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Dalhousie – brake pad free zone

April 7, 2012 2 comments

Another hilltop retreat on the map of places to see– but there is nothing here! The most exciting thing about Dalhousie (pronounced Dalhodgie) is that our brakes failed on the way – in the Himalaya’s that is a bad thing.

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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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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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Cat Ba Island and the green lagoons

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

As usual, we parted company with the tour and stayed behind on the island, taking some rickety old bikes (with Theo tied to an little bike seat with an old bike inner tube) up into the national park to stay in a small village in the valley. Basic was the name of the game, but once the cockroaches had been eliminated, the rustic charm came through.

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Last Kiwi stop – Auckland

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

We planned in a day in Auckland, mainly to go up the sky tower and get a view from the highest point in the southern atmosphere. After a pretty miserable morning trying to wrestle with Indian Visa applications online, we catch a bus ride into town.

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Picton and return crossing

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

When we first arrived on the South Island, we liked Picton and said that we would make some time on the way back, so we arrived a bit early and camped up in Picton. The exploring runs out pretty quick, but one thing that did keep us amused was the hull of an old clipper with some pretty amazing statistics in terms of size, capacity, history, distance travelled etc. As we were admiring what was one of the oldest things in New Zealand we were joined by a couple of Americans who amused us greatly.

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Christchurch – City on the mend

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

We have friends in Christchurch, so as well as a chance to say hello, we also took a trip to the top of the volcano that looks over Christchurch. Passing through the city you can still see the devastation, and actually understand why large parts of the city centre (the whole main block of the central business district) are still closed.

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