The South Coast of Sri Lanka [NEW]

The South Coast of Sri Lanka [NEW]

The south coast of Sri Lanka is pretty sleepy. There’s time to turn off and just lie on the sand. The water is clean and it’s not over-crowded. The people are chilled. You don’t even get bothered by hawkers. It’s kinda alright… I’ve been travelling with a mate. He’s flown out from Australia. After a …

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Tea Time in the Sri Lankan Highlands [NEW]

Tea Time in the Sri Lankan Highlands [NEW]

Tea is not for men. Tea is for grandmas. It keeps their hands busy while they dole-out faux sympathy and condescending life advice. Keep this in mind while you traverse the Sri Lankan highlands. It’s ground zero for a cup of the warm stuff. I’ve been travelling with a mate. But our trip to the …

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Behold, The Amazing Colombo! [NEW]

Behold, The Amazing Colombo! [NEW]

The name Colombo, for mine, sounds like a sweaty middle-aged illusionist. And, like any good trickster, the Amazing Colombo earns it’s living through a cunning array of scams. Personally, I wouldn’t bother with the place. There’s little to see. I went to the Old Dutch Museum – expecting to see windmills, pickled herring, and splintery …

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Delhi and the King of All Understatements

Delhi and the King of All Understatements

This might be the king of all understatements, but I’ll say it all the same: Delhi’s a big place. With a population around 25-million, it took three days to see. Grab a tourist pass for $10 and ride on the trains. The metro is clean and efficient. This was surprising. A true anomaly, as, in …

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Lucknow, Agra, and Some Passive Resistance

Lucknow, Agra, and Some Passive Resistance

Nothing will test your patience like India. From hawkers to beggars, from schemers to cons – you’re seen as fair game. I know there’s a lesson in here. I’m just not sure what… I headed to Lucknow. Still unsure why. I only saw one other traveller – a German dude who was pretty strung out. …

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Varanasi, the Indian BBQ

Varanasi, the Indian BBQ

When you’ve been travelling for a while, you start to miss some things from home. Do I miss vegemite, meat pies, or the casual racism? Sure I do. But I miss a good barbeque the most. India has amazing food, but they’d sooner pray to a steak than eat it. I’m in Varanasi, on the …

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Kolkata and My Indian Gay Appeal

Kolkata and My Indian Gay Appeal

I’d been warned: in Kolkata there’s no privacy, no personal space, and no hygiene. But, worse still, it’s hard to find a bar…   After a few days in the city, I’ll tell you this: the Victoria memorial is impressive, and the museum is alright – probably more so for its colonial architecture than for …

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A Tiger Safari and the US Constitution

A Tiger Safari and the US Constitution

What does a tiger safari have to do with the US constitution? I found the answer in the Sundarban forest. The Sundarbans are the largest set of mangroves in the world. They’re a UNESCO natural heritage site shared by India and Bangladesh. And they’re home to the endangered Bengal tiger. I went there from Kolkata …

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

With another typhoon threatening Vietnam – I contemplated my options. Option 1: Stay put, and risk spending the holidays in a wet dorm. Versus Option 2: Nip home for a surf and some solid free loading. Not a tough call. I wont let a typhoon ruin my holiday. I flew into Sydney – a town …

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Turn Down for Wat: a Quick Tour of Bangkok

Turn Down for Wat: a Quick Tour of Bangkok

In Bangkok, there’s three things you can’t escape: temples, markets, and aggressive lady boys. Cue the Sesame Street ditty: “one of these things is not like-the-others…” The music stops: now, can you guess the odd one out? I spent a few days in the capital and tried to find out. In Thai, the term ‘wat’ …

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