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Derek Darke

My partner Carol and I set off on a 400 day long trip around the Indian Subcontinent. Travelling mainly by local bus it proved to be an extraordinary adventure as we rubbed shoulders with many interesting people and visited fascinating places. We travelled through Sri Lanka, much off India and into Nepal and wrote the book Cardamom Days upon which my blog is based. We wanted the trip to be extraordinary and extraordinary is what it proved to be.


Woman Paddling on Dal Lake

Behind the tourist area of Dal Lake with its many holiday house boats is a network of canals that is the lifeblood of the local community. There is an early morning...


Net Fishing from the Beach

We wandered to the beach early one morning to find that fishing boats had circled the harbour and laid the nets for the other fishermen to drag in from the beach. We...


Cape Cross Seal

Cape Cross Seal Reserve can be found on the west coast of Namibia and is the largest Fur Seal colony in the world with a population of around 250,000 seals. Fur Seals...


Camel Herder at Pushkar

Hundreds of camel herders gather for the Camel Fair at Pushkar each year along with thousands of their camels. The casual onlooker sees many men sitting with their...


Happy Diwali

The Diwali Festival has brought back memories of the remarkable night we spent last year in the blue city of Jodpur. We had been joined on our travels by our good...


Ponte Vecchio at Sunrise

We were enjoying an early morning stroll along the banks of the Arno River in Florence. It was very quiet and peaceful and as we approached the Ponte Vecchio a shaft of...


Working too hard

It was noticeable during our travels how hard the women in the rural communities had to work to sustain themselves and their families. In many places the workload was...

Coffee & Pepper

We had decided to spend a few days in Kakkabe which is an area of Karnataka that boasts large areas of coffee plantations. Having been dropped off from our bus in the...


Zebra in Etosha National Park

One of the joys of visiting Etosha National Park is the time spent gazing at the activity around the waterholes. After a while the drinking hierarchy amongst the animals...


Chinese Fishing Nets

The Sun setting behind the Chinese fishing nets at Kochi in Kerala is a stunning sight and a popular tourist attraction although the nets themselves have a dual use of...

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