Anuradhapura: the intrepid travelling commences

Having made it from the UK to Canada to Colombo with relative ease, we finally kicked off the full backpackers’ experience with a train journey to Anuradhapura. This was a bit of the shock to the system; buying the train tickets alone required some serious commitment (and patience!). Nonetheless, we managed to secure ourselves seats…

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Colombo: 10 things we love about you

Most tourists seem to skip Colombo altogether, flying in and heading straight for Negombo or further afield. Travellers, our guidebook and locals had all told us there was nothing worth hanging around for. Poo-pooing the naysayers, we spent several days in the city, and decided that we rather liked it. Here’s a few things to check…

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Colombo: the beginning of our Asia adventure

When we said goodbye to Sim’s family at the airport in Montreal we realised that, from this moment on, we were truly on our own undertaking a mammoth adventure. It was both an unnerving and exhilarating feeling; perhaps this is how one feels before leaping off a bungee jump platform? 24 hours later, and having…

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Quaint Quebec

Day 7: part two After one of the most expensive train journeys we’ve ever been on, we arrived in Quebec City at dusk. Taking one quick look at the almost vertical hill that Google Maps advised we climb with our 23kg++ backpacks we decided to Uber it to our AirBnB for the next two nights…

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Montreal

“Next time you kiss, do it in French” – Unfortunately we missed Mural Festival in Montreal this year – an urban art exhibition described by the organisers as a “love letter from Montreal to the world”. The output is thrilling, it’s electrifying, and it’s provocative. Fortunately, we had our very own local resident and Montreal aficionado,…

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Wedding bells in Ottawa

Day 5 For those of you not in the know, most North Americans drive everywhere. A four-hour-long journey is considered short. As such, they tend not to take public transit (AKA: public transport) other than for commuting purposes. Ali was not, however, brave enough to drive this time. So, being as tough as nails –…

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Glampacking with the Lords

Earlier this week we visited Ottawa, the nation’s capital, to witness two of our good friends tie the knot. We decided to set aside our backpackers’ budget and take advantage of the special deal they secured for their wedding guests at the rather marvellously named Lord Elgin Hotel in the centre of town. How did…

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