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On The Ganges

March 22, 2012
Ganges

It’s a misty, cobalt coloured dusk and I’m out in the middle of the Gangetic plain, a place not normally visited by tourists. From the top deck of the beautiful river cruiser, I look around 360% and, apart from the little yellow light from our pilot boat, which comes through the blue-grey haze like a…

The Train In Spain

March 22, 2011
Nigel in Spain

There’s something I still find boyishly thrilling about the very idea of getting on a train in London, where I live, and getting off it six hours later in, say, the South of France as I did a couple of years ago for a family holiday. It’s a strange world isn’t it, where getting on…

California

March 27, 2009
Nigel in Hollywood

Here's the thing; the best ride to be had in California is not in any of the studio theme parks. It doesn't have an 84 foot vertical drop, it's not a rollercoaster, there are no special effects, no sound track, no stunt men, no crowds, no queues and what's more it's a lot, lot cheaper…

Costa Rica

March 27, 2008
Costa Rica Reptile

“Now I need a volunteer…”, said our forest guide, after leading us for an hour, deep into the shaded under-storey of the primary rain forest in Costa Rica. “…to eat the termites.” I pulled a face. The tour leaflet had made no mention of a tucker trial. “Naagel,” said the guide, “you are the one…

Grand Canyon and Las Vegas

March 27, 2007
Grand Canyon

One is so used to the American tendency to big everything up, that occasionally the reality underwhelms. When everything is hyperbolically billed in grandiose terms – 'The tallest building...', 'The largest grossing movie ever...' one tends to expect an ever increasing stream of adrenaline rushes. As I flew in from Phoenix to the isolated cluster…

Western Samoa

March 27, 2005
Nigel in Samoa

The climb up through the steaming tropical forest had already taken forty five minutes of scrambling through - and under - the roots of enormous Pandanu trees in the body-hugging heat, with still no sign of sunlight ahead; and this was meant to be the short-cut. Half an hour to the top, the painted sign…