Summing up

by ben

posted 27 Mar ’12

category travels

Tune of the trip   Top 5 Birds Pied Kingfisher White throated Kingfisher Crested Sea Serpent Black Kites because they were everywhere Red Minivette because it was awesomely bright coloured   Noisiest, most stressfull, litter strewn country India wins hands down. Hard work. Why do I need to fill out a form to use the [...]

Ice Road Trekkers

by ben

posted 26 Mar ’12

category travels

Ben and Vicky go extreme ice road trekking! We could have fallen off a steep path at 4600m, died of altitude sickness, skidded into a rocky ravine or frozen to death but miraculously we just fell on our backs in some snowy terrain while enjoying stunning views. The worse might have been me throwing my [...]

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Safari so good

by ben

posted 17 Mar ’12

category travels, wildlife

Just come back from an elephant safari. I wasn’t expecting too much, thought it would be touristy and it was. We queued up and about 20 elephants left together with 4 tourists each and we made our way across the river into the park past some crocodiles. Then we entered the woods and stopped right [...]

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Chitwan – rhinos, birds, tigers and bears

by ben

posted 17 Mar ’12

category travels

We had a magical day walking around the Chitwan wildlife reserve with our excellent guide Vishnu. First we canoed down the river getting very close to loads of birds and getting a good view of the pied Kingfisher, pretty ducks and many many birds. The crested serpent eagle really didn’t seem to care about us. [...]

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Rafting the lower Seti

by ben

posted 17 Mar ’12

category travels

We got back to Pokhara on the morning, a day before Vicky’s birthday. We were going to rest the next day for Vicky’s birthday but we popped into paddle nepal and they had a rafting trip leaving the next day. Vicky was up for it so we booked it. As we were going to leave [...]

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ABC easy as 123. Namaste!

by ben

posted 13 Mar ’12

category travels

Wow, wow, wow. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) has been one of the most incredible experiences of our lives. Truly stunning and incredible beauty all the way. When we got to the top though, it just became way more dramatic, the walk from Machupictur base camp to Annapurna base camp on a perfect crisp [...]

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Off trekking

by ben

posted 5 Mar ’12

category travels

Well, we’re off tomorrow to trek to Annapurna Base camp and back for ten days. We’ve got our map, our permits, bought the last remaining warm clothes we need including some fetching purple and green down jackets and some silly Nepalese hats. Vicky is feeling a lot better and has much more energy and is [...]

Pokhara

by ben

posted 4 Mar ’12

category travels

First things first Vicky is almost completely better and we are planning a 6 – 8 day trek to Annapurna base camp. It should be beautiful big dramatic Himalayan scenery all the way. We probably won’t use a guide as there are teahouses all along the route. The bus journey to Pokhara from Kathmandu was [...]

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Nepal!

by ben

posted 2 Mar ’12

category travels

Arrived in Nepal yesterday afternoon and the visa on arrival was a bit of a comedy fiasco. Cash machine didn’t work so were allowed through customs to collect baggage then came back and changed money then payed for photo and visa while joining queue from next airplane. The fact that we were allowed outside the [...]

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Jaisalmer

by ben

posted 26 Feb ’12

category travels

We are at our last stop in India before we take an overnight train to Delhi on Wednesday and fly to Kathmandu. Vicky and I are ready to leave, because of the stuff I’ve previously mentioned which has long since grated our souls til we really have seen enough of India. I feel I must [...]

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Jodhpur birthday

by ben

posted 24 Feb ’12

category travels

Met a lovely couple from Yorkshire and Amsterdam who have lived in Perth for 18yrs. Their year long holiday plan sounded awesome. Having done Bali and India they would head to rented houses in Istanbul, Crete, Italy, France, then stay in England with friends and then see more of Europe. We were staying in a [...]

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Udaipur success

by ben

posted 22 Feb ’12

category travels

Well we’ve absolutely loved it here in Udaipur. Yesterday we went for a strangely unastounding hike through some dusty villages up to an ok lake where we saw a whitebellied eagle. We we were chatting with 2 Americans and photographing locals and children and they were all very friendly. The Americans were Claire a nurse [...]

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