Tag Archive for India

80 Couches: 200 and Counting…

To the next adventure: Finland!

This is my 200th published post on 80couches.com! When I started this blog five years ago prior to my move to Korea, I had no idea where my random brain-droppings would take me, or where I would take myself. Since…

Working to Live: Walter Mitty Edition

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Author’s note: this is a follow up to my piece “Working to Live or Living to Work?”  And if you’ve not seen “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” this is my spoiler alert!  One of my favorite movies of the…

Pest Control

My Nagasaki Crabs

One of my unexpected duties in India as the “guy,” was to chase down any unwanted critters from our hotel. And since this was India, this turned into a somewhat regular occurrence. Generally, I preferred not having to kill the unwanted…

Darjeeling

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The 16-hour train ride to New Jalpaiguri and the subsequent 3-hour jeep ride to Darjeeling gave us time to chill out from a stressful last day in Varanasi. The noisy, hot, packed train (at one point there were 18 people…

Varanasi

On the bank of  the Ganges.

I made the decision to not share my thoughts on Varanasi right away. Of all the places we visited,  Varanasi was by far the most intense, dirty, chaotic, and quintessentially Indian city of them all. Quite simply, I needed some…

Khajuraho

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Yesterday was a long, but mostly pleasant trip on a train. The trip lasted more than 8 hours, and we were more than a little nervous at a few points, when the train didn’t seem to be going where we…

Agra and the Taj Mahal

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For third time in as many days, we found ourselves waking up far earlier than we would normal expect to on vacation. But this time, it wasn’t merely from jet-lag or from having to catch some sort of transit to…

Delhi

Red Fort

Sometimes, stereotypes are true. In fact, they are true a good deal of the time. So far, I’ve found every single stereotype about India to be spot-on: the traffic, livestock in the streets, abject poverty paired with incredible sights. When…

Preview: India and Other Things on the Horizon

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As the days in March dwindle, and winter slowly loses its grip on the Korean Peninsula, my impending trip to the Indian subcontinent looms larger and larger ahead. If I largely eschewed technology with my previous trip to the Philippines, I…