Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

A (nearly) perfect last three weeks…

After some last minute flight bookings we found ourselves on a flight from Ladakh to Delhi and then onto Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital. But we didn’t hang around there as were keen to get down to the coast. The next day we took an old-fashioned rickety local train, which ran right down the coast (along…

Who would have thought it snows in India?

After a very hot two months we decided to escape the heat and see a different side of India. And so it was, that we were flying precariously over snow-capped mountains on our way to Leh in Ladakh, in the far north-west of the country. The landing was particularly hairy with peaks all around the…

Roasting in royal Rajasthan

Everyone had warned us it would be hot (40C+) once we got north of Mumbai but I have never before experienced air so hot it feels like you’re putting your head in an oven and a constant feeling of the energy draining out when you just walk down the street. Welcome to Rajahstan! After breaking…

Would you wear this at home?

I will happily admit a lot of travellers offend me (and for many reasons) but the one thing that I really hate is some of the outfits they wear. Backpackers in Nepal and India have been by far the worse and here are a selection of candid snaps:

Beach time

Watching Indians relax on the beach, it is striking how differently they behave compared to westerners:

The real Slumdog Millionaire

After much debate as to whether it was ethical, we visited a slum in Rio and it was a fascinating insight into otherwise invisible section of society which (according to the guide anyway) the inhabitants were keen for people to see. Therefore, we also wanted to visit Dharavi in Mumbai, known as Asia’s largest slum. We took…

Now for some proper sightseeing…

After relaxing on the beach in Kerala and Goa, I was looking forward to some real sightseeing. First we headed 400km inland to the historical town of Hampi which is full of temples and surrounded by gorgeous countryside. We toured around in an auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) and a moped, checking out ruined palaces, crazy boulders and…

Watch that cowpat!

Cows are everywhere in India.  They are considered holy by Hindus and heaven forbid should you injure one, it would probably be worse than killing a human.

Getting stuck in Goa

We’ve met loads of other backpackers who have talked of getting stuck in a particular place. We haven’t really found this to be the case as we tend to move on once we’ve relaxed for a few days or once we have seen the main sights. However, we definitely got stuck in Goa. Having been on beaches further south…

Around the tip of the India

After an unsuccessful search for Bengal tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park, eight hours south-west of Varanasi, we embarked on an epic journey down the eastern coast (as there didn’t seem to be any major sights on the way) to the town of Pondicherry. We covered over 2,000km on three trains, taking four days. We met…