Tag Archive: UNESCO

The Subterranean river of Puerto Princesa

Though the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) has a lot to offer visitors, most people make the trip from Puerto Princesa only to see the underground river, which is heavily celebrated… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goan motorcycle diaries: day 2

Rented an Avenger for 350 a day. Cushy passenger seat with back support. Left our backpacks behind and took only necessities. (Swimsuit and camera!) We insisted on helmets for both of us, lest… 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