Tag Archives: Exploration
On an Island in the Sun….Bali
February 2019 Karen’s mum, Bernadette was taken on a surprise Asia Trip for her 60th Birthday in Feb 2019. The last leg of that trip was in Bali. Unbeknownst to her Iain and the girls had arranged to make this part a family trip with Laura and Dan flying out from Glasgow in secret and […]
I am the Mountain, I am Mudgee
It was three and a half years since we first arrived in Sydney. In that time we had explored the city we had decided to call home for a while, gallivanted up and down the east coast, popped over to Tasmania, hopped up to Darwin and a few more places in between. But as for […]
Tintin and the Case Of The Stolen Identity.
Tintin, or as the French/Belgians pronounce ‘TanTan’ is one of the most recognisable comic book characters of all time and his recent foray into Hollywood has only increased his long lasting appeal. Created by Belgian Cartoonist Georges Remi (aka Hergé), the books follow reporter Tintin, his faithful fox terrier Snowy, the brash and caustic Captain […]
Where East meets West
We left sleepy Hampi at 8.45pm on the over night bus to Bangalore, which will be referred to as the ‘Benga Bus’. This was after the most terrifying rickshaw ride. Under the cover of darkness and on an empty tank of petrol we were taking on the lumps and bumps of the mean back roads […]
Hampi Birthday Mum!
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains. Round the Decay. 1336 Telugu Prince Harihararaya chooses Hampi as his new Capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire. Over the next couple of centuries it grows into the largest Hindu Empires in Indian history. The Portuguese refer to […]
Monday..Tuesday.. Hampi Days!
Yet another early start awaited us to make the onward connection to Hampi. The 1 hour taxi ride was uneventful (for a change) and we arrived at Madgoan Railway Station with about 25 mins to spare to wait on our train to Hospet Junction (The main hub for Hampi). Our train rocked up only 5 […]
Palolem was the beach get away we needed after the partying in Mumbai and Baga. Once the effects of the old monk (Rum) had worn off we hit the road in 2 cars – we would be heading to Canacona in South Goa. The journey was Indian driving turned up a notch or 2. We […]
It was an early rise heading to Mumbai airport to catch the venga bus, sorry flight to Goa to celebrate John’s 30th birthday. In our sleepy state we were failing to navigate the busy queues, ended up in the wrong airline queue and persuaded to join a quick queue (soon we realised this was a […]
Mumbai Wedding Part 3: Dancing in the Streets
There was a flurry of activity that morning in Juhu Beach. Last minute shaves were being made. Kurtas were tried on again and coffee was consumed in the local Starbucks. In another part of town, in a market, John was quickly scampering to buy a last minute shirt and tie.. and belt for the evening […]
Mumbai Wedding Part 2: Turmeric on your collar
A Gujarati Wedding usually has several small ceremonies in the days leading up to the main “wedding day”. Neem and Ollie had opted for a truncated version but still there was plenty to be a part of. A pop-up tent and area had been put together on the apartment rooftop for the occasion. Thursday started […]
Ranakpur: And the Temple of Strops!!
Ranakpur: January 2014 It was sad to say goodbye to Chhotaram and his family but we had to move on further south as we had to reach Mumbai in a few days. Finishing breakfast and saying goodbye we then jumped in our Indigo car and headed for Udaipur. As we had gone west from Jaipur […]