Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Driving through Southern Gujarat

Today on Wednesday the part of our group which has gone further south to Surat, visits an educational institution at the outskirts of the city. We stayed in a hotel, as guests of this instutution, and visit its nearby campus to talk to the director and the president. We will talk with our home institutions about the possibility to establish links, for the benefit of both.

We have a brief tour through the city of Surat, which is a centre of diamond publishing and textile industry. Then back towards north, onto a 5 hours drive. The road is being widened and converted into a motorway, but the ongoing construction causes congestion and a bumpy ride. We admire and at the same time are scared by the capabilities of our driver, who appears to drive in a suicidal way, on the wrong side of motorways, between oncoming traffic, constantly honking and taking the right of way of other traffic participants. But after 5 hours we arrive safely at the guest house in Vallabh Vidyanagar.

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