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The Curious Case of the 1st July

It is currently 31°C whilst I write this on my roof terrace at 9pm as Spain experiences an unseasonal heat wave. Even though my sister back in dreary Lancashire tells me she has her heating on it was 39°C in Córdoba this afternoon. It probably has something to do with El Niño or the […]

Rajasthani Goat Rib Curry

I’ve gone on before about goat meat, Mauritian Goat Curry, for example, and on this occasion it is yet another spicy delight. However, this time my cabrito came from Paco in the village, not Carrefour.

As 70% of the male population of my village (and no doubt every other Andalucian town and village) are called […]

By |January 4th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

India: My New Friend in Jaisalmer

This is Anshi who lives inside a fort in the city of Jaisalmer of southwestern Rajasthan.

Her name means God’s gift and she doesn’t live in poverty but in one room with her sons within a fort that was built in 1156.

It is a magnificent fort but alas it is an endangered site as it […]

India: Goa, going, stay

After three weeks of Indian railway trains I was so pleased to be on our way to Goa albeit via another train, the Mumbai – Margao Express, an eleven hour train journey. By the way never trust the word ‘express’ in India. As usual the carriage was straight out of the 1800s and peering […]

India: The Best Kebab is in Lucknow

For the train spotters: We travelled overnight from Delhi on the mail train to Lucknow. It was a laborious 9.5 hours. We shared a 4 berth compartment with very little privacy. And it was very noisy.

Lucknow is a city of 2.5 million and at times it seems as though the majority of the populous live […]

India: Chandni Chowk Spice Market

Visiting New Delhi is not complete without a trip to the 17th century market. It is one of India’s largest.

Kalu travels 40km (each-way) every day to Delhi by bus just so that he can cycle a rickshaw that he doesn’t even own. It is a very tough life and this day he peddled his […]

India: The Aromas

India smells, sometimes good, sometimes foul but most of the time there’s an underlying aroma that is made up of:

Smog
Tobacco
Cheap soap
Holy cow shit
Spices
Drains
Curry
Smoke
Incense
Inexpensive cologne
Urine

And I defy any woman I know to use the public conveniences.

 

India: A Rick Stein Moment

Bisht was our Sikh taxi driver, he took us to one of the many temples in Delhi and after a tour of the last temple and grounds he took us to a large kitchen where volunteers cook and provide food for the poor on a 24 hour basis. Whilst we watched bubbling cauldrons of […]

India: Delhi is very loud

Everybody in Delhi drives with their hands on the horn. Honk when somebody is in your way or if you want to overtake or even undertake, it doesn’t seem to matter, the only important thing is that you honk.

I have been to many cities, often noticing ‘the have and the have nots’ but in […]

India: It’s a Ganga!

The start of our trip was an hour or so drive to Cordoba to connect with the high speed AVE train to Madrid which whisked us there in under 2 hours in absolute comfort and even though we did travel by tourist class there was plenty of leg room – please note Virgin Rail […]

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