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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong January 10th 2010

Well, we can't believe that it's been 2 years since our last big adventure. India is still so fresh in our minds. We're heading back to Asia and this time we're travelling though Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia with a quick stop-over in Istanbul. So many places to look forward to and so many new people to meet. It should be a lot of fun and above all..... no snow. As before, I'll try not to bore you with hundreds of inane photos and endless ramblings. Short and simple. If you're not interested please feel free to remove your address from the list. Feel free to leave comments on the blog and you can email us at if you need to contact us. See you all soon and enjoy the winter. We started our tour ... read more
Reclining Buddha
Royal Palace, Bangkok
Royal Palace, Bangkok

Well, after the hectic hustle and chaos of India, we thought that we would have a nice relaxing holiday this year. We're jetting off to Costa Rica this time and with everything that we've seen and heard, it should be a trip to remember. To start with there was the earthquake a week before we left. Luckily it was strong, but there wasn't much damage. Hopefully it will set off some activity in the volcanoes. The flight down went through the States and that was a nightmare way to begin the holiday. Border and immigration checks were tough due to the fact that it was the inauguration of Obama the day we travelled. ... read more
Sunset 2
Foggy morning surfers
The long walk

Asia » India April 22nd 2008

Here are some more photos that never got on to the blog. Hope you enjoy them. These are the ones from the GAP Tour of South India.... read more
Fort Kochi Street Scene
Paddling to Market
Toddy Tapper

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto April 22nd 2008

We're home and it feels good. We've travelled half way around the world and arrived back safely. We've seen places we'll always remember and things that we can't forget. We've had great times and tough times. But all of these things are part of the travel experience. Without the bad times the good times wouldn't have been so enjoyable. Without the friends, the the places would have been less interesting. Part of travelling is walking into the unknown and coming out the other side with something that will change your perspective on the world. We want to thank everyone who made this trip more enjoyable. Our guide Charles, driver Raj and all our fellow tourists on the GAP tour. Tariq at Incredible India in Delhi. Raj II, our driver in Rajasthan. A.K. and her fabulous family ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 21st 2008

Well, so much for relaxing. This is more intense than India. Jetting in from the sub-continent our feet had barely touched the ground in London before we were wisked off to Liverpool by Doug and Nancy and forced to watch a football match between Everton and Chelsea. Oh well ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Seriously though it was fantastic. My first Premiership game and my first Chelsea game all in one. I LOVED it, right up until Chelsea scored. We were sitting in the Everton supporters stand and I was nearly beaten up for cheering the goal. I was warned not to cheer, but I never would have believed the reaction that I got. Oh well, still alive. While we were up in Liverpool, our friend Karen and her hubby Mark took good care ... read more
Everton 0 - Chelsea 1
LesGirl and Karen on top of the world.
'Pool from the top of the Cathedral.

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai April 15th 2008

We're back in Mumbai. This time to stay a little longer than the 2 hours we spent here 5 weeks ago. Mumbai is a bit of an enigma. It's a big Indian city but it's a lot different than others like Delhi and Chennai. It's cleaner, more modern and there are more western stye shops and hotels. In some ways this is good, you can get an espresso or a salad. In some ways it's not so good, there are McDonald's, Nike and Pizza Huts. Things that were not what I was looking for from my India experience. Still it is what it is and that too is India. A country on the verge of changing drastically, forever. So in a sense Mumbai is India in a nutshell, Indian values coming face to face with western ... read more
Taj Mahal Hotel
Lunch on the waterfront.
Unique housing solutions.

Asia » India » Gujarat » Ahmedabad April 11th 2008

We've left Rajastan now and we've decided to head south again. The trouble with travelling in India is that you can never do anything on the spur of the moment. You have to plan everything days in advance. Not much fun if you want to change plans on a whim. Going from Udaipur we wanted to go to a resort area called Diu in the south of Gujarat. Well that would have taken over 24 hours by train so we thought let's go somewhere else. The trains all had waiting lists and the flights were too expensive so we took the bus. We thought that a sleeper bus would be a good idea. The problem was that it didn't have a toilet and there was only one stop, 3 1/2 hours into the trip. Add that ... read more
Street food in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad Market
Mall in Baroda

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur April 9th 2008

Our trek through Rajastan is over. We did the final leg from Jhodpur to Udaipur by way of a magnificent Jain Temple. The temple has over a thousand columns, every one different. Although it would be more impressive if they had all been identical. The Jains are the ultra orthodox hindus and they don't like shorts in the temple. So I had to rent a lovely pair of pants. The best part was that they charged me a 2 dollar deposit so that I would bring them back. I brought them back. Udaipur is a beautiful city with lots of windy backstreets that you could get lost in and not care. Tiny little shops that were no larger than a cupboard and yet they were not only a shop but usually the bedroom as well.The floating ... read more
Lesley having a religious experience.
Relaxing in style.
Fabulous Jain temple.

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur April 8th 2008

We're quite sore after the previous days events, but like the troopers we are we got back in the car and headed off to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is a beautiful fort that is tragically sinking into the desert. It's 500 years old and the sewer system isn't capable of handling the pressure of 25% of the city's population living inside it's walls. So, the foundations of the city are being eroded away by the waste water. What a shame. The inner city is as close as we've come to actually feeling like we're back in the time of the Maharajas. Tight winding little streets, more like alleys that twist around and wind backwards until you have no clue where you are. Houses that are 3 and 4 hundred years old. Fantastic. The next day we moved on ... read more
The narrow streets of Jaisalmer.
Shopping with a friend.

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer April 7th 2008

We were getting deeper and deeper into the desert now. I'd never seen India so barren of people. Everywhere else it was wall to wall bodies. Now we were driving 10 to 20 kms between seeing a soul. The goats outnumbered the people 100 to 1. The people were changing as well. There were turbans on the men and wildly colourful saris on the women. Even the camels were getting in on the action with ornate saddles and bright beads around their necks and legs. We're on our way to something that Lesley is thrilled about and I'm not looking forward to as much. A camel safari. It's not that I'm afraid of camels, it's just that I'd heard so many horror stories about their constant farting and spitting. Well, mine didn't spit, that's all I'm ... read more
She can take the weight.
Where are the brakes on this thing.

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