Travel Tales

TALE: Top class ticket to ride

 

Somehow I had bought the wrong ticket. Due to some miscommunication – which so frequently occurs when traveling I was surprised it had not resulted in more mishaps before now – the train I should have been on had left the day before. It was just turning midnight and I had checked out of the Salvation Army hostel a good 12 hours ago. As I stood in Mumbai Central under a sign saying ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’, surrounded by hundreds of people, their tiffin trays and life belongings, sleeping anywhere they could find space, the ticket clerk laid out my options, ‘Madam, we only have third class tickets to Varanasi tonight, or you can come back tomorrow’.

Alternative Tourism in Nicaragua

 
Coffee tours with CECOCAFEN

Coffee tours with CECOCAFEN

Tourism has grown rapidly in Nicaragua and is now its second largest industry. As an alternative to traditional tourism, such as cultural or beach resort tourism, there are now plenty of other options which allow you to see a different side of the country you’re visiting, get you closer to the local community and offer you the chance to give something back in the process.

TALE: Kerala wild safari

 
Pachyderm Palace

Pachyderm Palace

After a week of 35°C heat on the north Keralan coast we headed up to the mountains, through the uncountable lush green shades of the tea and teak plantations, a legacy that has proved one of the less sinister and more profitable ones left by the British. As the jeep climbed the hills we could feel the air cooling and the atmosphere relaxing around us.

TALE: Madrid in my 20s

 

When I was 20 I went to Madrid for the summer looking for work and, er, well, we’ll call it conversation. I’d started studying Spanish ab initio at university and I decided I that if I was to get anywhere in my degree it was vital I go and spend at least 2 months there, immersing myself in the language, soaking up the ‘culture’. Yes, maybe my chances of getting a job would be much higher on the Costa Brava, but there I’d be serving ‘full English breakfasts’ and or working in a German bakery.