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Day 173 - Thank you India

INDIA | Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | Views [380] | Comments [1]

So, just as I did when I left SE Asia, some thoughts on my journey through the most sensual, crazy, contrasting and unique country in the world. We coined an acronym - T.I.I - This is India. As many a shop keeper would tell us - ‘In India, Madame, anything ... Read more >

Days 167 - 172 - International Shakti Group (minus one) on tour

INDIA | Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | Views [495]

Having escaped the cosmicness & clean living of Rishikesh, we decided that Delhi was about living it up - shopping, eating & drinking. I enlisted the help of my friend Badris who I’d met in Dharamsala & lives in Delhi. After a couple of ... Read more >

Days 158 - 166 The return to Rishi-la-la land*

INDIA | Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 | Views [814] | Comments [2]

I was super excited to be heading back to Rishikesh - I’d had such a great time there, and although they say you should never go back, I was keen to head back to the yoga school to see my friends graduate from their courses. I arrived back on the ... Read more >

Day 153 - ‘Mangooooo, Watermelonnnnnn, Pine-APPLE, Coconut. MADAME. Watermelon!’

INDIA | Monday, 6 Apr 2009 | Views [590]

So, there comes a time in every relationship where there’s that difficult conversation. And I’m afraid that we’ve got to that point. "So Claire, where are you now?" "Well, Mel & I are in Kerala at the moment" "And how’s ... Read more >

Day 141 - a typical Rishi day

INDIA | Monday, 6 Apr 2009 | Views [355]

So I thought I’d use this entry to give you an idea of a typical day on my yoga course. The alarm will go off at about 7.30 (I know, it’s like being at WORK), then Lindsey & I first have to do our purification (kriya) yoga. We start off with ... Read more >

Days 123-130 - from Delhi to Dalai

INDIA | Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | Views [617] | Comments [1]

My arrival in India, and my first week has passed without too much of the India Culture shock. My trip from Mumbai to Delhi was fine - I’d arranged a pick up at the airport, and my guesthouse was a gorgeous little homestay - family run, with beautiful ... Read more >

Day 122 - On leaving SE Asia

THAILAND | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [320] | Comments [1]

Wow.   I’m sitting writing this in a coffee shop in Mumbai airport, waiting to check in for my flight to Delhi, and the start of my Indian adventure. This feels like a whole new trip - the confidence I’ve built up over the ... Read more >

The South East Asia playlist

THAILAND | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [1499] | Comments [1]

I like the way that hearing a particular song, or piece of music can instantly transport you to a particular place, or moment in time. Added to which, as many of you know, I sing constantly (despite being tuneless)   Throughout my ... Read more >

Days 108 - 121 - The return to Thailand

THAILAND | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [372] | Comments [1]

We had quite an adventurous trip back to Bangkok. First leg - longtail to the mainland and a minibus to Pakse. In classic Lao style, this all seemed to be rather more complicated than it needed to be. We were the last (naturally) in our minibus, ... Read more >

Days 103-108 - Lazy days in the 4000 islands

LAOS | Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [592]

Our final destination, the 4000 islands.   And what a beautiful place to end the SE Asia trip. The 4000 islands are situated within the Mekong river. At this point, it swells to almost 14km wide in the wet season, and as the rains have ... Read more >

Days 99-103 - The Journey to the South - continued

LAOS | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [472]

On Friday 13 th , we headed off on a trip to the Kong Lo cave - a 7km cave with underground river flowing through it. The setting was stunning - an aquamarine lagoon circled by more of the gothic limestone cliffs that Laos does so well. We’d come ... Read more >

Day 100 - Flashpacker no more

LAOS | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [428]

I’m hot, I’m tired, I’m dusty. My clothes are ruined with red dust, my hair is more tangle than smooth, and my eyes are filled with grit. I’ve spent 6 hours in the back of a pick up truck and I’m staying in a hut with a squat toilet and a shower to ... Read more >

Days 99-103 - The Journey to the South

LAOS | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [375]

Ever since I was planning this trip, Laos was the place I had been looking forward to the most. This stint of the journey was slightly more off the beaten track than the rest of our journey had been, which is something I was really looking forward to, ... Read more >

Day 96-98 Vientiane. The Paris of ummmm Laos

LAOS | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [543]

The following day, contrary to all my expectations, as the truck pulled up at our guesthouse, Ollie was already on board - in body certainly, but the spirit was lacking - 4 days of Vang Vieng had really taken it out of him, added to which he was suffering ... Read more >

Days 92-96 - In the Tube(ing)

LAOS | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [12929] | Comments [3]

Vang Vieng is unique. It’s possibly the weirdest place on earth. We arrived at about 4pm on the Wednesday - after a stunningly beautiful journey, arriving in Vang Vieng was a bit of a shock. Cos it reminded me of Blackpool. On this trip, we’d met ... Read more >

Day 89-92 Luang Prabang - Disney does Laos

LAOS | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [538] | Comments [1]

We decided not to just rely on the delicious cold hamburger for our evening meal, and once we’d found a guesthouse that wasn’t too extortionate, headed out into the town to check out what else we could found. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage ... Read more >

Days 86-89 Sapa. Or is it Switzerland?

VIETNAM | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [510]

Ollie and I decided to do a bit of a mission up to the mountains of Vietnam, close to the   Chinese border. Originally we planned to do a remote border crossing into Northern Laos, then travel down to Luang Prabang from there. When we actually looked ... Read more >

Days 81-85 - Hue & Hanoi - Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

VIETNAM | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [892]

(What is it with Vietnam and the letter H? It feels like every city has to begin with an H: Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi - you’d think they could have been a little more creative) Hue was just a short (4 hour) bus ride from Hoi An, so it ... Read more >

Day 78-80 - Tailoring, Wontons & Fresh Beer

VIETNAM | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [581]

The main reason you head to Hoi An is the tailoring, and who were we to be any different? Hoi An is absolutely FULL of tailor shops who can run up anything you like in a matter of hours. With the thought of trying to close my ever expanding backpack ... Read more >

A tribute to Vietnamese Coffee

VIETNAM | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [414]

Vietnam didn’t touch me in the way that Cambodia did - apart from in one area. The coffee We were first introduced to this wonderous beverage in Phu Quoc, when after a bleary eyed journey on the ferry we paused for a refreshment stop before ... Read more >

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