Having worked and travelled extensively in some SE Asian countries over the past 15 years (especially Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Malaysia), we are keen to visit some new places on this year-long adventure. Cambodia and Laos are hardly adventurous destinations for tourists these days but, we were looking forward to them having read some great research by our good friend Colin.
The physical impact of the massive earthquake that hit east of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on 25th April 2015 is everywhere to be seen in damaged buildings. Invisible to tourists is the human impact: 9000 dead and 22,000 injured. An aftershock hit on May 12th killing a further 153 and injuring 3200.
By comparison the experiences of individual tourists are trivial. Collectively, of course, tourists have a valued role to play in providing revenues to help Nepal recover. Continue reading “The top of the world – Nepal”
Our travels across southern India are almost complete. Trains have carried us 570km from Kochi on the west coast, overlooking the Arabian Sea, to the French colonial town of Pondicherry, looking out across the Bay of Bengal on the east coast.
Romantic as this journey sounds, the reality of India’s railways have a way of imposing themselves on such fanciful notions. Train travel in India is nothing short of a test of character. Not for the faint hearted the bone shaking carriages rattling along jostling passengers to sleep or distraction depending on temperament.
We often say that three days is a reasonable amount of time to form a first impression of any city. So the one day we had in Mumbai wasn’t even going to scratch the surface of this mega city of 21m people. But one day is all we had following an arduous transit from the UK. So this is what we got to see on a leisurely day in Mumbai.
While we are on the road, I’ll be posting articles about travel photography here on OlderNomads. These won’t be articles about gear (yawn) or technique but, more about the creative challenges and the actual experiences.
Whilst time on the road can be hectic, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do a lot more reading for pleasure (more than previously, while having to do academic reading for work).
So what’s on the list?
As word is spreading among family and friends, that 2017 is the year we’re finally going on the adventure we always talked about, we keep getting asked the $64,000 question…