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Archive for July, 2008

Down time in Ahmedabad

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

AHMEDABAD, India – With Thushan and our host Leila both recovering from illness, we rested up and continued our chai-drinking binge in Ahmedabad. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

A malaria scare

Friday, July 18th, 2008

AHMEDABAD, India – With Thushan fading fast, we head to the doctor’s office for a diagnosis, but not before watching the Celtics win the NBA championship in style on tape delay. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

Sickness sets in

Friday, July 18th, 2008

AHMEDABAD, India – After an all-night bus trip north from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, our friend Leila’s adopted Indian home, we were all feeling a bit under the weather. Thushan, however, was hit worst of all, with a fever, body aches, and general exhaustion, all early warning signs of one of the region’s biggest killers… malaria. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

Trains of Mumbai

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

MUMBAI, India – Can you find Mike? Riding the public transit in each town we visit is often one of the most telling experiences we have. Mumbai’s trains are a reflection of the city itself: big, loud, and crowded.  Hop on in (if you can squeeze in) and see Mumbai’s packed train system in today’s photo gallery.

Crowds of Mumbai

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

MUMBAI, India – Our first full day in Mumbai was a perfect introduction to India. Here we joined two old friends, Leila and Sam, and took to the streets to absorb the huge city’s local cricket matches, crowds, and heavenly smells. Hit the streets in today’s photo gallery.

A Bollywood reunion

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

MUMBAI, India – After two weeks of family and exploration on the island nation of Sri Lanka, we headed north to India and the subcontinent’s biggest city Mumbai (formerly Bombay) for a minireunion of sorts with some old friends. Set your feet down in Mumbai in today’s photo gallery.

The ancient city of Anuradhapura

Monday, July 7th, 2008

ANURADHAPURA, Sri Lanka – Home to some of of Sri Lanka’s most prosperous ancient civilizations, Anuradhapura still draws thousands to its numerous historic sites. One of the most visible remnants of the ancient Sri Lankan civilizations that flourished here is the Ruwanveli Saya stupa, standing at almost 300 feet tall.  Explore Anuradhapura in today’s photo gallery.

About LongJaunt Equal parts lighthearted jaunt and in-depth journey, this intimately documented trip around the world has one goal: to bring you along for the ride.

Thushan Amarasiriwardena

, former Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe, has always loved telling a great story. Combining his eye for visual story telling and his technical background in computer science at North Carolina State University, Thushan has reported on business, sports and travel for The Globe. You can find his site here.

Michael Kurtz

, graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His thesis research focused on the intersection of race and music in Northeastern Brazil. He worked previously as A&R and Production Coordinator for Putumayo World Music, an international music record label based in New York City. You can find his site here.

Brian Rogers

graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Alicia Conway

is LongJaunt's home base chief and a Technical Producer for The Boston Globe. She joined and contributed with the team out in England, Kenya, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Thailand.