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Shimla – Gateway to the Himalaya’s

April 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Shimla became famous as the town that the British settled upon to escape the heat of Delhi, and thus it became the seat of the government of the Indian Empire for around 8 months of the year. It is astounding to realise that this place, little more than a village, controlled a fifth of the world’s population – the equivalent of 1.4 billion people ruled from somewhere like Ambleside. (20x size of UK!)

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Varanasi – on the banks of the holy Ganges

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Swotting up on all the travel books, we were expecting Varanasi to be pretty hard, so to make our lives a bit easier, we booked a nice hotel in Cantonment. My first booking muck-up; we arrived a day later than I had booked and they had re-allocated our rooms. A bit of tough talking, and we were thankfully back in our rooms – but it was yet another case of staff tips and more money frustration.

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Chhotaram Prajapa’s Homestay – the time machine

March 22, 2012 Leave a comment

First impressions as we arrived: a bit scary but genuine with mud huts and rammed dung floors in a local families back yard, complete with cows, looms and a sense of peace and quiet. One of the huts even had a calf in it sheltering from the sun.

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Udaipur – the friendly city

March 19, 2012 5 comments

The romantic city – well actually the friendly city. On our estimates, more than 50% of the people are willing to be friendly without wanting some money. It is very refreshing. So nice that we have spent a fortune in the shops – a lesson that the hawkers may one day learn!

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Koh Mak

January 24, 2012 1 comment

We debated whether it would be a week in Cambodia, seeing Ankor Wat and learning  about the countries atrocities, or a week on a beach. Guess what won out. Well the next challenge was which island – so many to choose from.

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Mission Beach

December 9, 2011 5 comments

First thing we learnt is that Greyhound busses are pretty grubby and ram packed with sweaty, young, occasionally self-centred backpackers. Second thing we learnt is that Mission Beach bus stop is not in Mission Beach!

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Revenge of the Tree God

October 2, 2011 Leave a comment

In retribution for the tree that Jo pushed over in Czech, the god of trees has taken retribution! The winds here in Colonia are pretty strong, 45km/h gusting to 60. I was inside when I heard this scraping and banging noise followed by a “Alan – Help”.

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