Monthly Archives: August 2010

Sabyrbek and the Monster

Sabyrbek has a cat. After nearly three months of acute feline deprivation in the mangy dog-philic streets of India, that’s all we really needed to know to stay in his guesthouse for three days. Fortunately, at the steep price (read: … Continue reading

Posted in 2 People | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Guidebooking vs. Bullshitting: The Ultimate Showdown

When most travelers seek advice on the sights, sounds and other fodder for a pleasant jaunt in a foreign city, they look to their Lonely Planet. Are they a bunch of mindless yuppy sheep with no real sense of adventure, … Continue reading

Posted in 6 Miscellaneous Achievements | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Gander Inside Amritsar’s Golden Temple

Maybe it’s because we’d just traveled three days by bus from a week of landslides and bad liquor. Maybe it’s because we’re not quite such cynical dickheads as we think. Whatever it was, we loved Amritsar. The sights are beautiful … Continue reading

Posted in 3 Lessons Learned | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cloudy With a Chance of Child Abduction

“Oh, an Asian girl.” That probably constitutes the entirety of our initial thoughts of Cloudy when we arrived at the Golden Temple dormitory. And though we would not be incorrect in this ethnic assertion, to leave the story there would … Continue reading

Posted in 2 People | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Losing the Royal Challenge or Bustop Booze Bust

The following was the first major obstacle on our photo-centric way through Spiti. So we made it nearly two thirds of the way up the 13,051-foot pass before the traffic stopped — for the next five hours. First it was … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Disaster Watch, 3 Lessons Learned | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun With Government Landslides: Spiti & Kinnaur

Mostly recovered from our respective ailments (this one and that one), a blog up and running, and bored of Vashisht’s same old tremendously-nippled stray dogs and saffron sellers, we caught the Government Bus out to the high, Buddhist, Tibetan-border-straddling, desert-like … Continue reading

Posted in 4 Fun With Government Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Out of India

Howdy folks! So we’re still alive. Incidentally, in Kyrgyzstan, whose streets have been mostly cleansed of bullets, blood and brain pulp from their Revolution 4 months back. Been a busy couple of weeks. We’ll sit down and hammer out some … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Disaster Watch | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments