I think I’ve experienced “culture shock” twice in my life. The first time was when I was 14 and went on a plane for the first time in my life to India. It was actually the first time for me out of England, unless you count a day trip to Calais to buy beer, a … Continue reading Culture shocked in Kazakhstan
Cycle trip movies: Part 1
Maybe you think that we are having non stop fun on this cycle trip of ours? Maybe you think everyday is an amazing adventure or something like that? The truth is that some amazing things have happened but do they happen everyday? No. The only thing that happens everyday is that we need to wash … Continue reading Cycle trip movies: Part 1
The Taj Mahal, mangoes and slowly roasting to death
If, like me, you have Indian ancestry then chances are you would have grown up with a Taj Mahal somewhere in your house. Not a real one of course. It would typically take the form of a photograph hanging in your living room, a painting/illustration, a copper plate with the Taj Mahal image etched into … Continue reading The Taj Mahal, mangoes and slowly roasting to death
Cycling in the Himalaya? Impossible.
In October 2013 Frouke and I were in the Mexican city of San Cristobal de las Casas. San Cristobal, or Saint Christopher, is the patron saint of travelers, so it is fitting that it was here that we met a couple of travelers who I often think about, especially on this trip. We were walking … Continue reading Cycling in the Himalaya? Impossible.
Did that really happen?
Last week I was talking with Frouke and the owner of the homestay (Sanjay) where we were staying in Kalimpong. The conversation somehow went round to when Leicester City won the Premiership in 2015. Frouke is not really into football but she does remembers me going on about some underdog winning something and it was … Continue reading Did that really happen?