Luscious valleys, breathtaking mountains and more stunning waterfalls than you can shake a stick at; Sri Lanka certainly has it’s fair share of natural beauty. Outside of the hustle and bustle of big cities, like Colombo, this small island just south of India is the closest you’ll find to a living showcase of how beautiful and diverse planet Earth truly is.
But it’s Sri Lankas beaches – with their clear blue waters and sweeping white sands – which draw thousands of people to the island every year for surf, sun and copious amounts of rice and curry! Continue reading Hikkaduwa: hippy heaven or polluted beach hell?
Vivacious colours, exotic animals and ancient temples were all things which sprung to mind when I imagined my 6 week trip to India. But there was one thing in particular that had me desperate to cross oceans and land to experience: the food!
Indian cuisine has long been a firm favourite on my dinner plate, and I’m guilty of adding a “curried twist” to almost everything I cook. The prospect of eating authentic Indian food, and trying out regional varieties, was like a dream come true.
Continue reading How to survive as a Vegan in India
Namaste my lovely lazies! It’s been almost two months since I left the rainy, wintery UK to the warm and humid Indian subcontinent, and what adventures I’ve had so far!
It’s been relatively easy to continue my lazy green lifestyle on the road, and me and my little backpack have been living the minimal lifestyle in wedded bliss. That said, it’s not been without it’s challenges.
The biggest issue (which I hasten to add is simply due to my disorganisation) is the amount of plastic water bottles I’ve found myself using in lieu of clean drinking water supplies. I discovered fairly early on that my Brita filter water bottle wouldn’t cut it with Indian tap water and at 20p a pop, I soon found myself succumbing to the convienance of bottled water.
Continue reading Refill mania: Indias zero waste approach to plastic pollution
Udaipur, Rajathans glistening white treasure, has quickly become my favourite city in the world. It’s clean, friendly streets are scattered with quirky galleries and even quirkier people. It’s numerous cool lakes are surrounded by luscious greenery and fascinating heritage.
When you rock up in Udaipur for the very first time, you’d be mistaken for thinking you’d arrived in a remote, untouched part of Italy; were it not for the hundreds of Rajathani mirrored murals which cover it’s city walls. Continue reading Vegan dining in Udaipur: Millets of Mewar
Silhouetted against a backdrop of rolling golden mountains of sand and a deep orange sunset, a dozen camels stroll just a few metres in front of me. The distant smell of rich spices catch my nose and the fading heat of the day gives way to a cool desert breeze.
But this isn’t the relaxing Indian sunset dreams are made of, surrounded by hundreds of tourists as I sit fighting back tears for the wheezing camels who are overworked and tired. This is the popular Sam sand Dunes in Jaisalmer, and it’s left nothing but a bitter taste in my mouth.
Continue reading The cruel case of the Jaisalmer Camel
The last two weeks in India has flown by in a magical, colourful blur and it feels like I have been here for years. I have seen sunrise ceremonies on the river Ganges in Varanasi, been serenaded by Indian army veterans on a steam train in Shimla and browsed through rainbow markets of fresh produce in Ragasthan. The sights, sounds and smells of India charm the senses and no day is ever the same. Well, there’s actually thing thing which stays consistent everyday: the scorching heat! Due to an irregular monsoon this year (is this the effects of climate change?) India is experiencing higher temperatures than what is normal for October and we have been facing days of 36-40 degrees in most areas. It’s almost impossible to walk around for long during midday and I spend every single day red faced and sweaty as I try to find yet another sweet lime stall to quench my thirst.
Continue reading Staying cool with Royal Robins for an iconic royal visit
Nestled within a matrix of narrow, winding streets – jammed with street stalls, motorbikes and roaming cows – The Brown Bread Bakery of Varanasai is a jewl within an already sparkling crown. Ascending up countless flights of stairs – which dangerously lead to floors within a colourful cotton shop jammed with delights – the German style resturant and live music venue enjoys a cool rooftop view over the River Ganges.
But the views and welcome breeze isn’t the only perk which has made the venue a popular hang out and Loney Planet favourite. Aside from the extensive bakery choices, global cheese selection (no vegan cheese on there quite yet though!) and homemade apple cider, the charm is in the ingredients used in the majority of the menu.
Continue reading Ethical dining in Varanasai: The Brown Bread Bakery
Before I arrived in India there were several things I expected to see on its dusty, crowded streets: cows, tuk tuks and a lot of stinky waste. From plastic water bottles, discarded food and shredded clothes, to human excrement of all varieties; India’s public spaces are a breeding ground for illness, yet a source of shelter and food for the many stray dogs, goats, cows and humans who rely on them.
In large built up areas such as Delhi, or even small deprived towns like Pathankot, you can almost become accustomed to the sheer scale of rubbish; envisioning the infrastructure needed to keep on top of such an overwhelming demand. But what’s surprised me the most is the street side trash in the stunningly serene pine tree foothills of Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh areas in the North. Here, you’re surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful mountains, cheeky wild monkeys swinging from the trees and acres of discarded crisp packets!
Continue reading Rubbish India: tackling waste management