The colonial legacy in Sri Lanka requires a lot of time to get one’s head around, but as a traveller in this day and age, it’s certainly important to know why your fellow passengers speak English as well as you do.… Read More Sri Lanka’s colonial legacy of trains, tea and the Queen’s English
From just about every job I’ve ever had in community development, it becomes more and more obvious that the answer to many problems is systems change.… Read More What’s the best way to deal with children and begging in poor countries?
When I told my family that I was going to India for a few weeks, they couldn’t imagine why I was choosing to go to such a poor and dirty place where children begged for money on the streets. My dentist, who was Vietnamese like us, also had a less than encouraging reaction on my… Read More Conversations on New Delhi’s tourist trail
I’ve got a couple of shabby Lonely Planet travel diaries to my name which I bought many, many years ago when going places was a remote possibility. Since then, I’ve used them haphazardly at best; I’ve never been much good at keeping a journal, travel or otherwise. I was all fired up in December, when… Read More The yellow brick road
Goa, India’s smallest state, was formerly colonised by the Portugese and its influence remains in the Portugese surnames, roadside crosses and impressive old churches. There are also a lot of old Portugese-style villas around; Simon and I stayed at the Marbella Guest House which had been highly recommended by the Lonely Planet guide – and… Read More Goa, India
Everyone warned me that nothing could prepare me for what India would be like, and that no amount of forewarning from people who’ve already been there, or digestion of the Lonely Planet Guide to India would cushion the impact. So I guess what’s really surprised me the most is that of the many emotions that… Read More New Delhi, India