Musings on Myanmar

It would be fair to say that we prepared for our venture into Myanmar with just the faintest hint of apprehension. We were due to arrive only a week after an election that was widely thought to be a landmark in the country’s transition from military dictatorship to democracy. The results weren’t out but the … More Musings on Myanmar

I need to lie down in a darkened room for about 6 months!

In the last 2 weeks we’ve stayed in Delhi, Kolkata and Bangkok. It’s been a severe sensory overload! I’m not a big fan of cities so that wasn’t a good start, still grit your teeth I thought, these are iconic must see cities: Delhi We had met lots of people who had come into India … More I need to lie down in a darkened room for about 6 months!

Beautiful Blue Bundi

Bundi is a thoroughly Indian town.   It has a palace, a lake, temples and ancient wells. Tiny narrow alleyways through ramshackle blue buildings, where milk in brass churns is delivered from the villages on motorbikes. It has monkeys, cows, pigs, and dogs wandering around   and of course plastic litter. It also has a very good … More Beautiful Blue Bundi

Jaipur is Ginger or Jaipoorly? (We argued about the title!)

We were in Jaipur the pink city this week. They painted it pink to make the cheaper quartzite sandstone look like the pink sandstone used in the building of places like Delhi (OK Andy?). They repainted it pink (traditionally the colour of hospitality) to  welcome King Edward the VIII in 1876. But we were having … More Jaipur is Ginger or Jaipoorly? (We argued about the title!)