After one night in Osaka we decided to go to Kyoto. We wanted to see what all the pictures of nature and temples were all about. We took the subway to Kyoto and were greeted by…a super modern city! Waaaaait! Were are all the zen temples? And green fluffy moss? It tured out Kyoto is big, clean city with beautiful people and lots of shopping malls 🙂 It is only famous by the temple pictures 🙂 So the cheapest guesthouse (but probably the nicest one) is Shiori An…

Long but nice 🙂 We took a fancy overnight bus from Yangon to Mandalay and after a good morning nap in a clean room, we were off to discover the city. Of course, we wanted to walk. Sometimes we just don’t think straight and thankfully a small friendly local man convinced us to take the bicycles. And we were so happy he did. We did around 20 km, ate 3 times (mostly Shan noodles – a favorite), tried new words (a-loun beh-lauq ca-leh or how much is that…

Maybe you’re wondering why aren’t we crazily running around Bali, taking pictures and manufacturing posts. The reason is that we’ve both been here before and we chose the city we liked best. Ubud. It seems like everybody likes Ubud. But why? Well, one main reason was Eat, pray, love book from Elizabeth Gilbert. She found ‘worldly enjoyment and divine transcedence’ in Ubud and made hoards of American women do the same 🙂 I didn’t like the book, btw. But I loved Ubud 🙂 It has a charm. Beautiful…

The best way is to travel as light as possible. That’s why we left our big fat backpacks in our hotel in Kathmandu and went on a little trip with cheap local buses (we payed only around NRS 200 for both of us). We visited Bhaktapur, the lovely town with 65 000 residents is full of old Newari culture. Carved wood everywhere with detailed ornaments and the main Durbar Square is just amazing. There is a 15$ fee just to enter the town but we took the advice…

”I’ve been a tourist guide for more than 35 years.” says Mic and smiles at me with confidence. It’s one of our games, pretending we know everything about this city. Inventing stories that might be true but are mostly not. One day we did a small walking tour that was in Lonely Planet, no tourists around (this time around there are almost no tourists in Kathmandu), discovering big temples in someones courtyard, weird sexual scenes on the wood outside the temple or small shrines in the middle of…

One of the highlights in India for sure. Temple covered in gold and surrounded with water or ‘holly nectar’ full of big goldfish. It is breathtaking and I won’t even try to describe it, just take a look at the pictures. We had the nicest weather, cloudy with a little bit of sunshine, so the temple really stood out. You can really feel the holiness here. The complex is kept clean, some say that they clean the gold with milk every night and it sure is without a…

probably the second most popular tourist attraction in Amritsar. We got to the ceremonial closing of Wagah border (India-Pakistan) for Rs 100 each with ‘shared’ transport. That meant 10 people in one rickshaw 🙂 This was a very interesting and patriotic show everyone visiting Amritsar must see. Bring a hat and water as the trip is 6 hours long! And the last day we spent in the bed and on the toilet. Both of us. You know what they say – Sharing is caring! And another unpleasant thing…

I caved in. Fudge ayurveda and the cramps in my tummy, give me some antibiotics! It did get better 🙂 We didn’t do much these days as my love affair with the toilet was pretty hot. But today we rented a scooter and went exploring the outskirts of Pushkar. We even found a desert! We roamed bad road full of holes and got lost among the local villages. The kids were waving and giving us a high fives. Quite hurtful fives they were, those kiddos can punch 🙂…

These things marked our days in Madurai. We were enjoying different food in a nice restaurant Amritsagar and everything was very tasteful, full of spices and cheap. India is way cheaper than Sri Lanka. And then it happened. I was awakened in the middle of the night by the watery sounds of food poisoning. We knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. Poor Mic spent the whole night on the toilet. It was almost ok in the morning, thank you antibiotics! One down, one to go….