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The pursuit of an Indian SIM card
Mysore, Karnataka, Southern India, many come here for Yoga, some come for Ayurveda, but I've come for a SIM card. A simple stop off on the way to the town of Chikmagalur in the Western Ghats of Karnataka to get myself connected again after returning to India on a new visa. I'll stop off for however long it takes to round one of the more ridiculous forms of Indian bureaucracy, the process of obta...

Francis Cassidy, April 18, 2014

A Hike Up Adam's Peak
Monson season is on the way here in Sri Lanka and it's bucketing down as I pass the evening hours wandering around the village of Delhousie in the southern hill country. It's a place that instantly reminds me of rural Nepal, a small village with one main street lined with shacks selling everything from cream crackers to rain jackets. With my eyes on the sky I'm mulling over whether or not to clim...

Francis Cassidy, April 11, 2014

A Typical Sri Lanka Train Ride
Even the proudest native of the subcontinent would have to concede that there were at least a few advantages to British colonisation. One that stands out above most wasn't the introduction of that bearded chap with the Spanish name, whose poster I saw sellotaped to a board behind the driver on most Indian buses, that young man who went by the name of Jesus, but rather, the building of the railway...

Francis Cassidy, April 5, 2014

The Kathmandu Valley Timelapse
The Kathmandu Valley in central-eastern Nepal is home to the capital and a myriad of small towns and villages which are dotted around a hilly 350 km² of Himalayan foothill. From the bustling tourist centre of Thamel in Kathmandu, to the more tranquil, cleaner surroundings of the towns and villages, the valley itself offers quite the contrast for any visitor. From a dust filled, smoggy and noi...

Francis Cassidy, March 24, 2014

Why I won't visit the Taj Mahal
An old friend recently called me and said they were considering coming to India for a visit and some travelling. “Great” I thought, that was until the demands started: “But I'll want to visit the Taj Mahal at all costs!”. Anyone who comes to India, only spending time around the touristy areas, will have a journey full of daily mental highs and lows. The highs may be high, but the lows wi...

Francis Cassidy, March 15, 2014