Monthly Archive: March, 2013

Kathmandu

Before getting into Nepal, Xiker and I hadn’t really talked about what we’d do there. I hadn’t even had a chance to look into the Lonely Planet Nepal book we’d been carting all… Continue reading

$tatistic$ of traveling in India

The average costs for 2 cookie lovers on a day to day/month to month basis. We’re not frugal by any means (our ever-increasing waist sizes can attest to this) but we’re not luxury… Continue reading

Border crossing: India into Nepal

EDIT 4/2014: to clarify, this post does not contain practical information specifically about the border, sorry! That said, here are 2 tips so you don’t have to read through the whole thing! 1.… Continue reading

Incredible India

Xiker posted this succinct summary of our trip on his facebook, a few days ago: 86 days, 33 cities + places around, 39 cheap rooms, 15 nights on the road/rails, 4 motorcycles, infinite… Continue reading

Street art: Varanasi

As most people know, spirituality isn’t easily contained. In such a crowded city as Varanasi, temples are so overrun that there isn’t room for anything more than a puja, and so beliefs can’t… Continue reading

Voracious Varanasi

Varanasi is possibly the most interesting Indian city I’ve seen yet, but the only really interesting part about the city is the Ganga and the ghats lining it. Otherwise, it is Delhi and… Continue reading

Blogging and internet connections

Holla from Kathmandu, Nepal! It was a 40-hour ordeal which shall be chronicled, but first, I gotta catch up! In Varanasi, speedy internet connections were a rarity in my section of town–so it… Continue reading

Khajuraho: faces

I was (somewhat) prepared for the persistent touts, the overfriendly fellas who just wanted to ‘help’ and the subsequent dogging, but in the end, despite a few hair-pulling incidents, the people of Madhya… Continue reading

Good news for Ama

Xiker got a shave! Bye bye, beard, hello, itchy kisses. (Happy, Patxi?)

Khajuraho: carnival

The carnival opened on Sunday morning and it was pure chaotic joy, despite the suffocating clouds of dust in the air. Parents gripped overexcited toddlers by the hand while older children were given… Continue reading

Khajuraho: temples

It felt as if we were in hot and humid Hampi once again, especially with the thick layer of airborne dust, except the scenery was nowhere near as gorgeous. The sandstone colors are… Continue reading

Ruminations of a long, long train ride

With 83 days of traveling under our belt, and 90 days on Xiker’s visa, we are quickly running out of time. We are currently enroute to Varanasi, on a train that is now… Continue reading

fun at the taj

You had to know that wasn’t the last we’ve seen of the Taj Mahal on this here blog! We saw a lot of funny poses, but there were a few that seemed to… Continue reading

Aaaaagra

We didn’t do much besides fawn over the Taj Mahal. The fort is pretty kewl, though. these old ladies made my day even though i didn’t understand a word they were saying… their… Continue reading

Fatehpur (minus the Sikri)

I thought Agra was pretty bad with flies, touts and rubbish, but turns out nearby Fatehpur is even worse. Locals crowd up against you trying to sell you postcards, brochures, necklaces or anklets,… Continue reading

Taj Mahal

The alarm went off at 530 am, but after a few snooze buttons and cups of chai, we got to the west gate booth at 6. No less than 10 people in front… Continue reading

New Delhi

Delhi. Only stayed two days, so there isn’t much I can say about it… Big and chaotic, dirty yet ebullient, far from fragrant, and green (they try, at least). Impressive metro system, efficient… Continue reading

Snowboarding in Gulmarg

Since Xiker worships any embodiment of a snow god and would sacrifice anything–including yours truly–on the altar of snow, all for the adrenaline-inducing sport of snowboarding… it was only fitting that we go… Continue reading

Srinagar

Mostly famous for the mountain scenery and the houseboats of placid Dal Lake, Srinagar is where vacationers head to when they want to escape the heat of summer. But despite visiting Srinagar during… Continue reading