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: 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: Life in Laos

  A Farmer in Laos Life in Laos is simple to say the least. There is nothing but farmland & fishing villages throughout this captivating country. We took this shot just outside Champasak in southern Laos while motorbiking around the dirt tracks alongside the Mekong. The sights and scenery as we rode through the rice fields & hills was stunning, & this was a particularly picturesque moment.    Read More

Story #5: Diamond in the Rough

Story #5: Diamond in the Rough I definitely saved the best for last. The Grand Finale. All About Thavi. After meeting Thavi I decided I was going to find and buy some sort of  protective bubble to keep him in, far away from all the mean people in the world. He’s the sort of guy that you love to be around. The kind of guy who is so nice, some people might take advantage of him because he’d just roll along with it avoiding confrontation.... Read More

Story #4: Living on $3.00

Story #4: Living on $3.00 We ate most of our meals in one reliable restaurant. When we go to a new city of course we try to find new places to eat at everyday, but at the same time we find ourselves going back to the same restaurant once or twice a day. I like the chance of getting to know the staff and when you find something you love why leave it? In one particular restaurant we had the same server every single time. He was there serving breakfast... Read More

Story #3: Slum or Orphanage?

Story #3: Slum or Orphanage? After the past few days hanging out on the street with the homeless girl and her mom, and getting told we should die because we wouldn’t buy books from children– we both agreed we should try to do a little something to help out, somewhere. We’d heard through the grapevine that orphanages in Phnom Penh are in desperate need for tourist funding. Our amazing & very reliable tuk-tuk driver Thavi,... Read More

Story #2: Kids & the F-Bomb

This is your warning, when in Cambodia don’t buy books from the kids. Learn from our mistake. Please, save yourselves. Ok, ok, ok, I know buying books from the kids who walk around with a basket busting of different knocked off reads isn’t a good idea. Yea, yea, it supports child labor and all that jazz. When I think about the money situation their families must be in, when they’re desperate enough to make their 10-year-old son/daughter... Read More

Story #1: Happy & Homeless

The next 5 posts [from me] are each going to focus on 1 unique story, each happening in Phnom Penh, and each with a certain ‘WOW’ Factor. Enjoy.   Welcome to Phnom Penh.  A city that offers everything from towering sky scrapers with suit and tie workers hurrying in & out to bug stands & a noticeable growing divide between the rich and poor. Coming to Cambodia after our stay in Laos, I didn’t expect to be so shocked.... Read More

Poverty and Massacres: The Beauty of Phnom Pehn?!

We left the baron Ban Lung for the capital city, Phnom Penhn, on what turned out to be the WORST bus ride ever!! We had to wait for 3 hours on the main road to the capital because lorries we slipping off the road!! Finally though, with some pretty crazy driving to make up time, our bus arrived at about 9pm. Our first conscious hours in Phnom Pehn were spent with our usual initial wanderings. We ambled down the main streets, hitting a market... Read More

Ban Lung: Cambodia in the face!

US Dollars in hand, we got our visas at the Laos-Cambodia border & stopped off in Stung Treng before our final bus to Ban Lung in the North West of Cambodia. Cambodia’s currency is Riel, 4000 of which equals $ 1, … bloody inflation hey !?… but for reasons I do not truly understand they much prefer to deal in dollars, which did mean Nicky could at last understand a currency without asking me how much every item was!!! Ban Lung... Read More

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