Page 3 of Katep Travel Blog Posts

Asia » Thailand February 15th 2010

Wow, Thailand is very different to India! As soon as I left the airport I was aware of the following; Clean loos, with an actual toilet (!), loo roll, a flush that works, no bucket and bowl! The smell of urine, rotting food and curry had been replaced with the lighter and more frangrant smell of chillies and occasionally the not so fragrant thai fish sauce that is used in all cooking. - No rubbish on the streets. - Signs written in English are spelt correctly and grammatically make sense! - You aren’t harassed into buying something or shouted at to get a tuk tuk or taxi. - When you are harassed if you say no they stop bothering you. - Thai people laugh for (seemingly) no reason at all… in fact they laugh, almost inappropriately! ... read more
muay thai
fishy feet
elephant trekking

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur January 29th 2010

I left you at Jaipur train station, right before someone very cleverly (and my hat goes off to them because I have no idea how they did it) stole my wallet from the front of my rucksack, which was on my front… they literally stole it from under my nose! Luckily it only had about R350, my credit card, some malaria, anti sickness and anti histamine tablets, my lip salve and a usb stick in it. I was very lucky… my train ticket was in my other pocket and I had back up cash and back up credit cards. So, after taking a deep breath (and telling the man next to me on the train that it wasn’t funny and he shouldn’t smile; poor man!) I called Nationwide and cancelled the card and tried to ... read more
The Fort, Jodhpur
children dancing for money

Asia January 23rd 2010

Ok so the train ride to Varanasi was freezing! But I managed to arrive without falling into a hypothermic coma. I had to use my teachers voice on the tuk tuk driver in Varansi who (and I had been warned about this) told me that my hotel was closed, dangerous and full! The hotel is right on the Meer Ghat and while it isn’t beautiful it is clean and does the job! (although it is a little annoying having to walk through the open air restaurant to have a shower or use the loo!!) But Varanasi is amazing. It is a real cultural hot spot and it just so happened to be a kite festival and a solar eclipse whilst I was there which meant it was full with thousands of people - which was fantastic ... read more
washing in the ghats

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram January 14th 2010

I wrote this a few days ago but haven't had a chance to put it up yet! So here it is.. It was whilst sitting on an early morning bus from Mamallapurnam to Chennai airport that I realized how much I love travelling India by train. The trains may be late. You may not always get a seat. You may be surrounded by cockroaches. BUT, you meet the Indian people. You know where you are when you arrive at your destination. You get the best chai and snack food. But most importantly, you can sit in a train doorway and watch the countryside whizz past… and there is very little that I have done so far that beats that experience. I’m sure you’re not supposed to sit with your legs sticking out the train doors. I’m ... read more

Asia » India » Pondicherry January 14th 2010

Well I am now on a train from Kolkata to Varanasi. I would like to say on my own for the first time, and whilst that is true I don’t ever seem to be without a talking companion!! On this journey there is a very enthusiastic 19 year old girl called Kab who is chatting happily to me about how she loves London and Switzerland!! (her mum is also here and has already told her to take my email address for when she comes to England!! Well I left you in Madurai and the beautiful Sri Meenakshi temple and from there Pierino, Flurina and I got a train to Pondicherry. What a place! Pondicherry is the ‘French town’ in India. It is the place where you can eat proper French pastries and where I saw the ... read more
Playing cards
Saying goodbye to Charlie
Sri Meenakshi Temple

Asia January 6th 2010

So I think the last time I wrote I was in Fort Cochin and it was New Year!. So after our rather low key New Years Eve we headed on the train to Allepey. I have to say that I was not that taken with Allepey - a lot of tourists go there, but really only to travel on their fabulous backwaters - fabulous backwaters… not so fabulous Allepey! So after finding a cheap hotel room above a restaurant and booking our boat trip for the following day I headed out to explore the town….. just in time to see a procession of men, women and children walking down the main street in various different uniforms/plain clothes, with a amateur band playing ‘procession’ style music!! The streets here are lined with stalls selling gaudy coloured plastic ... read more
Sunset on the backwaters
The boat ride

Asia » India » Kerala » Alleppey January 1st 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I think the last time i wrote i told you that i was going to be hiring a moped and doing some exploring in Goa.. it was amazing! so nice to have the wind in your hair and the world at your feet!! .. and i came back with everything in tact!! i thoroughly reccomend it! We enjoyed our stay in Goa and celebrated Charlie's birthday in style (he got legless!!) and we went to a head phone party!!.. For those that haven't experienced this let me explain!; they can't play loud music after 11.30 so they have got round this by hiring out wireless headphones to party goers - i actually really liked it because you don't have to shout above the racket.. just take your headphones off!! In fact i ... read more
sawing the lock
the Ali Baba pants
Chinese fishing nets

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem December 28th 2009

To Kate's esteemed blog fans - a moment on Ali Baba pants: Some of you may be aware that Kate Paxton has a certain pair of Ali Baba pants that she talks about in the same way one may describe a first born child or family heirloom. They are baggy, blue, and according to her "the best item of clothing in the world". As we were swimming in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea this afternoon, discussing such crucial traveller issues as where to dine and what time to rise, Kate's attention was diverted in much the same way as a pointer will sniff out its prey. Yes, at 100 feet she had spied a fellow traveller wearing Ali Baba pants, walking the other way, quietly minding her own business. "Quick, they're not see through!!" ... read more

Asia » India » Goa » Palolem December 28th 2009

I am sitting here on the beach at a makeshift table and chairs infront of ‘Janesha’s’. I’ve had a lovely chat with James whose daughter Janesha is how the resaturant got it’s name, and who also owns 20 pigs who I’ve just watched fighting over the restaurants left overs.. I had to take a break when I realised I was being eaten alive by the endless bugs /ants surrounding the pigs! But it is true that nothing in India gets wasted.. or at least it doesn’t seem too. And with a population of over a billion they have people to constantly clean up after everyone else which is why everyone throws there litter on the road… on the train journey to Goa the lovely Indian man in our cabin was adament that I should throw all ... read more
the beach
getting coconuts
beach entertainment

Asia December 26th 2009

well i was wrong about Pune!! It is great here.. i have been biten by some weird bugs which i reckon probably came from the bed Charlie and i are sleeping in .. which is disgustingly dirty (even though i am sleeping in my lovely silk sleeping bag liner!!) still.. it is grose!! however we have had a lovely christmas in Pune. We decided to splash out and paid about 6 pounds each to spend the day at a very posh hotel at their roof top pool.. it was gorgeous.. a luxury i think i won't be seeing again for some time! We have eaten delicious food and the people who we have met here are very nice (the tourists are mainly here to visit the Osho Centre.. which we aren't going to as it is ... read more
Christmas by the pool!
the streets of Pune
ha ha

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