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Endings are actually beginnings too. This is what I told myself as I sat in the tiny, oh so tiny, room in Osaka. It’s one of those glass half empty or half full sort of things.
The reality of what we had done was before me and it came in […]
I have written before about travellers wanting a point to it all, to travelling. In part this is perhaps seen as them wanting to justify the vast cost of travel; to have a point for spending all that money, or – as commonly happens – someone else’s money. But, […]
The bullet train pulled smoothly and serenely into the station, totally belying the speed it had demonstrated when blistering through the Japanese countryside.
As I stepped down into the shiny and neat Kyoto station the entire history of Zen Buddhism flashed through my mind. In short: this city was the […]
I wallowed comfortably in the exceedingly warm waters, the balmy mountain air was cool and smelled of the rich wood my surroundings were constructed from. I was butt-naked and in my first real Japanese onsen, the famous hot bath houses of these islands. The small courtyard contained a number […]
4am in Tokyo, Japan trickled around and we were ready to go. We skipped breakfast and headed down to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market.
It opened at 5:30am and back then you could wander in free. Now, you have to pay and cannot arrive before 9am, but we were one […]
Tokyo, like Beijing and especially like Delhi, is a city that one could spend a lifetime in and never feel a sense of completion. The Japanese way of doing things enhances this feeling with wards (districts) dedicated to different aspects of the culture.
How these districts come about is fascinating. […]
I have always looked at maps of the world and wondered if they skew perspective. America appears massive while Australia and India are diminished and Japan… well, miniscule. Even when I was young, I knew somehow that reality didn’t concord with this portrayal. I know now, for example, that […]
We often take arriving at the destination to be the purpose of travel. Taken in this way the journey itself is not the point, rather it is the serious business of transporting our bodies from one place to another. Getting to the end location as quickly as possible is […]
“So,” said Cesca loudly and clearly, just as I was drinking from a water bottle, “What’s all this about China and Tiananmen Square?”
I almost did a spit take.
“Quiet!” I said and I looked around, wiping water running down my chin. Yes, we were standing bang in the middle of […]
Everyone loves Pandas and at the Panda Conservation Centre near Chengdu, China is probably the best place to see them in the world.
Watching them reminded me of the Douglas Adams quote:
“…On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than [Pandas] because he had achieved […]
In China, Daoist temples atop mountains are so numerous that there must be something about these high places that answers a longing for cliff edges and being above the clouds. A simplistic analysis of this, one using that most ignoble of human faculties; the so-called common sense, would say that […]
Flanked by several enormous mountains, Tiger Leaping Gorge is top contender for the deepest gorge in the world. The upper road of the gorge makes for some breath-taking hiking and winds slowly up the edge of the left side ridge, through villages, past the odd farm and eventually, after […]
“You have to imagine,” said the man in broken English, “that this…” he gestured his hands at the view in front of us, “big lake… […]
At one point in our journey I actually advocated to Cesca that we skip China. That she didn’t listen, and talked me round, proves clearly that […]
Certain cities in the world are instantly recognisable from hundreds of classic movies that have been set there. No one could mistake Paris, New York […]
Very little survives a man’s death. I have commented before that most of the “Great’s” from history did not write much down for themselves and […]
Delhi. Many people say they have “done” Delhi, but in all honesty they haven’t. They have perhaps done the tourist parts of New Delhi, or […]
I sat on the balcony and considered the view. The remote 7800ft high mountain town of Shimla flowed over the hills in front of our hotel. The roofs were the playgrounds of large collections of violent monkeys that tumbled and swung over the closely knitted but strangely British architecture.
This is a “Special Edition” of my Hong Kong at night film. The beautiful skyline of Hong Kong at night! Come with us through the […]
Jaisalmer is a town located 575 m west from the state capital Jaipur. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert
On the road, and neatly tucked into our bus seats, we were also well placed for scamming. A guy came up to Wendy and handed her a phone. […]
Cesca left me snoozing in our room and went out to the roof top café/restaurant to take some photos of the city. The city is […]
As a traveller you know, and even expect, the unknown to occur. You want this; for some it’s the whole point of leaving their home […]
Udaipur is famous for many reasons. To those in the west it is mostly known for its gleaming white Jag Niwas hotel found in the […]
Ask a hundred people where in the world they would like to visit most of all and a significant percentage of them will say Agra, […]
Many Indian cities are a jumble, a mix of the ancient and modern, but nowhere I have ever been compares in this regard to Varanasi. […]
There was only one time in our journey around India that I didn’t feel entirely safe, one moment where I thought to myself, “Ah, this […]
Eating food in India is no joke. On one hand there are high-end coffee cafes that have prices that could only make sense to the […]
“Who are your inspirational hero’s?” I asked a friend. “Dunno. King David, I guess, would be one.” “Awesome answer,” I said impressed that he hadn’t […]
here are two questions I am most asked about travelling the world. The first is, “What was our favourite place?” This is by far the […]
Varkala is a very popular tourist destination with western travellers. Similar to Goa in many respects, it is a large beach front collection of Happy […]
Kerala the beautiful; the green of a million palm trees, the blue of warm waters. Kerala the red of the sun at set; its light […]
This is the second podcast in the This Is India collection. It tells of Cesca and my journey high above the sweltering plains of India to the mountain retreat of Ooty. We recorded it last night and both really enjoyed revisiting what was one of the most pleasant […]
“Can you take us to this hotel please?” I asked the tuk tuk driver. He shook his head, “No, that hotel burned down.” “Burned down? […]
Bangalore is a strange place because it is just like cities at home. Almost slap bang in the middle of India, it sits like a […]
Hello and welcome to an experiment!
Cecsa and I have sat down and recorded a podcast of our time in Anegundi in India. This is a total-first for us and so please strap yourself in as we try and capture our feelings about the amazing Hampi area without really knowing […]
The most common question I have been asked by people after returning home is, “which was your favourite country to visit?” For Cesca and I […]
I lay on my back and tried to relax. The sound of rolling waves crashed back and forth in the distance, which helped. However, the […]
One of the unique things about India, and one that you never quite come to terms with, is the trains. I would even go as […]
The November terrorist attacks on Mumbai was something we had worried about before landing in the city, but to look at the place it was […]
In 2009 Cesca and I visited the amazing slopes of Wudang Mountain. The mountain is located roughly in northwestern part of Hubei Province of China. This peak is part of the larger Wudang Shan mountain range that runs through the area, but it is this particular peak that is the most famous. This is due […]
I flipped out my phone and called the hotel. We were waiting outside the Mumbai airport, it was late, dark and the pickup area was […]
**UPDATE – LOTS OF NEW IMAGES!* Welcome back to the travel blogging. Our amazing, 12 month, around the world journey had so far taken us […]
Many people speak of trekking in the north of Thailand, but such over-popular options are not the flavour we go for. Instead, we had read […]
Thailand, again we arrived in Thailand, but this time by air. The siege of Bangkok airport, which had messed us about so much the last […]
The travel blogging is back! Note: This is the third part of a complete three part article that completes our time in Vietnam. This entry […]
Introduction and warning Travelling in the hotter parts of the world brings you mano a monster with all sorts of creatures that you’re not used to. […]
Note: This is the second part of a complete three part article that completes our time in Vietnam. We continue with our trip into Halong […]
The travel blogging is back! Note: This is the first part of a final three part article that completes our time in Vietnam. The next […]
This is a cross post written by Basho, originally posted on www.rohantime.com Why this train? This night on this train? The Calcutta to Delhi train […]
This is a cross post written by Basho, originally posted on www.rohantime.com Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. Escaping to the cool of the mountains was […]
A short fun film highlighting our trip to Australia, showing some of the fantastic things we saw in this wonderful country. A tribute to the nation before we move on to New Zealand…
Oh! comments about the new intro welcome!
Here is the latest short film for your enjoyment. This one shows our amazing time at Uluru over sunset and sunrise. See how the colours of the rock change in response to the light!
As always comments are most welcome,
Here is the next in the line of Basho Films.
I am working hard on the next one and have something a little special in mind from then on. I love creating them and hope to show some vastly improved technique over the coming months! I have some simply amazing […]
Thanks for all the fantastic feedback on the last Basho Film!
Here is the latest, I present Sydney Harbour!
There is already another to upload and many more to come including Australia Zoo!
If you like it please either leave a comment or digg/stumble it.
I finally found enough bandwidth to upload my first travel film; San Francisco! I hope you like it and all comments are very welcome. This is the first of a ongoing set of films outlining our travels over the next year. Next to come is Sydney (complete) and Hunter […]
What do you need for a year long adventure? Don’t ask me, it’s my first time! Nevertheless, I am taking all this: Shown here is:
The flat is empty – everything is in storage.
I leave work tomorrow for good – can’t wait!
The bags are packed – full to the brim for a year’s worth of travel!
Basho is going global.
On the 22nd of June, Cesca and I are leaving these shores to go on […]