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Life and Death in Varanasi

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“Don’t go to Varanasi.” That’s what we’d been told by a few people we’d met on our trip. “You’ll either love it or hate it,” others had said. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. Filthy, smoggy, the traffic is insane – it makes New Delhi seem like The Cotswolds. But it is one of, if not the most mesmerising and unforgettable…

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Alipura

Alipura and the Kama Sutra Temples of Khajuraho

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Alipura is a small rural town in Madhya Pradesh. Around eighty percent of the Indian population live in small towns and villages like this one, so it was really great to visit another. We stayed in Alipura Palace which is over 150 years old and has been partially converted to a heritage hotel by descendants of the original ruling family. Staying here…

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The Taj Mahal

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One of the new seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is high on everyone’s list when visiting India. Out of everything to see in the country it wasn’t top of our list, but we went and stood in the queue in the dark to be there for the sunrise anyway.

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The Pink City of Jaipur

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Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state, is an amazing, colourful city, with chaotic streets and lively bazaars. Camels and elephants share the roads with scooters and cycle rickshaws. In the hills, the remains of palaces and forts show the splendour of the city’s ancient royal past.

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Chai tea seller

New Delhi and No Signs of a Bad Belly

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Namaste India! This one has been on the bucket list for a long time. We arrived to an extremely smoggy New Delhi late at night and the next day set out to try some of our favourite cuisine. 

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Rice Terraces and Hill Tribes in Sapa

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Sapa is a town in the mountains of North Vietnam, originally a hill station for the French in 1922, now a base for trekking in the surrounding countryside through cascading rice terraces and small hill-tribe villages.

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Back in Hanoi Where it all Began

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In May 2014 we set off on our first long-term adventure, 7 months travelling through South East Asia and on to New Zealand. We started that trip by flying straight into Hanoi and it was a hot, crazy, noisy, intense sensory overload, where our love affair with Vietnamese food began. Returning two and a half years later we were intrigued…

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Vang Vieng – The Former Party Capital of Asia

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The tubing haven of Vang Vieng in central Laos is an example of tourism gone wrong. This sleepy town on the Nam Song River became a famous party mecca for backpackers, who would float down the river on inner tubes, stopping off at bars along the way. Drunk revellers would dive into the river from rope swings and down the…

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Visiting COPE in Vientiane, Laos

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We missed out Laos on our last trip, it was monsoon season and we decided to go to Myanmar instead, so we were happy to get the time to fit it in on this trip. There wasn’t a lot to do in the capital Vientiane, but an interesting place to visit is the COPE centre. About a twenty minute walk…

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Mexico City: Street Food, Lucha Libre and Teotihuacan

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What better way to finish off five months in Latin America than a few days in Mexico City. We had three things to tick off the list – sampling the delicious street food, visiting Arena Mexico to watch some Lucha Libre wrestling and a trip to the pyramids of Teotihuacan.

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