Rice Capades 2011 / 2012

Rice Capades 2011 2012

Rice Capades 2011 / 2012



After talking about it for ever and ever, we are finally shutting up (surely all of you will be glad to hear that), picking up our mahoooosive backpacks and going to check how much rice we can actually handle (and one of us hoping it might turn out to be a great way to diet as well 😊 . So y'all, we are on our way to South East Asia and we promise to keep amusing you with brief reports about the trip while you slave and sweat behind your desks - what else are friends for.

More details about our trip can be found here.

Rice Capades: 325 days in total!


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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur March 12th 2012

by Polona Jodhpur As I am writing this, Jan and I have been back from our travelling for almost a month. It is funny how all of this, the whole trip seems to be ages and ages away. We are about to return to London and I even start working tomorrow! Unheard of! We do owe you a brief summary of our last week though, I know, long overdue. So here it goes... After the Colour festival and after spending longer in Pushkar than intended (I was a bit ill) our next destination was Jodhpur. The only reason we went there is to see the fort the city is so known for. We took a very, very early bus to take us to Jodhpur, but we regretted it soon - the road was really bumpy and ... read more
Meherangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Meherangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Meherangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar March 8th 2012

by Jan We arrived to Pushkar with two goals. Objective one, to attend Holi festival, and a personal one (Polona's) to go shopping. Polona was looking forward to this for ages, talking about it, making lists and explaining her wishes to anybody with two ears. But first, we had to get there. It was the longest of our journeys in India, a 19 hour train ride and a an extra hour on a bus. The train ride was just like any other, we arrived in the evening, went to sleep, but when we woke up it was like we changed countries all together . Rajasthan, one of the most visited states of India, reminded me of Morroco and Brane of Iran. At a first glance it's a desert, the houses change and people ride camels. It ... read more
Before and after shot
3 minutes after the start
Holi

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai March 4th 2012

By Polona A day after Jan's birthday it was time to leave Goa. Honestly, if it were up to the two of us we could easily persuade each other to stay there till the end of the trip. Not that it was that awesome, it was just that simple. But I am not sure how fun that would have been for Brane. So after seeing Old Goa we were waiting for the night bus to take us all to Mumbai. This was our first overnight bus in India...and I swear the last one as well (he, he...I can swear now, that we already have tickets for an overnight train to Delhi, which is our last long journey on this trip, so HA!). Looking forward to catching some sleep on the cosy double bed that was waiting ... read more
Mumbai washing area
Brane style!
The slum

Asia » India » Goa » Arambol February 29th 2012

Four years ago we moved to London and celebrated my birthday and a house warming all together. The leap year is around and it was again time for my birthday – my 8th! So after four years the 29th of February was back on the calendar! Which meant that after three years of two (or none at all) days for people to congratulate me I was finally looking forward to THE day! But it was not to be. My mum sent me an email two days earlier, on the 27th. At least from my mum I would expect it on the right day. But a day later it got even worse! Facebook, one of the biggest companies in the world, employing thousands upon thousand of geeks does not have a single person capable of figuring out ... read more
I am 8!
Girl? A girl you say?
The gifts displayed

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna February 20th 2012

by Polona After staying in Varkala for more than we intended (don't get me wrong, I am NOT complaining ) we finally got off our butts, packed our backpacks (again) and off we were to the train station on our way to Alappuzha or Alleppey, as they call it. Alappuzha is one of the spots where you can do boat tours around the backwaters and discover the numerous canals. They call Alappuzha the “Indian Venice”. I guess the similarities are there – people living surrounded by water, there are no roads, all the traffic takes place on the water, but I suppose that's where it ends. Yes, Venice are smelly too, but you can hardly say the smells are the same. You would understand if you have been there . You can take a whole day ... read more
Backwaters
One of many victims
No clue what it is?

Asia » India » Kerala » Varkala February 7th 2012

by Jan On our over-night trip from Madurai to Varkala we had a chance to finally try out the Indian trains. India is covered with a gigantic network of train treks which employs 1.6 million people – more than the number of all employed people in Slovenia. Most people we met bought a ticket for an AC2 train – an air-conditioned sleeper – with an argument that in lower classes you don't even get a sheet and a pillow. Well, we spent a few nights on buses where you don't even get a bed so we opted for a Sleeper fan class. When we entered the train and looked around we thought to ourselves “this isn't that bad” and it really wasn't. There are 72 beds in each carriage. Along the length of the train you ... read more
New favorite drink?
Stuff to buy
Varkala beach

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Madurai February 1st 2012

By Polona Arrival After blast of from Colombo airport we have hardly been mid air for half an hour, when the pilot announced that we should prepare for landing (hence also a really sad and small lunch we got on the aeroplane: pack of nuts and a small pack of apple juice, not impressed, not at all Sorry Umar, no new photos for you.).So an hour later we touched ground in India, more exactly at the Tiruchirapali airport. We were standing in line, to have our passports checked, when we noticed 2 rooms with glass doors and 2 beds in them: they were his and hers Entry refusal room. It kinda sends shivers down your spine when you are still waiting in line and we started thinking, how horrible it would be, if we got locked ... read more
Roof
Madurai temple(s)
Portrait no 1.

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province January 27th 2012

and Sri Lanka review (basic info) by Jan Whistle clean and with a delicious, cheap restaurant said the description of the Village Inn hotel in Unawatuna, a beach town on the South Coast of Sri Lanka. Well, the place was everything but that – the sink in our room looked like it is going to fall off any second now, the bathroom was in a mix of white and brown and the menu revealed prices high above the ones in restaurants next to the beach. We arrived late, after another all-dayer of trains, buses and tuk-tuks, we booked in advance so we stayed and started our beach adventure in Sri Lanka. Unawatuna was completely wiped out by the tsunami in 2004. There was nothing left and the whole city was re-built. The sad part is that ... read more
Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery
Our lobster dinner
Galle

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak January 18th 2012

By Polona After a week it was time to pack up and leave Uppuveli and “my husband” (the cook ). After checking with the boys, we left for the Trinco Railway station, only to find out that there are 2 trains daily heading to our destination (Hatton) – we already missed the first one and the next one was only in the evening. So, the best solution for us was to take a bus to Kandy (oh, no, no, no) and then switch buses to get to Hatton (and from there continue to our destination: Dalhousie, a village under Adam's Peak). We calculated we should arrive to Delhousie in the evening, boy, were we wrong. The bus from Trinco to Kandy took ages, even though it's only about 200km between the two. I think it took ... read more
Views from Adam's Peak
Views from Adam's Peak
The IGNORANT Russians

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Trincomalee January 14th 2012

by Jan Picture a nice, very quiet beach. Nobody bothering you, selling you useless and overpriced souvenirs and clothes. Add friendly locals, a great crowd of chilled out backpackers and amazing food! This, in a nutshell, is Uppuveli, a place where we spent a week, even if our intention was to stay only a few nights. When leaving Polonnaruwa we weren't even sure where we were going. When looking for a tuk-tuk we decided that we want to go to the train station and head to the east coast of Sri Lanka. West and South coast are the two main tourist attractions, while East is slowly recovering from the civil war which ended a few years ago. The area around Uppuveli was part of the fighting between the national army and the Tamil Tigers, so just ... read more
Fisherman on sea
Lunch break
Lunch break




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