Author: Evan

Varanasi and the Indian BBQ [NEW]

Varanasi and the Indian BBQ [NEW]

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 [NEW]

Kolkata and My Indian Gay Appeal [NEW]

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 [NEW]

A Tiger Safari and the US Constitution [NEW]

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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I Survived Stung Treng

I Survived Stung Treng

The food in Cambodia is trying to kill you – from rancid meat to fly-blown chicken, from sewage-washed greens to mouldy bread. The grub here is ruthless. The term ‘health standard’ means crossing your fingers before every meal – and crossing your legs after it. Now, I’ve been to some pretty sketchy places. Places where …

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Yeah, Nha. Nha Trang is Shit

Yeah, Nha. Nha Trang is Shit

What has flashing lights and smells like cabbage? Now, hold up, I know what you’re thinking. But no, sorry, it’s not a flying salad. Here’s a clue… This beachside town was set up for Marines – a slice of home where they could relax and unwind, or swim in the sea and let off grenades. …

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Don’t Visit KL

Don’t Visit KL

Visiting KL feels like travelling backwards on a train – mildly nauseating and you’re glad when it’s over. It doesn’t feel natural for humans. In KL the busses are on time, and the towers are tall. The food is cheap and the taxis are metered. They’ve got gardens, museums, markets, and malls – but something’s …

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Finding Common Ground with Chiang Mai

Finding Common Ground with Chiang Mai

I struggled to find common ground with Chiang Mai. People have always talked it up. It’s Valhalla in the jungle, they said. Full of far-out peaceniks with a currency of love. The waterfalls are rainbows, and the rainbows are, umm…double rainbows. Yeah, they’ve got double rainbows! It sounded fanciful. Now here’s the truth… First off, …

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Tinder While Travelling

Tinder While Travelling

It was the morning of my departure. T-minus 4hrs and counting. My mood was anxious, my mood was foreign. I strained for indifference. Ubering to the airport, the driver asked: “International eh, headed far?”, “Nah mate. Just Singapore”. Good boy, play it down, lest he mock your enthusiasm – so worldly are the men who …

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