Bangkok, a sprawling Asian metropolis of almost 8.3 million people, is the capital of Thailand. Glittering shopping malls and glittering temples abound, and through it all, the Chao Phraya river flows. However, if it is your first time visiting the city, it is highly possible you will end up in the area through which a… Continue reading Wasting Time on Khao San Road, Bangkok
A picture is worth a thousand words, that’s what they say, so what do you do when you realise you have no pictures to share!? Well, you use your words. If Only I’d Known Embarking on our five month trip, we knew we were lucky enough to have a digital camera and a few spare… Continue reading Use Your Words – Lamenting Our Photoless Travels
Welcome to the next instalment of our five month trip. Sorry that it has been such a long break. You join us, dear readers, in a rattling second class train bound for Kolar Gold Fields. The heat is kept manageable by the dusty breeze rushing through the window bars. Mr Fluskey has a small child… Continue reading Volunteering in Kolar Gold Fields, India
Mumbai is the capital of Maharastra state, located on India’s western coast. Until 1995, it was also called Bombay; you will still have your airline bag tagged with BOM. Mumbai is India’s richest city, but is also home to Dhavari, one of the world’s biggest slums. It is home to almost 1,000,000 people. You will… Continue reading Mumbai, India – Bombay Dreaming
Our time in Kolkata was very special. A very happy diary clash meant that we were in Kolkata for both Diwali and Kali Puja. These happen at around the same time, and so we were able to join in with all of the festivities. What is Diwali? Diwali (or Deepavali) is known as the festival… Continue reading Diwali & Kali Puja in Kolkata – A Double Whammy
There is an expression about Kolkata, “Where Kolkata leads, India will follow”. Well that’s the gist anyway. This can be seen throughout its recent history. Kolkata, then known as Calcutta, was the centre of the British Raj until the capital was moved to New Delhi. During this time money poured in from the British Empire… Continue reading Kolkata, India – A Glimpse of the Past
From one holy city (Varanasi), to another and this time it is Bodh Gaya. An unassuming town that holds the most holy sight for Buddhists in India. Bodh Gaya (or Buddhagaya) For such an important location, Bodh Gaya is quite a modest place. It definitely has a small town feel about it, with the touts… Continue reading Bodh Gaya – Buddhas, Boys and Balls
Writing about vibrant Varanasi has been surprisingly difficult. My memories of this extraordinary place were so jumbled, more a feeling than a narrative. After struggling with this concept, I decided that Varanasi, with its colourful collage of life and confusing lanes, is the inspiration for the structure of this piece. Let’s call it a maze of… Continue reading Vibrant Varanasi
Just a few hours away from Delhi by train is the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. It sits on one point of “The Golden Triangle” that comprises of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. Karl and I travelled here in 2009 and again (with my Mum) in 2014.
Squeezing down a dusty alley in Agra, I was incredibly nervous to think that the Taj Mahal would fall in to the most unfortunate of travel categories. You see there is a moment, and most travellers will experience this at some point, when you finally lay eyes on a place that you have dreamed of.… Continue reading Is the Taj Mahal Worth the Hype?