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Amritsar – The Hindustan Pakistan Circus

April 9, 2012 1 comment

MAD MAD MAD. The Indian Pakistan border closing ceremony was something we were not expecting. With Middle Eastern politics as it is, the border is effectively permanently closed, opening only for 2 hours each morning for a handful of trucks and 2 special buses, one from Delhi and one from Lahore. That is it, no cars, no people, no other transport – nothing. Yet every evening, they close the border for the night.

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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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Qutub Minar – they knew how to build

March 11, 2012 Leave a comment

As a way to check out our driver for the next few weeks, we took a trip around the outskirts of Delhi. Sukhdeep turned out to be a very nice gentle man and the car was a big, comfortable and new 7 seater – Thank you again Vinish!

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Ninh Binh – like a ring donut.

February 24, 2012 4 comments

To continue our journey, we took what appeared to be the only option of a transfer via Haiphong to Ninh Binh. The bus, boat, bus and another bus combination took 7 hours and I am still convinced all the travel companies lied to us and ripped us off, but I am just about getting over it. The last bus certainly made for a memorable trip on public transport, with all the bags thrown on the roof and an interior designed for the residents of Lilliput.

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Perfume river – crash course in Buddhism.

February 16, 2012 2 comments

Our day trip with Mr Happy was both a feast for the eyes and the ears with a philosophical lesson in happiness and Buddhism. His real name Hy, he was a philosophy student who packed in his studies in his final year, because he had enough thinking time to realise there was no career in philosophy.

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Hue you! – want a lady

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

The first thing you notice in the city of Hue is the touts, offering everything from bike tours, to ladies to boat rides to marijuana. Our favourite offer was “sir, do you want to buy my poem?” I liked the novel approach so much, that I now have his one page masterpiece for the princely sum of 60p.

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Saigon – it’s full

January 30, 2012 1 comment

Over the next couple of days we widened our circle in the city, visiting first the Green Emerald Pagoda. In the guide book, they described this serene, leafy, intricate temple – we came on a festival day and it was crazy. As soon as we were out of the taxi we were nearly mown down by scooters, pushed up against the bird cages and the vats of fish and turtles.

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