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There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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If you read my blog, you may remember that the first half of our India trip was a little intense. By the time we left Varanasi, I was ready for the easy lifestyle of Thailand. But, before we blew that pop stand forever, there was one last stop we needed to make – Southern India and the Kerela Backwaters. I had been reading about the planning a houseboat tour of the Kerela Backwaters since I saw a Bourdain special on it a few years ago. It looked amazing and seemed to be a really relaxing way to end our India … Read More
I say this every month – But Holy Cow, it’s been four months. The trip is already well over halfway done. So what did I do in this fourth month of travel? Shannon and I kicked off the month by flying down to Kerela for our first taste of Southern India. Last month, we mainly explored Northern India so it was a nice change of scenery (and pace) to see the south. Sadly, we didn’t have as much time to explore as we would have liked but we did get to do one major highlight that I had been looking … Read More
India. You arrive in India mid day. The airport is surprisingly nicer than you expected..especially compared to Katmandu. The bathrooms even have toilet paper! You think, “Okay, maybe this won’t be so bad. Maybe it’s not like everyone described. After all, I’ve been traveling a while…maybe I can handle it.” And for a while, you can. It’s fine. Sure, India is crowded. It’s humid. It’s dirty. In short, it’s a literal hot mess of a country. But, more than that, it’s also wonderful. It’s bright, its happening, it’s colorful. You feel something there that you haven’t felt for a long … Read More
When Shannon and I realized that our trip to India coincided with the Indian celebration of Diwali, we were thrilled. Diwali is the festival of lights – it sounded beautiful. We imagined hundreds of tiny twinkling lights, beautiful candles adorning historic monuments…. We were … wrong. We planned our trip so we would be in Delhi during the celebration. We arrived in the mid afternoon from Rishikesh and after checking in to our hotel, headed out for dinner. We arrived before nightfall and our window was far from the window. We were disappointed to miss the start of festivities but … Read More
Hard to believe I’ve already been traveling for three months (especially since I just recently managed to get my two months of travel post up!) The third month was all about Everest and India. We spent the first half completing our long awaited Everest Base Camp Trek. It took us twelve long days but we finally made it to the top. It was without a doubt one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I will always be glad that we added it to our trip Itenerary. After hiking Everest, it was time to say goodbye to Nepal as … Read More
Our second day with Salim, started off better than the previous night - that is, he was no where to be seen when we woke up at 6am. In the new light of day, things were seeming a little better. We were off to see the Taj Mahal which was but a stones through from our hotel – at least Salim had been honest about that part. Even better, we had a train booked to Varanasi that night so we would be rid of Agra and Salim forever. The Taj was, of course, great. It was foggy, very foggy, but … Read More
We met Salim at the train station outside in Agra. Our train was several hours late and it was a little past midnight when we finally arrived. We were exhausted and just wanted to get into a taxi and to our hotel as quickly as possible. Salim approached us and we showed him the address of our guesthouse. He charged us 300 rupees, around 6 American dollars – way to much, but w/e we were tired. We loaded into his cab and set off into the night. Two days ago, in Jaipur, we had met a rickshaw driver outside the … Read More
Shannon and I spent almost a full month exploring India. We started in the far North, seeing Rishilkesh, McLeod Gang – home of the Dali Lama and Armristar’s Golden Temple. Next we visited the famous Golden Triangle, and the holy city of Varanasi. Finally we moved south and spent five days seeing Fort Chochi and cruising through the Kerela back waters. We had an amazing time. India is full of so many sights, sounds, colors…its really overwhelming the best way possible. As always, there were a few things that stood about my experience in the country that I thought were … Read More
This post is part of a new L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Hannah from Further Bound shares with us her stories of troubles in India. Tell me a little about yourself and your current/ next trip: I am a 32 year old graphic designer from England, in the midst of selling everything I own in preparation for a round the world adventure with my boyfriend Lee. I took on extra work to enable me to pay off my debt and save enough … Read More
This post is part of a new L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Monday. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Audrey from ”That Backpacker” shares with us the story of some bad rickshaw luck on the streets of India. Tell me a little about yourself and your current/ next trip: I am a Canadian girl who was raised in South America and has an insatiable desire to explore the world. Even though I consider myself to be a city girl, I love exploring Latin America’s rural side, driving down … Read More