Tag Archive: history

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

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

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

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

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