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Mark's World Tour 2007-08

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Days 66 & 67: The long road to Singapore

Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | Views [1002]

Thursday 10th & Friday 11th January I checked out of the hotel and took a rickshaw to Varkala Station, where I caught the 10.30 train to Trivandrum, and onwards to the airport, getting there at 12.00. My flight was scheduled to leave for Mumbai ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Day 65: My last proper day in India

Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | Views [679]

Wednesday 9th January I was gradually feeling better as each day passed but still didn't feel like doing a whole lot. The morning and early afternoon were spent eating, reading and emailing. I met Jamie & Rhonda along the cliff edge path and had ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 64: Feeling better

Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | Views [753]

Tuesday 8th January I woke feeling better than the day before but still felt the need for more R&R: rest and reading. I spent the morning emailing and that took me up to lunchtime. I finished the book I had been reading, a book called 'Tell Me ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 63: A cold at the beach....what's that all about?

Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | Views [704]

Monday 7th January The night had been a long, uncomfortable one, and I spent most of it alternating between shivering and sweating, only falling off to sleep after what seemed like a few hours. I had decided the night before that I probably wasn't ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 62: First day in Varkala

Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | Views [1020] | Comments [1]

Sunday 6th January After a decent kip, I had breakfast at the guesthouse before heading out onto the beach to get some sun. It is noticeably warmer in Varkala than it had been in Goa, which itself was very warm at times. The sun is also more intense, ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Day 61: Getting nowhere fast in Kerala

Saturday, 5 Jan 2008 | Views [818]

Saturday 5th January I had planned out my route to Varkala, and it was to involve two bus journeys with a boat trip through the famous Keralan 'Backwaters' in between. So, not the most direct of trips, but it would give me the chance to see some beautiful ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 60: Tea and spice and all things nice!

Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | Views [1955]

Friday 4th January The day started off early, as Anja and I got up to watch the sunrise over the edge of the park where we were staying. There was the usual heavy mist rolling over the grasslands and the forest, but little sign of any ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Day 59: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | Views [921]

Thursday 3rd January The night was a cold one, similar to those I experienced in the north of the country at the start of the trip, so my sleep wasn’t the most comfortable. After breakfast, Anja and I bought tickets for entry into the Periyar Wildlife ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Day 58:From Cochin to Kumily

Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | Views [2059]

Wednesday 2nd January I was up at 07.00, packed my bag and got on the ferry from Fort Cochin to Ernakulam, then got the 10.30 bus to Kumily. I was told the journey would take about six hours, but just hoped that we would get there at least before sunset.... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 57: New Year's Day

Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | Views [640]

Tuesday 1st January Fort Cochin is famous for the Chinese fishing nets that line the shoreline at the north end of the peninsula, so I took a walk along the seafront pathway after breakfast to see what was going on there, take some photos and look ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Day 56: New Year's Eve

Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | Views [1163]

Monday 31st December After a good nights sleep, I made a few phone calls to see which hotels in Fort Cochin had free roos for the following two nights. I presumed that there would be more going on in terms of New Year celebrations in the old ... Read more >

Tags: Party time


Day 55: Moving onwards to Kerala

Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | Views [737]

Sunday 30th December I managed to get a few decent hours sleep. The earplugs once again did a good job, taking the edge off the snoring coming from a bunch of guys in the bunks opposite me. I knew the train wouldn't arrive in Ernakulam until after ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 54: Back on the road again

Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 | Views [673]

Saturday 29th December The time had come for me to pack up my stuff and hit the road again. I had been in Goa for two and a half weeks, had a wonderful time and felt properly recovered from the busy period of travel that I had through Rajasthan ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 53: Maximum R 'n R

Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | Views [683]

Friday 28th December It was my last full day in Goa before I got back on the road the following day for the final leg of my Indian adventure. Although I will no doubt be spending a lot more time on beaches over the course of my world tour, I hoped ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 52: A busier day...but still very lazy

Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | Views [719]

Thursday 27th December After breakfast, I decided to head into Palolem again and take another look around the shops. I walked in and back to get some exercise, having done little walking over the last week or so. There wasn't much of interest but ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 51: Boxing Day

Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | Views [614]

Wednesday 26th December I knew it was almost time to hit the road again, so I spent the early part of the day trying to book an onward train ticket to Kerala, where I was planning to spend the last leg of my time in India. This was to prove a complete ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 50: Christmas Day

Tuesday, 25 Dec 2007 | Views [842]

Tuesday 25th December I woke up to the sunniest, warmest, most beachy Christmas morning I had ever seen. Although it was really just another lazy day in Goa, it was weird to think that it was Christmas and that everyone back home would be exchanging ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 49: Christmas Eve

Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [750]

Sunday 24th December After breakfast, I set off once again for Palolem to get a present for one of the girls in the group, after we decided it would be a laugh to do Secret Santa. There wasn't a huge choice, even if we weren't buying within a budget, ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 48: A visit to Palolem

Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 | Views [737]

Monday 23rd December I was awoken by the sound of Pete knocking on the door of my hut, a surprise in itself given that Pete hadn't made it up before lunchtime (a generous estimation, I might add) the last two days due to a severe bout of jetlag.... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 47: Chilling on Patnem Beach

Saturday, 22 Dec 2007 | Views [756]

Sunday 22nd December The days seem to get lazier and lazier in Goa, and the heat of the day always makes me feel tired, even if I haven't been doing very much (or because of it). Even after a day spent swimming, lying on the beach and eating leaves ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 46: A Goan feast

Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | Views [611]

Friday 21st December The hut in which I am staying is less shaded that the one in Agonda, so it hot up quicker in the mornings, making it less comfortable to lie on later than 10am. Which is a great pity, I do like a snooze. However, I don’t feel overly ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Day 45: Onwards to Patnem to meet Pete

Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | Views [704]

Thursday 20th December I got up earlier than I had done during the rest of my stay in Agonda; 9am is a quite early for a beach bum, or at least the kind of beach bum I have become. I wanted to get to Patnem as soon as possible as I hate to hang around ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 44: An overcast day in Agonda

Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | Views [595]

Wednesday 19th December I got up to find that there was quite a lot of cloud in the sky, making the day the coolest since I had got to Mumbai the week before. But, it was still very comfortable, and only about the second day since I had been in India ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 43: My first yoga class in India

Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | Views [702]

Tuesday 18th December Having spent the morning struggling to send a few emails – due to power cuts and problems with the internet connection that are frustratingly regular occurrences in Goa – I set off for the beach to have a swim and try and work ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 42: A warm, sunny winters day at the beach

Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | Views [760]

Monday 17th December After spending some time on the beach, I got out of the intense heat of the midday sun and had some lunch in the same place that I had been the night before to watch the football. It had a good, relaxing atmosphere, and I got ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


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