The crumbly paths and the sandy steps would play havoc with your knees. The spice would definitely upset your stomach. You wouldn’t be able to understand what those dark-skinned boys at the restaurant were saying and whoever heard of curry for breakfast? Cockroaches would keep you awake at night with their scratching. You couldn’t ignore … More Present absence
I have never understood how anyone can like January. The sad, sinking feeling caused by limp, leftover tinsel hanging in shops, braving the dreary weather without any promise of a mulled wine stop, realising that everyone you know has vowed to lose weight, save money or quit drinking- it is a real slog of a … More Tripping down Asia’s Memory Lane: Top 10
The coffee is from the Taiwanese bubble tea stall. Served in a super size plastic cup, pushed forwards by the smiliest server before he retreats back into the throng of waving receipts. Twenty-four Hong Kong dollars- almost the same price as my shrimp noodle lunch. Half luxury, half necessity- I am too tired to indulge … More Where Do You Drink Yours?
Having tired of the cutesy cafes and enticing sandwich points on the main strip, we ventured past the multitude of trekking shops and Tibetan jewellery stands and went in search of a new lunch joint. Pandey Restaurant, tucked up into a side street next to a Himalayan Ink tattoo store and a few quieter guesthouses, … More Lunching in Pokhara
Masala Tea. Masala Tea. Masala Tea. I heart Masala Tea! I love the cup we have with breakfast while the kids eat their beaten rice. I love the cup we have with pancakes when we get back from dropping them at school. I love the steaming hot mugs we have at Asian Tea House and … More Ode to Masala Tea
A coca-cola can, cold. Red ants, crawling. Two panting stray dogs. A small woman in a sari, nose pierced. Shady table with a roof of straw. Clouds of cotton candy. Hot blue sky. Azure green trees. A stone dam, slowing the current of the grey river. Flies, mosquitos, bumble bugs. Whistling bar tenders, bored and … More Welcome to Chitwan National Park
There comes a point in every backpacker’s trip when scouting out exciting new options just isn’t that exciting anymore. Scouring menus, blindly trying to decide on something that warrants losing those precious pennies from your travelling budget, only to be confronted with a small portion or an overly western attempt gone wrong- well, it just … More Asian Teahouse- simply the best.