Author: Cathy

New Year New Start

I wonder if you are one of those people who is feeling like this Christmas has been a time of excess and overindulgence.  This Christmas for me has meant a time of eating sugar (which I don’t do for most of the year!), of indulging in special foods such as smoked salmon and champagne, I…
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January 4, 2016 0

Independent in India

While everyone else is shivering in the English climate back home, my Indian adventure is continuing! I am staying on for one more week yaaaay! The main idea behind this was to get some experience in some of the hospitals here because I am training to become a doctor in the UK! When the rest…
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August 26, 2015 0

Nearing the end…

You can tell we are nearing the end of the project, when we are putting the finishing touches to the boys gift bags, leading our final session at boys town and being taken out to dinner by Madras YMCA Board of Trustees.  That was our day yesterday.  We spent the morning, buying some more items…
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August 18, 2015 0

Concentration and Elephants in Pudicherry

Today was the day of our only day off during the project.  we had already decided that we wanted to do something different this year, something that had never been done before on a Chennai Challenge trip…so we went to Pudicherry (that’s the new name for Pondicherry!) Our day started with a rather long bus…
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August 11, 2015 2

Yellagiri, Yellagiri, Yellagiri

So many times I have heard the word Yellagiri, seen pictures of the bus and the YMCA activity camp but nothing could have prepared me for this weekend; it was such a change to what I had acclimatized to in Chennai, the hills the cool breeze the whole area changed dramatically; the journey was so…
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August 10, 2015 0

Changing communities in Chennai

Hello lovely people back home or wherever you are reading this from! Another fantastic, jam-packed day here in Chennai. This morning we went shopping again to get the last few bits and bobs for our trip to Yellagiri tomorrow morning for four days! (This will mean that we wont have a blog during that time..)…
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August 6, 2015 1

Shopping, Squashing and Falooda

Suzanne here checking on day 3. All busy, busy, busy as we continue to plough on with preparing for Yellegiri which is ‘literally in a minute’. So to start the day we had usual breakfast at the YMCA, some of the team members feeling a little ropey – possibly from the change in diet. We…
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August 5, 2015 0

After a loooonngg Journey…

We have arrived!!! We left England at 8.45pm on Sunday and arrived at YMCA Vepery at 8pm Monday evening. A very long journey with lots of sleeping people throughout the journey On arrival at the YMCA we had a very warm welcome and we lovingly cooked a dinner of Egg Dosa and Omelette. A new…
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August 4, 2015 1

Missing India and Team 2015

Tomorrow is the start of team 2015 with our first meeting.  I am really excited but slightly nervous at the same time. I have not been on project since 2011, which seems like such a long time ago.  Lots of other amazing things have happened like having a beautiful son, but I have missed India…
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January 23, 2015 0


Day One of Chennai Challenge already has involved a number of challenges.  The first of which was travelling to the airport.  For a couple of the team a slightly irritating travelling up to the Midlands last night in order to get to Manchester airport for 6am only to arrive back in the city they live…
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August 1, 2014 1