Shimla mountains and a happy meeting

2016-10-18T18:51:17+00:00

When you travel through a country, especially if you are using a published travel guide, you are walking a well trodden path. Indeed maybe a thousand people are doing it with you simultaneously. This has a very strong effect over time, as more and more guest houses start catering only to the backpacker and spring up all along the route, which had myriad knock-on effects. Such as: taxi services who know the guide books better than you do and hordes of travellers at ever corner all "experiencing" the local atmosphere; all the time failing to realise that they are in a "bubble" like a Disney theme park ride.

Shimla mountains and a happy meeting 2016-10-18T18:51:17+00:00

Jodhpur

2016-10-18T18:51:28+00:00

Cesca left me snoozing in our room and went out to the roof top café/restaurant to take some photos of [...]

Jodhpur 2016-10-18T18:51:28+00:00

Udaipur

2016-10-18T18:51:39+00:00

Udaipur is famous for many reasons. To those in the west it is mostly known for its gleaming white Jag [...]

Udaipur 2016-10-18T18:51:39+00:00

Mysore

2016-10-18T18:52:11+00:00

In India, catching a tuk tuk and negotiating the fare – or even the simple existence of the destination – is a national pastime. Not one driver, in three months, took us where we wanted to go without comment, argument or an all out fight. At first, this grates on the nerves and then you cant help but be brought down by it. Then you feel victimised for being western and (relatively) rich. You start to think that they are all out to get you personally. However, it is none of these; it is an official sport. Take it as a sport, a sparring match, and you suddenly find it fun.

Mysore 2016-10-18T18:52:11+00:00