Buying a train ticket from Amritsar to New Delhi should be easy …

Published in: India | December 15th, 2007
A very patient Indian Lady (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I’d already learned not to have high expectations. I was pushing these feelings as far down as possible about India every minute. True the Golden Temple was amazing, but the country continued to rub me the wrong way. Getting a simple train ticket was just another example. I was at the train… Continue reading more »

The Golden Temple is better than the Taj Mahal, a new world wonder

Published in: India | December 14th, 2007
The Golden Temple at Night, Amritsar, India (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Somethings are obvious before you even get there. For me that’s what I felt about the Golden Temple in Amritsar versus the Taj Mahal in Agra. I knew little about the Golden Temple, and it simply soared high in my expectations. I entered the main archway that led to the temple, the… Continue reading more »

From Lahore Pakistan, to Amritsar India – I am not alone

Published in: India, Pakistan | December 14th, 2007
Women selling the Koran (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I’d traveled solo for quite sometime. Now in Lahore I’d be joined by a young German traveler on one of “those” Indian journey’s. This in itself did little to inspire me to travel India. I had not a single inclination that I would enjoy myself in the land of many a backpacker.… Continue reading more »

One of the worlds most beautiful Mosques, Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

Published in: Pakistan | December 13th, 2007
The Huge Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan

Travel Journal Overview: I have been in, and lived in many Islamic countries, and have seen many mosques. To me their unique architectural outlines and structures are very unique in the world. Badshahi Mosque in Lahore was a lot more. The sheer scale of the courtyard alone was incredible, but it offered a beauty I… Continue reading more »

Getting to see the Wagah Border Ceremony

Published in: Pakistan | December 12th, 2007
The Wagah Border Ceremony from the Pakistani side (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: No one seemed that excited about the Wagah border when I mentioned it. Few actually knew what it was. For me I knew a little of the history between Pakistan and India. And, I think more than anything else for an overland traveler it is one of the greatest spectacles on earth… Continue reading more »

Visiting Lahore Fortress, and then getting blown away by Badshahi mosque

Published in: Pakistan | December 12th, 2007
Badshahi Mosque viewed from Lahore Fortress (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview:Lahore fort was best seen by giving some baksheesh to the guard. Then spending the day in delight

Getting lost in Lahore

Published in: Pakistan | December 11th, 2007
The streets of Pakistan (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I’d grown an aversion to tourists. Day trippers from India, hippies, and hashish smokers. This in turn started to annoy me, I was nearing India, and knew there would be more. I slept as well as one could expect. 8 beds remained empty that night, and I wondered why the idiot in reception… Continue reading more »