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Former Westmorland Gazette reporter Emma Lidiard is travelling the world - and sharing her experiences with you via her blog
5:01pm Friday 3rd May 2013
You may have heard the words 'over-developed', 'packed with tourists' and 'crowded beaches' used to describe modern Thailand. So had I. These phrases are enough to put any traveller or tourist off visiting the country and, if it was not for the fact it was nestled neatly into our journey, I would have missed Thailand out altogether. But this would have been a terrible mistake, because now I've experience the silk-coated country it has been promoted to one of my favourite places.
5:03pm Friday 3rd May 2013
Our Malaysian adventure began with a double dose of China town. In the historic fishing town of Malacca, at the southern tip of the country, we spent one night exploring the city's lantern-lighted canal and its miniature art-shops and cafés. This Chinese-decorated area served up ice cream with sweet corn, red kidney beans, dark treacle, coconut sorbet and strawberry sauce. It was quite an awakening for my English taste buds. The contrasting textures of the individual ingredients were not appealing to me, Sam on the other hand really enjoyed it- but if you happen to come across one on a menu somewhere I recommend trying it as it was an interesting experience.
6:16pm Friday 5th April 2013
Once upon a time in a land far far away, there was a kingdom where everything ran like clockwork, with no rubbish in the streets or plaguing the rivers, everybody walked around the spacious pavements smiling, the air was filled with the soft scent of flowers, toilets flushed themselves and waiters brought cold water every time someone entered from the blissful heat.
Listening to the soothing voice of Bob Dylan while chugging through the Hill Country of Sri Lanka, with the sun beaming between the leaves and smiling locals offering me bananas, has to be one of my favourite memories on this island.
2:23pm Tuesday 12th March 2013
4:30pm Monday 18th February 2013
'Some things in life are destined to be', I was told by a self-proclaimed monk, who prefers to call himself a wanderer rather than a traveller and who said he dreamt of the organic farm, where we’re staying, months before he arrived.
5:10pm Tuesday 5th February 2013
3:38pm Tuesday 5th February 2013
I'm going to die when I'm 89, have a household full of children and be careful with my money; these are the predictions of an old Indian fortune teller who we meet mediating in the shady ruins of an ancient temple. He had long finger nails, young eyes and a mobile phone in his shirt pocket. We have moved on now from the sandy yellow beaches of Goa to the rocky landscape of Hampi.
10:49am Tuesday 5th February 2013
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