Travel in India: The Inconvenient Truth

Travel is awesome. It’s an experience, it’s an education. BUT!… it’s not always fun & games… particularly in India! There is no arguing that the subcontinent offers some of the world’s greatest sights & experiences, but India also throws up some difficult challenges that might have you questioning if it’s all worth it?! Culture shock may need to take on a new name in India because it is another... Read More

Photo Friday: A Rainbow of Prayer

  Women offering prayers on the banks of the Ganges The Ganges. One of the most intense experiences. Most rewarding. Eye Opening. Hundreds of people praying and chanting on the river’s banks, bathing in it, washing sin away from the deceased with its holy waters. Cows, dogs, children, men, women… everyone coming together at the river for every reason imaginable. This group of women really caught my eye, they were sitting with their... Read More

Photo Friday: Son of a Sonamarg Shepherd

  A mature young shepherd leading his herd   On our trek through the Kashmiri Himalayas we saw lots of hardened youngsters, punching well above the weight in maturity. This young shepherd was one of the toughest though. He was helping his father lead their herd of goats through the valley, wearing shoes 4 sizes to big & a heavy sack slung over his shoulder. It was sad to see a child doing such wearisome work at such a young age. The... Read More

Photo Friday: Street Games in Seoul

  Passing by the hours with some street games in Seoul   One hot afternoon in Seoul, South Korea, this group of old-timers caught our attention yelling and giving high-fives over this very serious game of Chinese chess!    Read More

Photo Friday: Seoul’s Deoksu Palace

  The guarded gates of Deoksu Palace in Seoul, South Korea   Outside Seoul’s Deoksu Palace, the guards were dressed in traditional wear for the tourists to’ OooO’ and ‘Aahhh’ at. None the less they performed a small ceremony and we had a brief glance at what Seoul was like so many years ago. Far different from the overcrowded, busy streets that make up the bustling city now!    Read More

Photo Friday: Cute Kid Covered in Color

  A cute kid covered head to toe in color!   One thing India has plenty of is C O L O R. From saris to spices, temples to tacky decorations, it’s no secret that Indians love their color & Hindus love their color festivals. Our experience was on Ganesh‘s birthday when a random guy dragged us into the middle of this fun but messy event in Bikaner. Singing, dancing & COLOR all following a truck blazing music down the... Read More

Photo Friday: A Sherpa Tribute

Determination at its best! Sherpas make the Everest Region come alive and give the word ‘determination’ an entirely new meaning. So generous and kind-hearted, and so often taken advantage of. They take great pride in mountaineering, and ever since tourism boomed, mountaineering has become their livelihood. Living at high altitudes gives them a unbelievable advantage to ferry supplies up and down the mountain, set up camps, and lug equipment... Read More

Our Top 10 Indian Experiences

  Our Top 10 Experiences in India   10. Floating on a small canoe past the burning bodies at the crowded ghats of the mighty Ganges River.   Every fire is a different cremation… 9. Taking our first steps onto the luxurious houseboat, floating on beautiful Dal Lake surrounded by mountains & silence.   Gazing out onto gorgeous Dal Lake 8. Jungle Johnnie’s slice of paradise, indulging in western comforts,visiting the... Read More

The Beautifully Dirty Ganges

India never let me down, wherever I turned, everyday I spent there– I witnessed the most shocking sites, and Varanasi certainly didn’t let me down. Thanks to the The Ganges. The holiest, dirtiest, most-used river in the world. A whole lot of titles to claim for one very brown river! The walk along the riverside ghats or the short canoe ride past the ghats is unreal. At one ghat women and men are busy beating their clothes clean, piles... Read More

Korean Tastes: 5 Day Markets

You will find 5 Day Markets in every big city and small rural town across South Korea. They’re exactly what they sound like too, big buzzing markets that come every 5 days. They have 3 or 4 different locations and rotate through their chosen sites. They’re full of fresh vegetables, a huge assortment of fruit, seafood, pots  & pans, shirts, shoes… anything and everything.   Korean Grandmother's are hard as nails working... Read More

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