Author Archives: John

North to Salta

After six weeks in our Buenos Aires apartment it was a case of stay there forever or move on up the trail. We were itching to get on the move but also very sad to be leaving what had become our home (actually the nearest we’ve to a home for over a year). We’d got […]

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Slowly heading home

After five weeks of lazing on the beach and hanging out at the Skylark we have finally left Varkala. It was an odd feeling to think again about the best way to pack the bags. Travelling by train feels like we have returned to the real India. A man on the platform at Ernakulum Town […]

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Its ok to stay put

We’ve been in Varkala for a few weeks now, finally accepting that its ok to stay put and do little. We’re into a regular routine of brunches, reading books, on the Internet and swimming. So now an issue has come up. It means we really should head home early and sort things out before the […]

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Ebb and flow of visitors

Staying in one place for a while allows you to see the ebb and flow of visitors. The turnover of holidaymakers on Saturday and the dwindling numbers as the season starts to come to a close. In the last Week or so we’ve seen a change as sun-seekers on a week’s holiday give way to […]

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Struggling with inertia

We’ve been struggling with our inertia for the last few days – putting off the planning for places we can’t miss in south India. After traveling for so long it just seems wrong to miss out places while we have the time to go there. The re-planning has been feeling like a chore and keeping […]

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Notes from Varkala

We got chatting to a fellow guest at the skylark and it turned out that she lives near our old neighborhood of Crouch End. Not only do we frequent the same haunts, but she is a copywriter for ad agencies – I’m surprised we haven’t worked together. – a Momento from 31 Jan 2010 Had […]

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