Around Burma

Again, I have been having a trawl through our videos to update my fading memories.  To be honest the footage from around Burma was far from awesome. The only video I could find from Mandalay was Buzz jumping off a pile of stones beside some roadworks. Riveting stuff. Nonetheless, I cobbled together a couple of […]

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Accountant General's Office, Yangon

Highlights of Yangon – Mouldy old buildings and really cheap gin

For reasons of both laziness and logistics, we ended up spending a fair bit of time wandering around Yangon. And, while it is not exactly Paris or New York, it was a pretty pleasant place to potter around in. Mouldy buildings and really cheap gin might not be much of a draw for many, however, […]

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Myanmar flag

Oh Burma – Where did we go wrong?

I don’t think I have ever been as excited to visit anywhere, as I was to visit Burma. As we left Nepal I was giddy with anticipation, spending our stopover in Bangkok immersed in travellers’ tales and fawning over spectacular images of the Bagan temples and golden roofs of glistening pagodas. I also have to […]

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Catching night buses in Burma

It is an annoying reality of backpacking in Burma, but if you want to do any kind of long-distance travel you will find that you will probably be doing it on a bus, at night.  Luckily, surviving night buses in Burma is an easy task. You may be surprised to learn that we found ourselves […]

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Series – The downsides of long-term travel

Number two – Getting sick on the road Shit happens. We all know that. Shit can happen on your commute to work, or while you are cooking dinner or even while you sleep.  However, while shit happens to all of us, our ways of trying to cope with the uncertainties of life vary enormously. Some […]

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Boat Don Khone

Series – The downsides of long-term travel

This week I have had a few days of space to sit back and reflect on my recent travels.  Most of this reflection has been really positive and has led to the furious writing down of ideas and making of lists. However, I have also been thinking a lot about the downsides of long-term travel, […]

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Sarangkot to Pokhara trek

Here there be tygers – trekking down from Sarangkot

Realising that we had neither the time nor the energy to manage the Poon Hill trek, we set our sights on the village of Sarangkot, which sits on a hill just above Pokhara. You can easily locate Sarangkot from the ground by the endless stream of paragliders that launch from the hillside just underneath it. […]

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Australian camp Nepal

Mission: Trekking to Australian Camp with the kids

Stage one – Planning There are a myriad of treks out of Pokhara but few are suitable for small children, and there isn’t a lot of information out there about what is. I considered Poon Hill and Panchase before eventually doing what I should have done in the first place and just asking a trekking […]

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Lake Phewa Pokhara

Poking about in Pokhara

By the time we had landed in Kathmandu I was the only one who wasn’t sick. Even though we overcame the gridlocked route to our guest house through the power of stiff upper lips and gritted sphincters, the situation went from bad to worse as the famous Kathmandu atmosphere decided to take Spud’s respiratory system […]

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Himalayan Queen Shimla

Shits and Giggles at Delhi Airport

The quickest way I know to shift a few surplus pounds is to go on holiday to India. Indeed I would argue that it can be cheaper and requires less effort than a week at a bootcamp. The short bursts of speed required when locating the nearest available loo are pretty much the only exercise […]

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