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Travels “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

Striking Gold

INDIA | Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | Views [905]

By far the highlight of the trip so far has been the visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar. In fact it ranks highly amongst the best of any trip I have been on. I went there without a lot of knowledge about the place. It had been recommended to me ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Cross Border Conflict

INDIA | Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | Views [569]

There is a very nice comfortable airconditioned train running from Delhi to Amritsar. I was there on time, found the ticket counter without too much trouble and had a very pleasant relaxing trip - a morning paper, a bottle of water, a breakfast snack ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel


A rickshaw experience

INDIA | Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | Views [386]

Sitting at the bus stop listening to the noise of the car horns, the terrible loud music, the locals yelling at each other and on mobiles, smelling the stale piss and the pollution I was happy. I caught myself though, and remembered how the Australians ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


I've been to Bundi too

INDIA | Saturday, 20 Oct 2007 | Views [327]

Actually Bundi wasn't bad in terms of tourist etc., but I couldn't get the Redgum song out of my head as I checked around the various shops to find out about hiring a motorbike or a scooter to spend the day looking around the outskirts of Bundi. There ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Bundi

INDIA | Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | Views [309]

It was still very dark when the bus arrived in Bundi. I had met a Chilean couple on the way and we wandered towards the few dim lights in the city. There were two touts from guest houses waiting so we followed one of them to look at his rooms. This was ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Around Udaipur

INDIA | Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | Views [444]

I had slept well and woke up in good cheer. I had decided now that I would miss Pushkar because of the lost night and head off to Bundi to be there on time for the Deshalla festival. I had a lazy morning then took a long walk around the lake and through ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


There and Back again

INDIA | Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | Views [389]

I had a good nights sleep and felt like it was time to "push on" and so decided to visit one of the many travel agents that line the streets near where I was staying. But first a quick breakfast at a "German" Bakery that sold me ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures


Lal Ghat

INDIA | Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | Views [373]

I arrived quite early , and at that stage was very keen just to keep moving through heading north to Punjab. The train had been long and tiring but momentum was driving me onwards. I spent some time at the ticket office - but couldn't get the right connections ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing


A long train ride to Udaipur

INDIA | Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | Views [603]

I didn't want to hang around long in Mumbai - so headed off as soon as I had woken and showered to the reservation office to investigate getting ways of getting to Udaipur. I was staying in cobala and the walk to the office took me past 'The Oval' in ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Getting There -eventually

INDIA | Sunday, 14 Oct 2007 | Views [400]

After three weeks at home I was starting to feel settled again... well almost. I was surprisingly nervous about leaving this time, being away for so long and a lot of the time on my own. So a few days of sad goodbyes and the inevitable "am I doing ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


The trip home

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | Views [346]

We slept well at the Raddison, had a long breakfast and then took the shuttle into the Santiago. We were surprised by how deserted everything looked and later discovered that the whole country goes on holiday at that time of year and only food and hospitality ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Winding Down

PERU | Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | Views [368]

The next couple of days were really just winding down and getting ready to head home. Macchu Picchu had been the climax of the trip and we were happy and tired. On the 17th I wasn't feeling very well and spent the morning recovering in our room while ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Macchu Picchu

PERU | Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 | Views [417]

So this was the day we had been waiting for - and the main reason we had chosen this part of the world for the current trip. Our visit to the Inca City Macchu Picchu. We arose at 5:00 to walk to the top , though a noisy neighbour (obviously happy with ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Hot Waters

PERU | Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 | Views [378]

Apart from trekking, the only way to get to Macchu Picchu is to take the tourist train from Cusco to a small tourist town at the base of the mountain called Aguas Calientes, which I understand translates to Hot Waters. We had booked the train well ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


The Sacred Valley

PERU | Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | Views [367]

There is much more to area around Cusco than Macchu Picchu - the Inca's called the area the Sacred Valley and there are many other buildings and relics etc. The one which seemed the most interesting to us was Pisac - an Inca village on a hillside. We ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Back to Cusco

PERU | Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | Views [366]

It was a restless sleepness night at the Colonial Hotel and we weren't in particularly good cheer when we boarded the early morning bus "out of there". It was a long and mainly uneventful bus ride back to Peru, changing busses in Puno which ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Yumani

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | Views [672]

The little village at the top of the "Incan Stairway" is called Yumani - it is picturesque with lovely views across to the Isla del Mond and beyond to the mountains in Bolivia. After the long trek the previous day and with the altitude and ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Trek to Isla del Sol

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | Views [368]

We had a long interesting trek (about 17k) from Copabana to Yampupate from where we planned to catch a boat across to the Isla del Sol (Island of the sun) where apparently the first Inca rose out of a stone. We passes through a couple of small villages ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Puno to Bolivia

BOLIVIA | Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | Views [394]

Breakfast was included in the room price at Don Julio and was the best we had had for a long time - and we felt it worth the extra money. After a misunderstanding with a bicycle rickshaw driver that saw us dropped at the wrong place - we got a taxi ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


The missing Condors

PERU | Sunday, 9 Sep 2007 | Views [380]

We took a local bus in the morning to a lookout quite close to the "Cruz de Condor" lookout where it was anticipated that we may be able to see some condors. It was a beautiful peaceful place and we sat around for about an hour - no condors ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


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