With winter now well and truly in full swing in England and with India and the sun on my mind, I delved into my tea cupboard to make some ‘authentic’ Chai (read all about that here) and finally settled down to catch up with the rest of the country to watch BBC’s documentary following the journey of Sue Perkins travelling down the Ganges from its source in the mountains to where the mouth of the river meets the sea. I had seen so many varying reviews and comments on Twitter about the series that I was keen to see it for myself. India has had a piece of my heart since I travelled there last year and remains in my top favourite countries – it was fascinating, engaging, eye-opening and full of the warmest and friendliest of people, breathtaking architecture and a stunning plethora of colours, smells and noise. On my trip, I travelled around beautiful Rajasthan for just under three weeks and this in itself is a vast area to cover. I don’t think …
“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life, you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty” – Extract from Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer.
I have always enjoyed David Attenborough’s nature and wildlife series…who doesn’t love a bit of The Hunt, Planet Earth, Life On Earth – his distinctive calming voice teaching you about our beautiful planet?! So when I found out about his Great Barrier Reef series, especially having just returned from travelling up the coast of Queensland where I snorkelled the reef, I couldn’t wait to watch it.
Bill Bryson is my all-time favourite travel writer. His books, including Down Under, Neither Here Nor There, Notes from a Big Country and Made in America to name a few, are some of the funniest and most entertaining books I’ve read.
I have just been to see the new film Everest, and am so moved and inspired by it that I felt compelled to share it. Based on a true story, the film follows an expedition group of mountaineers as they attempt the climb to the summit.
I have done a lot of travelling in my time. And I have to admit, I never usually go for the good old guidebook option.
“…and those who do not travel read only a page” – St Augustine I’ve always loved reading but especially in the last few years and since I’ve come away from home.