Losing all my clothes on a train in India

Our train from Jaipur to Udaipur left late – it was delayed by about 90 minutes, which meant we were waiting until after midnight to leave after a full day of touring Jaipur.  When we woke groggily in Udaipur, it was 7.15am – we had managed to sleep through the train arriving 15 minutes before. …

Jaipur

We spent a day exploring the so-called “Pink City of Jaipur” (we felt it was more of a red sandstone city, but either way the colour was definitely noticeable!) We began our walk at the New Gate (pictured above), where we walked through the bazaars until we found ourselves at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the…

The Amber Fort

Amber Fort, also known as Amer Fort (and pronounced that way) is a short distance out of Jaipur.  The fort is a famous one, located next to a lake and with another fort up on the hills behind that is connected to it by an underground passage.  We chose to visit by public bus –…

Neemrana Fort Palace

Reuben had heard of Neemrana Fort Palace years ago, when friends of his had recommended it to him as a beautiful place to visit. It’s a former fort which has been turned into a “non-hotel” hotel.  We hadn’t been able to fit in a visit on our honeymoon, so we decided to see if we…

Dehradun

We spent a few days in Dehradun with our Kiwi friend Maree.  Here we had the thrill of getting our new computer in the mail – woohoo!           We had some awesome food in Dehradun, including a wonderful dinner at “My Wife’s Kitchen” – yum!  We also caught up with other…

Overnight at a rural hospital…as visitors, not as patients!

We were fortunate to be able to visit a rural hospital in Katchua, about an hour outside of Varanasi.  Here we were privileged to see some of the work and meet some of the amazing staff who provide services here.  It was my first time visiting a rural hospital in India, and I was impressed…

Varanasi under water

We spent a couple of nights in Varanasi, attracted by stories of early morning boat rides past ghats where pilgrims come to bathe.  Unfortunately, when we arrived Varanasi was under water…the ghats (which are 50 step high bathing places) were underwater, with only a couple of steps showing and hardly anyone bathing.  All boat rides…

Diary of a nightmare technology week aka this is why we’re whining…

Wednesday: arrive in Kolkata. Everything is great…until that evening, when working on the computer, we suddenly experience for the first time the “rainbow screen of death”, where the screen fills with rainbow static and then the whole computer dies and cannot be restarted.  Use the phone to find the Toshiba service centre. Thursday: Reuben visits…

Finding freedom in Kolkata

Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is an overnight train ride from Delhi.  We travelled 3-AC on the train, meaning that the bunks are stacked three high…and the ladder to get down is not so easy to use! I managed to fall on Reuben, knock my Kindle off into another guy and basically look totally uncoordinated…

Exploring Delhi

We spent ten days in Delhi, relaxing and working and doing a bit of sightseeing. We were really fortunate to be able to house sit for our friends Steve and Leslie while they were in Thailand – we so appreciated the opportunity to not stay in a hotel and just rest, relax and get some…

A little dramatic interlude

We interrupt our regular posts to present a movie made by some friends of ours, featuring Reuben.  The whole movie was written, directed and produced by the 3 guys you see in it – check out “The Creep-o of Scary Ville”!    

Nainital

We decided to go check out Nainital, another hill station. In amongst the fog and rain we had two fun days here.  Nainital is a crater lake surrounded by hills – it is beautiful and very relaxing.           We visited the Nainital zoo and saw tiger, bears and leopards, before heading…