Where to Stay in Kandy, Sri Lanka

With my new Chinese friends, who it turns out are leaving today, lonely I am not. I met them over lunch at a small local joint. I was eating fish curry and dal and roti. When I was half through a Chinese couple joined me. They showed up in a group of six, but there… Continue reading Where to Stay in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Why Sri Lanka is Not “India Lite”

Max told Daniel he’d feel ready to return home as soon as he landed in Sri Lanka, that he’d get there and think, more of the same, and that would be that, the adventure would be gone. Same dark-skinned people, same hectic bazars, same age-old churches none as impressive as the great cathedrals of Europe,… Continue reading Why Sri Lanka is Not “India Lite”

What Daniel Adler Learned From India

Daniel learned a lot from India. Yesterday on the bus ride to Pondicherry, he looked out at the lushness of South India and thought how much more easygoing it was than the arid north of mustaches and turbans, of cheating and motorcycles with gold pots hanging off the back, of simooms and Indian pride. He… Continue reading What Daniel Adler Learned From India

What To Do In Hyderabad

A nice thing about backpacking India is the loosies on every corner. I don’t smoke– much. I had just finished my second biryani of the day, chicken over rice with spicy sauce, and a sudden urge came over me to smoke. I don’t usually indulge such urges, but I didn’t feel like going back to… Continue reading What To Do In Hyderabad

An Indian Affair

Every man has tastes and pleasures. That is natural, and some, me included, would say it’s bad to deny them too often. Sometimes, irrespective of these pleasures, a man witnesses a glory of life, when the sun looks all too real, like it was borne for him, and the trees flicker with the guiding resonance… Continue reading An Indian Affair

Daniel Adler In Another Good And Not So Good Adventure

Daniel had a pretty fast-paced few days, he did. There’s always the adventure of being in transit and on the way to Orcha, and this time it wasn’t particularly good or bad. First off, there was that family on the bus with seven children aged between 3 and 17 laughing and talking loudly and staring… Continue reading Daniel Adler In Another Good And Not So Good Adventure

Daniel Adler Eats Silver in Rajasthan

On a jouncy five in the afternoon bus to Kota, I shut my eyes, burning from desert dust, while wind heated my face like a hairdryer. I chose the back because my bag had to have a seat, is far too big to put up in the baggage racks. I grunted noticeably when the bus… Continue reading Daniel Adler Eats Silver in Rajasthan

Daniel Adler(s) View the End of a RTW Trip

So we’ve been having a pretty good time hanging out in India. Despite what some may think of as “dicking around,” they don’t have half an idea of what we’ve been doing with our days, since it’s very boring to read about someone sitting in different rooftop restaurants and drinking mango lassis and reading and… Continue reading Daniel Adler(s) View the End of a RTW Trip

Daniel Adler At An Indian Wedding

Daniel walked to Roshan’s shop slightly after six. He waited there and watched the end of what must have been 2012,  a clearly terrible movie despite the very nice notion of all surviving humans returning to the continent whence they originally came. Roshan played bad Indian music and showed him pictures of attractive American girls… Continue reading Daniel Adler At An Indian Wedding

Daniel Adler Rides Through Rajasthan, Thanks to Rich Indian Friends

I sat in the air conditioning and laughed at how cool it was, how I’ve been depriving myself of the pleasure of being temperate and not sweating. “Come to my house,” Roshan said, “And it’s like this all the time.” Because Roshan is fair-skinned, and his father works for the narcotics department, shipping opium to… Continue reading Daniel Adler Rides Through Rajasthan, Thanks to Rich Indian Friends