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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 23rd 2006

Hello everyone!! We have been on Koh Tao for 3 days and it is just beautiful! I could get used to this... The weather is gorgeous- sunny and hot with a gentle sea breeze, the scenery is amazing - quiet, white sandy beaches overlooked by lush green mountains. The water is so warm and clear it's like getting into a giant bath! Although this is clearly a travelling mecca, you still get a sense of the island life as local fishing boats go out in the morning and it is not at all built up. The food is varied and delicious (and has only made me ill once!) and still cheap. The journey here was quite a difficult one. We were supposed to be collected by a mini bus at 5.30pm but instead they sent a ... read more
Writing my diary!
beach life
On the boat

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai August 23rd 2006

Near the international airport in Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is the small hillock where the apostle St Thomas, the noble missionary and one of the principal diciples of Lord Jesus was assasinated way back in 72 AD. The origin of Christianity in India can be traced to St Thomas Didymas, the apostle. While most of Jesus´ diciples confined their activities to the meditaranian region, St Thomas chose as his field of labor, the distant and little known East, with its strange people and even stranger God´s. He first preached the Gospel in Parthia and then proceeded to the Malabar Coast by sea in the year 52 AD. After establishing seven major Communities of Christians in Kerala, he moved to the Eastern Coast of India and founded a Community in Mylapore in Madras (now Chennai) He ... read more
St Thomas mount, Chennai, India!
St Thomas Mount, Chennai, India!
St Thomas Mount, Chennai, India!

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur August 23rd 2006

Which is sad, because I actually thought it was a really pretty city, and if things had worked out differently concerning weather, I probably would have enjoyed my time there much more. Things as they are, I like it a lot more in retrospect now that I'm out of the city. Our second day in Jaisalmer we went to see a haveli, and shopping. There's a lot of good jewelry and and it was fun until it started to rain. There were torrential rains. At the beginning of the rain we wanted to keep going and not waste a day sitting inside. Aly found a carpet she eventually bought the next day. We went to a silver factory. On the way back from the silver factory, we got caught it what must have looked something like ... read more
The offending cow.

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou August 23rd 2006

We are wrapping things up in GZ as we've done with every city we've visited, and that means inviting all those that we've met in GZ up to our rooms for drinks and then for some time out on the town. Guangzhou is a chaotic urban center with 14 million people, and yesterday we had our driver take us through these back alley streets that are about 20 feet wide with makeshift shops lining both sides. As we crept through the alley with the van's sidedoor open, we got some amazing footage. Bikers and mopeds with three passengers, people crossing this way and that, forming a symphony of sights and sounds. It was a magical moment. People were slashing by in all directions, doing a dance that swept by wave after wave. I've never seen anything ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing August 23rd 2006

Just one of the supremely cheesy and almost propaganda-like lines used to link together the acrobatics show we went to see the other night. Apart from sniggering at the subtitles the performance was pretty amazing - no-one should be able to bend in those ways. And getting 12 people on one bicycle has to be seen to be believed. We arrived in Beijing on Saturday and despite the scale of the city managed to find ourselves in a really cosy little neighbourhood which is fantastic to stroll around (if you can avoid the thousands of bricklayers currently resurfacing the alleys, the bicycles carrying entire shops and the rickshaws which take no heed of pedestrians). When we say we found ourselves here, we really mean that a taxi driver managed to quiz enough locals to get some ... read more
Behind closed doors
The Child Emperor?
Bad Hair Day

Asia » China » Beijing August 23rd 2006

After being in Tianjin for two weeks we finally made it in to Beijing for two days. After settling into our hotel, we took a taxi to Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City. I cannot believe that a protest ever occured in Tian'anmen. It was huge! It was also filled with "college" students who want to give a tour that really just takes you to an art gallery and not with much substance. It is like running a gauntlet just to get into the Forbidden city. Many people spoke some English. Since Dave is so tall, he stands out and is a prime target for "tour" guides. Surrounding Tian'anmen Square are the government buildings and Mao's tomb. We did not get to Mao's tomb. Maybe next time. We crossed over the road to the Forbidden city. ... read more
Tian'anmen Square
Chairman Mao
Map of the Forbidden City

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket August 23rd 2006

In America Death Cab is good music (for those who don't know them, you should). In Thailand it is the mode of transportation that actually transports blond Americans to be traded in the sex slave industry. It was also how I got from the airport to my hotel. I actually thought I was going to die. Instead I just got carsick and I thought that Lisa and I would be Natilie Hollowayed. But we lived, sorry mom, that this is my first entry. But everythis else has been fine. Lisa and I are on our way to the beach to play outside and relax. Mai tias need to be condumed. Tomorrow we find a place to live. And somewhere near the bus stop as to avoid taking unmarked cabs. We walked around downtown Pkuket last night ... read more
Town Circle
Woman Walking

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi August 22nd 2006

The KOK... Was so pleased to see a central reservation again when we arrived in Bangkok! For the first time in a couple of months a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the drive after the cahotic roads in India. Bangkok... seems ages ago! We were there for a week. Had some really bizarre nights out and did many tourist activities like: visit the Damnoen Saduk floating tourist traffic jam and had a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river, during which I was summoned to the dance floor to scare the other guests with my atrocious Thai dancing skills! The number of chicks with dicks was alarming. Even before a few beers, it was difficult to distinguish who was what. As I am sure you are aware there is a big sex scene in ... read more
This youngster was well behaved
The famous chilling Buddha
Thai show

Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Tanah Rata August 22nd 2006

Saturday 19th August Paul - Couldn't find where our bus was leaving from this morning (it's a tiny village with a bus stop...SURELY the bus stop!?) so had a mad scramble about to find it parked in a car park set back from the main road. Bizarre. Typical long bus journey (7 hours) involving hilarious westerners boasting about their travels and telling me how amazing the Playstation 3 will be "cuz it'll have the best graphics!" Delightful and informed that's what I like! Also a random Irish guy proclaimed to the bus "this place is nothing like Ireland". Where do these people get such intelligent and witty comments from? Arrived in the highlands after a beautiful drive up a winding road past lots of tea plantations and rose gardens. The highlands is at an altitude ... read more
The tea fields
Tea fields as far as you can see
A bit of market action

Asia » China » Yunnan » Shangri-La August 22nd 2006

Shangri-la otherwise known as Zhongdian is close to the Tibetan border at about 3,300 m. The flight back from Lhasa was again beautiful and I soaked in the aerial vistas. Although the 'old town' is mostly new (in old style) the local people are genuinely friendly - the women distinctive in their pink headgear. I hung out in the square with Hank (a dutch off duty tour guide) eating baked potatoes and kebabs from the stalls. Also had a brief addiction for local icecreams. One of the highlights was the tradional? dancing round the square in the evening - everbody getting into it. A wee side trip to natural limestone bridge and hot pools was a bit of an anti-climax but the company of seaoned travellers was a pleasure - tales from all over the planet. ... read more
Zongtian dancing it up
On the road from Shangri La

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