Author Archives: Richard

Alleppey: Kerala, India

Rather than head north from Palolem, up the coast to Margaon train station from where we’d booked our onward journey to Kochi (aka Cochin), we instead took a  taxi south to meet the train at it’s first stop, mainly to give … Continue reading

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Palolem: Goa, India

So it feels like we’ve cheated.  Slipped off the wagon.  Turned to the tourist dark side, and started doing things the easy way.  The throw money at the problem way.  The way where you arrive by way of slightly battered … Continue reading

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Hampi, Karnataka State, India

Having recently posted about the highs and lows of Indian train travel (overwhelmingly biased in favour of highs), there were wry smiles as we skirted the prostrate bodies in Bangalore’s Station entrance hall, shoved through the scrum of people to … Continue reading

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Indian Train Travel

There were, there still are, a whole heap of posts I want to write about the minutiae of our 2011 RTW, but of them all, Indian train travel sits right atop the pile.  Sadly life’s tracks tend to keep itinerant minds metaphorically … Continue reading

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Koh Lanta, Thailand

Part two of our little Thailand trip, lamentably delayed… With time on our side we’d have favoured the 12 hour overland route from Bangkok to Krabi province to see a bit of the countryside, but as this time it wasn’t … Continue reading

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A few days in Bangkok…

The last time I was in Bangkok was 1997, and since then they’ve built a shiny new airport and sky-train, both fairly immediate indications that the Bangkok of today is a far more modern place than hazy recollection and warped … Continue reading

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Itinerant Lee’s Laugh in Face of Foreign Office

So here we go again! It’s goodbye autumnal chills, flat grey skies and dark commutes, hello Asian spices, smiling faces, and tropical beaches. Or so we thought… As it turns out, we were perhaps a touch optimistic when reading that … Continue reading

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Last stop…New York (on a budget)

And so after nearly 5 months on the road, we prepared to be a part of it, steeled ourselves not to sleep, and stepped with our vagabond shoes towards the final destination of our trip…New York, New York. Foiling our first night … Continue reading

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Cozumel & Playa del Carmen

As we flip-flopped into the last week or so of our two months in Central America, we’d decided that a bit of beach time and tan work was in order, so headed towards Isla de Cozumel.  Cozumel is half an … Continue reading

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Valladolid, a couple of hours inland from the coast, is another Mexian town borne in the colonial mould, and somewhere we hoped would provide a more authentic antidote to tourist orientated Tulum.  What was immediately obvious as we stepped off the … Continue reading

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