Does this make me a bad traveler?

So here I was soaking in my bathtub reading this book, The Speech Angel that I took from a friend’s library mostly because of the cover. It reminded me of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns except that this one is about India, Bombay in particular, whilst the latter is about Afghanistan. Now I wasn’t…

A case of selective amnesia

I have only hiked twice in my life. Both occasions were this year. You’d think the memory of the first hike would have been fresh enough to deter me from making any such attempts ever again. And there’s also that disappointment of glorious views promised that don’t materialize. Don’t mention the cold, or the treacherous…

Things we love about India

Wi-fi. It’s everywhere, faster than my work fixed line internet, and mostly free. The underground train system. The best way to travel across the city, no traffic jams and it’s air-conditioned. The gardens/parks. They are everywhere, a tomb, observatory, a palace all have beautiful gardens installed, and they are well maintained. Provides a great escape…

Houses of Horrors

After my visit to the Cambodia Genocide Museum in Phnom Pehn I realised that I could have used with a heads-up or guide as to how to deal with all that I saw. Coming from South Africa I thought I’d seen a good measure of the dark side of human nature, I was wrong. Here about…

Siem Reap

South East Asia remains to be one of the cheapest travel destinations, ideal for young people’s pockets. In addition to cheap accommodation and meals, it offers rich culture, unsurpassed warmth, and it is safe. Cambodia makes a great alternative to Thailand, Phnom Penh, the capital, providing all the modern thrills, whilst Siem Reap is the cultural gem….

Slow down

Saw this sign whilst cruising along the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. At the time I was in no rush at all, but I appreciate that there are times when the earth seems to be spinning below your feet and you feel like you have no control. It is not that time for me right now,…