Raymond @rramirez ?

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  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 47: 1st Apr – Kathmandu   6 years, 6 months ago · View

    As I mentioned before, the late arrival into Kathmandu meant that we weren’t aware of what the city was like and it’s true character.  Like any mid-sized city, the late hours place a blanket of discretion around the sleeping and mundane population.  So do the early hours (unless you’re a group of travellers in a city […]
  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 46: 31st Mar – Kathmandu   8 years, 1 month ago · View

    I sensed a smattering of sadness as we departed from Pokhara.  For many, including myself, it had been a very welcome break from all the hectic travel, what seemed like countless cities and was as close to a holiday as we’d experienced since the beginning of the journey.  Nonetheless, we were all in the state of […]
  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 45: 30th Mar – Pokhara   8 years, 1 month ago · View

    Can one get tired of sunrise walks?  Personal preference I guess.  One thing is for sure; the early mornings tire.  Despite the general lag that everyone was experiencing, we all rise before the sun to take our bus to a point and see our local star appear and greet us.  The place we head to was […]
  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 44: 29th Mar – Pokhara   9 years, 2 months ago · View

    The morning starts early for me and Liam.  First on the agenda is an Ultra-lite flight (Liam and I are the only ones that booked to do it), then moving on to a paragliding session, all before lunch.  For those that don’t know, ultra-lite is basically a small, egg-shaped, pod-like seat for two attached to […]

  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 43: 28th Mar – Pokhara   9 years, 2 months ago · View

    Our bus journey for this morning was longer than our maiden voyage in the country, but nothing too far from what we were already used to.  The main difference between this bus journey and the rest so far is not the time or distance travelled.  It’s the altitude.  1000m above sea level.  For me, it […]

  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 42: 27th Mar – Chitwan   9 years, 2 months ago · View

    It’s sunrise and the group gather for our first tour of the day, via Nepalese gondola.  Despite the early start, I feel very positive and eager for the day ahead.  To say Nepal reinvigorated my sense of adventure would be wrong, as that sense never really goes or dies, but there was a sense of […]

  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 41: 26th Mar – Chitwan   9 years, 2 months ago · View

    Nepal’s calm and quiet demeanour has a big affect on the group, especially as the previous country was plagued with chaos and disorder.  Because of the taste left in our mouths from India, the group aren’t as close knit as we could be, but that part of the trip is happily behind us, with only the prospect […]

  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 40: 25th Mar – Lumini   9 years, 6 months ago · View

    Many of us were happy with what was to come today – our next country, Nepal. With a new country comes the dreaded border crossing. Seeing how the country has left us with an unorganised and hectic impression, we all knew that today was going to be tough. Despite this, our spirits were high and […]

  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 39: 24th Mar – Varanasi   9 years, 8 months ago · View

    Another dawn event on our trip, down by the river Ganges.  Luckily for us, we actually make it for sunrise and it’s a beautifully amazing and fascinating experience.  The river is a short drive away from the hotel and once we get there we have to walk a small distance as the road cannot accommodate our […]

  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 38: 23rd Mar – Varanasi   9 years, 9 months ago · View

    Yet another long drive for today, so much so that there is almost nothing worth mentioning.  The group has found their own unique ways of dealing with such prolonged stretches on the coach.  As we slowly make our way towards the holy city of Varanasi, we all look forward to what it has to offer.  Some […]

  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 37: 22nd Mar – Lucknow   9 years, 9 months ago · View

    In store for us today was a very long drive.  Something you’d think we’d be used to by now, but you can never really settle into such a routine.  The next stop was Lucknow, a place that wasn’t really highlighted for us by our leader as a place to be doing very much.  As with many […]

  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 30: 15th Mar – Lahore   9 years, 9 months ago · View

    Tourism day.  1st port of call: Lahore Fort and Mosque.  Peter, our guide for the sites, was a friendly character crammed with facts.  He was interesting, but the land stole the show. Both the Fort and the Mosque were built on an area covering over 40 acres, designed by the very clever Mongols people a few […]

  • Raymond wrote a new blog post: Day 29: 14th Mar – Lahore   9 years, 9 months ago · View

    The capital is our last stop and will be the place where we spend longest; a total of 3 nights. Moving from Multan to Lahore also meant that we progress from the Sindh province to the Punjab province – the wealthier side of Pakistan. As you travel into the new province, you can see the wealth […]