Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa: the impossible journey?

So, you’ve just spent a few special days relaxing on the beaches of Uppuveli or Nilaveli and are readying yourself for taking in the sites of Polonnaruwa. Only one thing stands in your way: the journey there! This was a conundrum we faced and we’re afraid to say there is no easy way to get…

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A battle of two cities: Anuradhapura vs Polonnaruwa

Many visitors to Sri Lanka only have time to take in either Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa. Luckily for us, with the luxury of a whole month to explore Sri Lanka we were able to take in both. In our opinion, Polo would win hands down in a battle between the two ancient capitals. So, if you only…

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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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Start of the adventure: Toronto

Day 1: getting there Having conducted a long-distance love affair for an entire year based on the mercy of a blue and yellow automotive of the skies, we swore on a four-leaf clover that we’d never fly budget again. Well, never say never! We received a very “Marmite” (love it or hate it) review of…

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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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Toronto

“C’est cool, mon chum” – Eagle-eyed Ali spotted a tiny little dot on the map marked ‘Grafitti Alley’, so we hopped onto a streetcar – super exciting in itself for newbie riders – from the quayside to explore. Given its name, we were expecting something a little edgy and un-sanitised. Instead we found some very…

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The Mega Adventure

To mark the end of Simran’s PhD we’re taking a brief hiatus from hectic London life to backpack around Asia for six months; on a journey of self-discovery. Having dusted off the old DofE kit, packed our rucksacks, prodded by countless injections, we are off to Canada (congrats Matt & Robyn), Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar…

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