Category Archive: historical sites

The rice terraces of Batad

Straight up: Batad is ah-maze-zing. Imagine this: a huge amphitheater of lush, stonewalled rice terraces—over 2000 years old and in impeccable condition—nestled amid a vast stage of steep green hills. You and everyone… Continue reading

Banaue

For an easy journey to see the famed Ifugao rice terraces, opt for Banaue. It’s a scenic 2.5 hour drive from Bontoc and is supposedly only 9 hours from Manila. Banaue is not… Continue reading

Sagada

Sagada is lush and hilly, picturesque and calm, and the weather is mildly cool, which offers a much-needed respite from the searing summer humidity of the lowlands. And when you add to that… Continue reading

Urbexing in MoTown

Motor City has long fallen from the graces of Americana since its heyday of the early twentieth century. Today thousands of houses and commercial buildings around the city stand stripped and abandoned, all… Continue reading

La città Eterna: Roma

I went on a trip with Grandma recently to tour a part of Italy, but it wasn’t my first time in Rome. Back in 2012, Xiker and I hopped over from the Iberian… Continue reading

10 days in Italy with Grandma

Our trip to Italy, in pictures! We started and ended our trip in Roma– rented a car and visited quite a few places in between. (Not included here: Rome and Vatican City, to… Continue reading

Stonehenge

The very first thing I did once we booked our tickets to London was to google “how far london stonehenge?” Answer: 1 hour, 34 minutes. “No way in hell am I going to… Continue reading

An American bookworm in London

Back in May (2013), Xiker and I said “see ya later” to South Asia and made one last stop before returning to Basque Country. Just so you know, I’m one of those people… Continue reading

Boudhanath Stupa

On our very last day in Nepal, we decided to revisit the Boudhanath stupa. Dating back to the 14th century, Boudhanath is one of the holiest buddhist shrines in Kathmandu, as well as… Continue reading

Getting to know KTM

In regular intervals throughout our 10 weeks in Nepal, we spent a lot of time wandering around Kathmandu. She became familiar to me… One of many benefits of slow travel. Although, if one… Continue reading

Bhameshvar

With an staggering fee of 1,000nrs per person for admission into the Pashupatinath Temple and the Bhameshvar cremation ghats, the venture doesn’t seem quite worth it. Supposedly the temple dates a few thousand… Continue reading

Lalitpur (and/or) Patan

On a map, it seems to be a suburb of Kathmandu, but Patan–officially recognized as Lalitpur– is actually one of the oldest cities in Nepal, with roots dating back to the third century… Continue reading

Life in the shadows of the Annapurnas

Without doubt my favorite part of trekking the Annapurna Circuit was discovering life in the skies, saying the word “namaste” and earning a smile as wind-kissed cheeks turned into apples beneath crinkled eyes.… Continue reading

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

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

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

Amritsar

Amritsar, home to the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion: Harmandir Sahib, or the Golden Temple. With 750 kg of gold, the temple deserves its glittery title… Now, I could bore you with… Continue reading

Chitty chitty bang bang Chittorgarh

Looming over the town of Chittor, 180 meters up atop a plateau, is one of India’s largest forts, with history reaching all the way back to the 7th century. The Chattari Rajputs (a… Continue reading

Pallikere & the Bekal Fort

Despite leading us to the middle of a tiny-ass town, Lady Luck decided to throw us a party… or, rather, lead us to one. In Kochin, we decided we needed a stop somewhere… Continue reading

Snooty Ooty

With some time to kill while the Canon S100 was supposed to be repaired, we decided to visit ‘Snooty Ooty,’ a hill town in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. The 5-hour drive… Continue reading

Old Hampi

Anton, a motorcycle connoisseur, was itching to hop back onto his rented Royal Enfield (he actually drove the bike, in one day, from Goa to Hampi) so I was able to convince Xiker… Continue reading

Hamming it up in Hampi

After the hustle and bustle of Mumbai and the dusty haze of Aurangabad, I immediately fell in love with Hampi. The reddish-orange rocks are offset by the emerald green banana plantation leaves, bright… Continue reading

Ellora

The area of Ellora has a total of 34 caves, the oldest of which are Buddhist and built between AD 600-800; the Hindu caves were built between AD 600-900; and the Jain AD… Continue reading

The Caves of Ajanta

At Ajanta (and Ellora,) we shared history with about half of India (or so it felt like), most of them probably on vacation, coming from nearby cities or states. It was a first… Continue reading