Month: January 2018

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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