and their families. We learned that all of the land in this colony is owned by the government yet these houses have been illegally built. The government doesn’t really do anything about it (the exception being that incident in 2010 where they displaced thousands of slum dwellers and razed their homes in an effort to hide certain social strata during the Commonwealth Games India was hosting that year).

We walked along a street that was piled waist-high with, what I thought was, garbage until Ravi explained that the clothing factories dispose of their cloth leftovers and remnants and the people (mostly women) sort through all of it according to size, colour, and fabric type. They take these pieces, turn around and sell it back to the factories ( a different one than the one that pitched the remnants in the first place) to be used for other clothing production.


As we wound our way through the narrow and twisting passageways a feeling of trepidation began to gnaw at me. What if we got lost? How would we find each other if we became separated? Would dinner be delayed?


Ravi and Vivek, however, led us confidently through the dim, corridor-like streets pausing briefly now and again to greet various locals who quite obviously knew them as well. We eventually came to an NGO (Non-Government Organization) centre that offered help with school work, provided art lessons, computer classes, and life/social interaction skills development. It was also a place to practice English. We learned that Reality Tours gives 80% of the tour proceeds back to the community by funding education through this NGO.


We continued our tour and I began to see this slum for the community that it was – a busy, thriving, family-oriented place that looked out for each other. And friendly to outsiders as well. There were several calls of “Namaste” and handshakes as we walked the streets. At one point we were being followed by several small children all chirping “Hi” and “Hello” to hear our response. I must have said hello to each child about 17 times. Here was a small shop selling bottled water and snacks, down that alley was a barbershop, over there was a doctor’s kiosk.


We came to a Hindu temple that was dedicated to Shiva, the Destroyer. Ravi said that this temple was often frequented by girls and young women on Mondays. I couldn’t understand why a god called “the Destroyer” was so popular but apparently Shiva was considered incredibly handsome so all the girls prayed for husbands like Shiva at the beginning of the week.


The tree growing in the centre of the “courtyard” is a peepal tree (ficus religiosa) which purportedly releases the most oxygen of all trees during the day. It’s kind of hard to see in this picture but the red bell is hanging from one of its (out of frame) branches.

We entered a building and Ravi led us up several flights of stairs until we reached the roof. From there we could see where we started and he pointed out several rooftop landmarks of the places we’d been earlier. It was a great view but not one that would help you at street level.


That same building housed a small “office space” that was maintained by Reality Tours. It was roughly 6’x8’ with benches lining the walls and one electrical outlet that powered the lightbulb and a small fan.


Ravi (on the far right) explained that this was a typical space for a family to live in the slum. Caleb and Connor thought it would be a little cramped for us to live in that space!

While our intent was to show the boys how life can be different for children in other parts of the world this experience was equally rewarding for Barb and I as it gave us a glimpse of another culture and an appreciation of our lives in Canada.



Alleppey, India: Relaxing! – by Connor

A few days after arriving n Kerala, we went to the main canal in Alleppey. We found many boats that would take you for a ride through the backwaters, but none of them sold a good deal. Finally, we found an old man and he had the best deal. The next day we came back to his boat and went through all of the small canals. We went under bridges that none of the other bigger boats could go through. All we had to do was relax and enjoy the scenery.


When we got back it was an hour later than we had expected, because our boat was the tiniest bit too big to fit under one of the bridges. We had even tried all of us moving to the very front tip of the boat and pushing under the bridge to get it to fit, but no luck! We ended up having to take a different route that our driver said would take a little bit longer. We got out of the boat and the man asked for more money. All we could do was walk away because we had none. The experience was very good but don’t go if your children are under six years old.

Kerala, India: A Week Around Kerla – by Barb

Usually when booking our travels, I try to plan places to stay for about a week. That way we don’t feel like we are constantly on the move. We have time to unpack our bags and get to know the area a little bit. Of course, this wasn’t the case in Australia, when we had the camper van but that was a different situation. Kerala was also a bit different. From everything I had read, Kerala is a beautiful state in India and one that everyone wants to visit. In fact it was a challenge to find budget accommodation there over the Christmas holiday as it is obviously popular at that time. From my reading though, it sounded as though each of the towns in Kerala has something interesting to see or do but you don’t really need to spend a long time there as the towns are quite small. So, I decided we would travel to 4 different towns, staying 2 nights in each. While it did turn out that the towns were small enough to see in a couple of days, traveling between towns, on windy switch back roads for 6 hours every two days did not turn out to be the most fun we have had during our travels! Poor Caleb went through many a sick bag and although I was not physically ill I didn’t feel much better than he did!

Our motion sickness woes aside, we did manage to see some amazing sights in Kerala. We began in Cochin, which is best known for the Chinese fishing nets that dot its shores. It was fascinating to watch these nets. They are set up on bamboo and teak poles and held horizontally by huge mechanisms, which lower them into the sea. They look somewhat like hammocks and are counter-weighed by large stones tied to ropes.



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We stood out like sore thumbs in Cochin (as we did in all of India!) and lots of tuk tuk drivers wanted to take us to shops. You see, they will take you there for free and then they get a commission if you buy something. We did fall prey to one such driver and ended up spending about an hour at a craft shop, with a very convincing sales man!

I had heard great things about the Kathakali Dance Show so we decided we’d go there one evening. They suggested you could arrive an hour early and learn how to apply the make up. The show was supposed to give you an explanation about how the dance is done, including the various facial movements. We needed to grab something to eat so we only managed to arrive ½ hour before the show began…..thank heavens! The two guys were just sitting on stage applying their makeup, so it was like sitting and watching someone getting ready in the morning! Not too interesting for any more than 5 or 10 minutes! But Clay got some good pictures.

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When the show finally began, they had the main character come out and sit on a chair and then they showed us how his eyes move to express different moods…….not just 2 or 3 examples but how his eyes move for about 50 different expressions. Oh my goodness! Then the story began. We had read in the program that it was supposed to end with the killing of the king. Well, at one point I leaned over and said to Caleb, “Just kill him already!!” It took forever! Interesting? Yes! But about an hour too long!


Watching the eye gestures:


Nearing the end of the show!



We stayed at a lovely guest house in Cochin. The owner kept it spotlessly clean and was very helpful. He helped us arrange transportation to our next town and his wife cooked us a delicious Kerala breakfast.

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Before leaving Cochin we stopped at an organic spice shop (I think it might have been owned by our driver’s cousin because he was very insistent we have a look!). We did get some cashews for the trip, which turned out to be good to have since we didn’t stop for lunch.

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We also stopped to see a local laundry facility. The driver wanted us to stop at various other shops but by this point we had learned to be a little more assertive when he asked and replied with a firm “no thank you”!

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Our accommodation in Alleppey began a trend that we were to see throughout our time in Kerala. I had found the best budget accommodation I could. We aim for places that are clean (relatively) have wifi and are in a good location. It would seem that when you get these things, it does not imply that you will also have….sheets, toilet paper, and/or a shower. I’m not sure what people usually do without sheets on beds but we were happy to finally get some good use out of the sleep sacks we had brought along on our journey! We had also already learned that even when you do get toilet paper in many places, the rolls are usually 1/10 the size of the ones we use back home, so we carry any extras with us just in case! So, we were “good to go” with our sparse rooms!

The highlight of Alleppey is the backwaters. You can take a houseboat and stay overnight on the canals (for a huge fee) or you can rent a shikara (covered boat) and go for several hours through much smaller canals to see the villages. We opted for the latter and spent five hours cruising out on the water. It was beautiful and we all enjoyed it. I brought a few books and some cards for the boys and they were happy to relax for several hours. Before we set out, we had to barter with our driver over the fee and finally agreed on 4 hours for 2200 Rps. He promised us he would take us on the tiniest canals where we would see several villages and that we would travel out one way and come back a different way. He kept his word: the canals got smaller and smaller, to the point that we were barely fitting under the bridges. Then we got to one that we definitely weren’t going to make it under! We all sat on the very front of the boat and pushed down but still no luck! We took off the cover on the top of the boat. Still no luck! We had to turn around and take a different route. He told us this would make the trip a little bit longer. Well, it took a whole extra hour to get back…..and yes, that meant he wanted more money! We will never know if this was just a scam to get more money or not but this time Clay held firm – a deal was a deal so we would not pay extra. He was not happy!

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After Alleppey we were off on a 6 hour horrific drive to Thekkady. After recovering from the drive the boys spent some time working on a new game they were designing. It was called Business Traveller and was a combination of Monopoly and Settlers. They were determined to get it finished so we could play it for New Year’s Eve! They had to take a break from their game work for a couple of hours though while we went to see a Kalaripayattu demonstration, with the hope that this would be a little more engaging than the Kathakali show we had seen a few nights prior! Kalaripayattu is the oldest Martial art, known as the mother of all martial arts. It originated in ancient South India.

We were not disappointed! The hour flew by and the whole time we were on the edges of our seats! I was worried I was going to end up with a spear or some other weapon in my eye, since we were in the front row overlooking the “ring” where the show took place. The boys were fascinated and were equally entertained by the martial arts as they were by my facial expressions of “ooh” and “aah” watching them and ducking when it looked like something was heading our direction!

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We walked home after the show and the boys worked for another 3 hours, determined to finish their game. We ended up staying up until 11:30 so we could play it for the first time!


The next morning after breakfast we were off to Periyar Tiger Reserve, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary. This reserve encompasses 777 sq km and includes a 26-sq-km artificial lake created by the British in 1895. The region is home to bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, over 1000 elephants and around 46 tigers. We met our guide, Sujeet beside the lake and took a bamboo raft across to the other side of the lake. We then spent the next 3 hours hiking through the reserve, tracking elephants, sloth bears, and hoping for the very rare sighting of a tiger! We found lots of droppings and saw the claw marks of leopards climbing up the trees to catch the monkeys. At one point our guide thought we were getting close to some elephants but with no luck, although it was obvious they had recently been in the clearing given the fresh footprints at the water’s edge. Still, I thought it was a great morning and we learned a lot about the flora and fauna in the area.

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It was time to hit the road again, this time off to the tea town of Munnar. Munnar was another gruelling car ride through the mountains. Our guest house was quite a ways out of town and was a challenge to find, since it was hidden in behind other buildings. Given that it had been so difficult to find a place to stay in Munnar, we were surprised that it looked like we were the only ones staying at the place. It was perched right on the side of the mountain, with each room several steps lower than the one above it. The views of the sunset were stunning. The room was sparse but adequate. We had blankets this time due to the colder temperatures up in the mountains but our bathroom vented onto the room of the housekeeper behind us. Whenever he smoked, it wafted into our bedroom!

Sprawling tea plantations surround the hills of Munnar and we were keen to learn more about how the tea is harvested in this area. We visited the tea museum and factory on the outskirts of town. Here they explained how the tea is grown, how it is picked, and how it is dried and packaged. There was also a video showing the history of the area. It was interesting to learn about but not quite as exciting as the ride on the tuk tuk to and from the factory!

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The next morning we were off again, back to Cochin. This time we were staying at a house outside of town. We were greeted by Dr. Joseph, who was happy to sit and chat for a while. He had a most interesting story to tell as we learned that he had been a doctor for Unicef and had traveled all around the world. He and his wife had purchased these 2 houses beside the river and were renting them out to guests. His wife enjoyed gardening and had planted various fruits and vegetables around the extensive property. Dr. Joseph made sure we had food to eat – ordering us some dinner that would arrive later that evening. He helped to arrange transportation to the airport for the following day and even asked his housekeeper to travel with us when we walked around the neighbourhood so we wouldn’t get lost (we told her we were OK on our own, but it was a nice gesture!). It was a beautiful, relaxing place to stay for our last night in Kerala.

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Chennai, India: Other Highlights – by Barb

Visiting the most “interesting” Government Museum (especially the children’s section – which is in desperate need of some updating!)

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Getting haircuts & Visiting the Dentist (another cleaning!)

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Lots of dog walking & visiting the local beach (you wouldn’t want to swim at this one)

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Splurging at Christmas and going for buffet lunch at the Marriott – complete with a visit from Santa!


Shopping at a couple of the malls & getting used to the “frisking”!


Chennai, India: Christmas Day in India – by Caleb

I’m going to start off this blog by saying, being a Christian is not exactly easy. However, being a Christian in India, is even harder. Being Christian in India, which is a country predominantly Hindu and trying to find an English speaking church to spend Christmas morning, now that is somewhat terrifying for whoever is in charge. And that, is what we went through. Sure, we got presents in the morning and had lots of fun, but we didn’t forget the truIMG_0721e meaning of Christmas. Thus, we went to church. For me, “church” was more like a rock concert with a guy yelling in between  songs! You’ve got the guy with the loonnngg black hair wailing on the electric guitar, the brother on bass, the other guy smashing on the drums shaking his head up and down, wondering about his chiropractor, and the lead singer. Apart from the different style of music and a pastor who was trying really hard to get his point across, it was almost the same as our church at home, Forestview. It was your typical service with music at the beginning and end, and the pastor in the middle. And that was pretty much it. If you’re still interested, look up “New Life Assembly, Chennai India” on your device. Overall we had a great Christmas Day and we left remembering what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.

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Chennai, India: Visiting an Orphanage – by Connor

The week leading up to Christmas we decided to visit an orphanage. When we arrived the kids were very shy and I was too. We brought a few games, like Spot It and I made a cootie catcher to bring as well. The kids got the hang of some of the ways to play SpotIMG_0404 It. All they did was match the colors though. I showed them how to make a cootie catcher. Some of them were pretty good at it. After doing some games it was almost time to go back home. We sang a few Christmas songs with them and left.


The next day we were going back to the orphanage but first we went to get more games for them. We went to the mall and bought Snakes and Ladders, UNO, and Jenga. We arrived at the orphanage and taught them how to play Snakes and Ladders first. Some of the kids then tried Jenga. Then we pulled out UNO and everybody played together. After that we split into groups. We had lots of fun playing with the kids but it was almost time to go. My dad brought his guitar and a speaker so it was time to use it. We sang a few Christmas songIMG_0412s to end the day. Then we said goodbye.

The next day we had a surprise for them. We had bought checkers, two balls, hot wheels cars, and another Spot It game. We went to the orphanage and started with the ball. We played a game where you bounce the ball and say the nIMG_0407ame of a person. The person whose name was called has to catch the ball before it bounces twice. They were good at it but we were not! Everyone knew each others’ names and we were clueless! Then we split into groups like before and played the games. We enjoyed the orphanage. It was nice since it was Christmas time and we could not have big presents because we are traveling so we were able to give presents to the children. They loved them. This was a great experience and I would recommend it as long as your children are old enough to have the patience needed to play with the children since their English is not strong.

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Chennai, India: Christmas is a Season for Giving – by Barb

Our friends took off to Europe for the Christmas holiday and kindly let us stay on for another week. We had to walk their two dogs every morning and night, which was great practice for the boys, since they are very keen to get a dog of their own.

We decided that it would be nice to give to others over the Christmas season, so I found a local orphanage that would let us come and play with the children. We did some “Christmas shopping” for the kids and wouldIMG_0390 visit each day and bring them some games to play with. (You can read more in Connor’s blog.) There were 26 children in one very small house, ages 5 – 21. They had been hit hard by the flooding and had lost everything on the bottom floor of the house. You could see the line where the water had come up to. One of the local churches had collected clothes so the children had something to wear. One woman and her family ran the orphanage. We appreciated that she was willing to let us come in and visit with the children. I’m sure it must have seemed kind of unusual – these strangers showing up out of nowhere wanting to come in and just spend time with them. The children seemed delighted to have company. They were shy at first but quickly warmed up once we started playing games with them. IMG_0391They spoke a few words of English and the older ones would help the younger ones. We just had to sit on the floor in the one room – as that was the only space they had. It was a bit crowded once all 26 of them came in, the room being only about 10 feet by 10 feet but we managed. The electricity would come on for a few minutes and then go out again so we tried to open the curtains wide enough to let in light so we could see.


The second day the children ran out to greet us. Clay brought his guitar so we could sing some songs with them as well. They knew a few Christmas carols IMG_0394in English (and Feliz Navidad!) and then they sang us some songs in Tamil. They seemed delighted with our gifts of games although it looked like they were going to be very well used very quickly! I think sharing among 26 children would be a challenge.

I was really pleased to see our two boys willing to ‘give’ at Christmas, rather than receiving. I know they still secretly hoped that they might get a little something (and yes, Santa did manage to leave a few tiny trinkets in their stockings in Chennai) but they could see how important it was to think of others. IMG_0398Clearly these children had very, very little and the boys were happy to go shopping for them and put their own “wants” aside.

Chennai, India: Dizzee World – by Caleb

Staying with our friends in India gave us a great opportunity to branch out and see more of Chennai, using their house as home base. One of the attractions we had heard about and had passed multiple times was an amusement park called Dizzee World. We kind of found the name a bit humorous due to the fact it sounded a lot like Disney World back home and we thought that they probably, purposely called the park Dizzee world because it sounded similar. However, it looked fun and considering it was the middle of a school day, and like, 35 degrees, we figured it might be a good time to go because no one would be there.

The two kinds of tickets you could get were jumbo fun, or mega fun, which wouldn’t be a good name for a ticket if someone didn’t have fun. Mega fun being the better one (yet more pricey). We took two mega fun passes and two jumbo fun passes. Unfortunately, we all were considered adults because we were way over the height limit, kinda like Canada’s wonderland where have to be two feet to be half price.


Since it was like twelve noon and the hottest it was going to get, lunch was the best idea yet. However, if I hadn’t said already, this is India, thus the curries were spicy. We enjoyed the naan bread but still came out of the restaurant (if you could call it that) with our mouths on fire after just one bite of the curry. And the fun was just starting up. We walked around the park to see the rides and other stuff and the park just looked downright sad. Pathetic! Not including the staff, the four of us made up about 80% of the population of the park. All the staff were just sitting in their booths just waiting for us to come to their rides. They must have had walkie talkies cause they just perked right up when their boss alerted them that they had four customers.

Going back to the place we had lunch, we started there and went to the mirror maze. The maze was seriously just a path through a bunch of mirrors but we kept bumping into things. Mostly mirrors. However, they DSCF1630put up just one statue of a zombie and we freaked out cause it appeared on every single side of us which was mildly creepy. Yet, after going through the path of mirrors, we exited into another room which had mirrors on the floor, so it looked like you were going to fall for eternity. Finally, we entered the last room which had a vortex in it. The vortex was a big tube with a path leading through it. The tube spun around and when you walked through the path, you felt like you were going to fall because you felt like you were upside-down, when in reality, you were just walking across the path. We made it out in one piece and then went on to the other things to do in the park.


After a few carnival games, my dad and I went on to the biggest ride in the park, the roller coaster. It was really not that big. However, we have a big story to tell. First when we boarded the roller coaster, we tried to buckle up, which in itself was a difficulty. First, my dad nearly was squished the death by the fastener and it just wouDSCF1627ld go down far enough to lock into place, so we had to switch seats. My dad’s fastener locked in the right place this time but mine locked a foot out in front of me. I was going to ask for it to be tightened but off we went. Not good at all! Worst of all, the coaster went upside-down! When it did, I came flying out of my seat and had to hold onto my loose fastener for dear life. Besides the safety issues, this roller coaster was sort of like Flight Deck at Canada’s Wonderland.

We went to the water park and many different rides but the one ride that I’ll never forget was pirate ship, otherwise known as The Rage. For those who know what the rage is, this was an exact replica of that. The rage is pushed back and forth by a wheel below it. However, the rage is smooth and the wheel on the rage just goes ‘vvvvoooooommm’. This wheel on the pirate ship went ‘sssqqqqquuuuuueeeeeeekkkkkkk’. And if that wasn’t comforting enough, the pirate ship started to sway the wrong way. Along with going back and forth, it shook side to side. And the worst part was, it was not supposed to!

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Despite our shaky experiences we had a great time at Dizzee world but would suggest exercising caution to those who wish to visit.

Chennai, India: Dizzee World! – by Connor

After staying in Chennai, India for a few nights, we asked our driver to bring us to an amusement park called Dizzee World. We arrived and nobody was there. The first ride we went on was a bench that swung back and forth. My mom and I sat on it while we looked at the map! We decided that we would go through a maze to start. We entered it and there were mirrors everywhere. They gave us plastic gloves to feel around the area. It was not dark, but it was not very light either. We felt around and found a door. We thought it was the end until we went inside and saw nothing but a never ending room. We discovered that there was a door in the middle of the room. We opened it and saw a thing called the vortex. The vortex is basically a very large tube that spins and makes you dizzy. We got out of the maze and went to have lunch.


After that, we went to a ride called the mini roller coaster. I was a little hesitant because I had a fear of roller coasters. We went up to the cars and Caleb and I climbed in the front seat. The first two drops kind of freaked me out and then it calmed down but we went around two more times. I started to get used to it and found it really fun!

After the roller coaster, we went to the bumper cars. We were supposed to have a minute or two on the cars but the person who ran the bumper cars decided to jump into one himself! After what seemed like twenty minutes of driving we were pretty sweaty!

There was a water park so we went to cool down in it. There were five slides open and the steepest one was in the middle of a blue slide and a yellow slide. The colour of this slide was red. There were two longer slides off to the side. I went down all of the slides, but I was hesitant for the red one.


Over all, Dizzee World was very fun and I would go there again. It was quiet and had lots of rides to choose from and they even let us go a second time even if we weren’t supposed to. Dizzee World was fun but rather unsafe as well. Why was it so unsafe? Who knows!