A video of my travels through Agra, Varanasi and Kolkata
Not many tourists go to Kolkata. I only met one other foreigner who had been there and there was only one hostel in the whole city but I knew I wanted to go. When you do a Google search there are even articles that come up titled ‘reasons why you should never go to Kolkata’ but it turned out to have my favourite chaotic streets of any of India’s mega cities that I’d been to.
Varanasi was the place that I imagined I would find India’s intriguing spirituality and most interesting of characters and I was not wrong. The city, with its holy people, it’s rituals, it’s maddening traffic, it’s delicious street food, it’s suffocating alleyways and it’s annoyingly frustrating boat touts and rickshaw drivers, was my favourite place yet.
That big, beautiful, white building that sits next to the pyramids on most travel posters. The one thing you can’t leave India without seeing. The Taj Mahal. I was very excited to see it but I did wonder if perhaps it might not be as grand as I’d imagined after seeing so many pictures of … Continue reading Seeing the Taj: take one and two
They call it Happy Hampi and I could definitely see why. It was a laidback village amidst a bizarre landscape of giant boulders and ancient temples. It reminded me a lot of Petra in Jordan where you weren’t really restricted as to where you could go and you could scramble up boulders and hills to … Continue reading Happy Hampi
When tourists think of southern India they think of Kerala and it’s famous backwaters, palm trees, beaches and laidback attitude. It’s the place where you can forget for a while that you are in a country with over one billion people; it’s quieter and more relaxed than other places on the subcontinent. I spent a … Continue reading Kerala: God’s own country
Colonialism has left a bad mark on many countries in the world and Bolivia is no exception. It was subjected to harsh Spanish rule, like most of the continent, from 1545 until 1825. Bolivia became Spain's most valuable possession in South America as silver was discovered in the Cerro Rico (rich hill) in Potosi. They … Continue reading The “mountain that eats men”
Bogota, Quito, Lima, La Paz; these big South American cities are usually seen from the taxi to and from the airport. Most travellers spend little time in them generally because of high crime rates, chaotic traffic and dirty streets, and I too only spent a couple of days in each until I landed in Nuestra … Continue reading Our Lady of Peace aka La Paz
The indigenous people believe that the sun was created on Lake Titicaca and and you could definitely feel the strength of its rays on the largest high altitude lake in the world at 3808m. Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia and is now the main crossing point for backpackers between the two … Continue reading The birthplace of the sun
The famous Inca Trail. The popular Machu Picchu. How good could it actually be after all that I'd already seen? Exceptionally good as it turns out and one of the highlights of my entire trip. I'd booked the four day trek six months in advance as required, because the permits often sell out due to … Continue reading The Inca Trail
I moved further south on the Pan-American highway and stopped at Ecuador's third largest city called Cuenca. It easily kept me busy for days. My first full day there I took a 9am bus to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador, Ingapirca. It was a two hour bus journey through the mountains and small villages … Continue reading History, hiking and a festival in Cuenca