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Nov 21, 2011 - Three Cups of Tea

Knowing that part of this book were fabrications, but not exactly knowing which parts, I had a hard time enjoying the book. I felt the entire story was tainted. I found the kidnapping story unbelievable and wasn't surprised to find that that part was a lie. I also felt his "defense," (where he blamed the inaccuracies on his co-author) especially distasteful. Did he not read it before it was published? Surely he could have stopped the lies at that point had he wanted! I do however agree with a few things he says: "Once you educate the...

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Oct 22, 2008 - Lahore

Up early - confusion as to 'old time' and 'new time' a difference of one hour(daylite saving in new, ha!)made our visit to Ashoke Rocks a bit chaotic. The taxi was supposed to take us to the rocks first then bus station but instead took us directly to bus. We were told it was leaving at 9(by new time we're there at 8:30), so Mari was bummed until the fellow selling tickets arranged a taxi to the Rocks & back claiming there was no problem. Indeed there was no problem because they were going by 'old time' and the bus didn't leave for an hour...

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Nov 28, 2007 - More Lahore

Back to the Regale Inn at Lahore, my favourite city in Pakistan, to sit out the week long wait for my Indian visa. I like Lahore because its one of Pakistan's more outward looking cities; its OK to walk around in jeans and a T-shirt here, and then there's food street and ice-cream street both of which I couldn't stay away from. Malik, being the well connected person that he is, has managed to obtain some complimentary tickets to an international music fesitval being held in Lahore. Its not as international as its billed as most performers...

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Where's Malcolm?

Nov 16, 2007 - Lahore

Today I motivated myself to do yet more sightseeing and visited Lahore Fort and the Badshahi Mosque. The fort is nothing special to be honest, and gets better reviews that it deserves. The mosque on the other hand is worth a trip, its free to get in, the only hassle being tour guides masquerading as inquisitive Lahori's.

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Where's Malcolm?

Nov 13, 2007 - Lahore

We took the train to Lahore, and stayed at the excellent Regale Internet Inn. First impressions of Lahore are good, however there's is a heavy policy presence following Benazir Bhutto's declaration that she was going to start her march against the President here. I think she's currently under house arrest, and police presence aside everyone seems to be going about their daily routines as normal. Everyone who passes through Lahore seems to stay at the Regale, run by the very happy go lucky and multi-talented Malik, who seems to be one of the...

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Where's Malcolm?

Apr 28, 2007 - Amritsar

Up at 5am, looked into the mirror to find some strange markings on my face, only down the right side. After closer inspection turned out to be the print left behind from the quality pillows they use. After much scrubbing I gave up and went to the train station looking like I had been in a fight with Ronald McDonald. Arrived at the station where, it was 6am, I was set upon by some bloke trying to sell train tickets at the most ridiculous markup I have every seen. He started by saying that the train I was on took 30hrs to get to Amritsar and...

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On another jaunt...

Apr 27, 2007 - The India-Pakistan Border

We arrived in Amritsar and headed straight for the border with Pakistan, 30 km west of the city, to witness the nightly "closing of the border" ceremony. This ceremony is attended by a surprising number of people on the Indian side, however the evening we were there, there were very few people in the Pakistani seats. The buses and cars are required to park some distance from the border buildings, but because Anil's brother, Col. Ajay had made prior arrangements, we were able to proceed further into the official zone and were seated in the...

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Feb 24, 2007 - Amritsar ... a place of gentle, kind people (Matt & Laura)

Matt: It is a relaxing train trip that takes us from Delhi to Amritsar, six hours interspersed with lunch and tea breaks. Before long, the substantial distance is behind us and we have arrived. There is one main reason to come to Amritsar: to visit Hari Mandir Sahib (more well-known as the Golden Temple), the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. The train is filled with Sikhs, presumably either travelling home or for a pilgrimage to the temple. Indeed, as our autorickshaw winds through narrow streets and alleys packed almost to gridlock...

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Jan 29, 2007 - Trainspotting

I've become rather addicted to trains since I've been in India. They're a nice way to travel, you can get the overnight sleeper trains (and save on a nights accomodation!) which are pretty comfortable if you go 2AC class and wake up at your destination. With four people in a compartment you can snuggle down in the Indian Railway blankets and get rocked to sleep as the train thunders on through the night. This is just as well because I've been spending a lot of time on trains these last few days. My journey from Jaisalmer to Amritsar took...

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If not now, when?

Dec 17, 2006 - Sikh and you shall find..(in Amritsar)....

the land of the Punjabi! Namaste, hello and welcome to yet another edition of our whirlwind part of the tour. We've left Rajasthan and have arrived in the Punjab state - the land of smiles. We caught yet another (non) sleeper train, which was meant to be a 17 hour trip but of course, the train arrived in Amritsar 3 hours behind schedule, so it turned into a 20 hour trip. At least this train wasn't so dusty and we could breathe! However we had to share our compartment with a new bride and her army husband along with all their wordly...

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Get It INDIA!

Dec 8, 2006 - Amritsar & Attari

We seem to have well and truely jumped on the backpacker trail now. For the first few weeks, India was very thin on foreign travellers, and at times we felt like the only Anglo's in town. The looks we received seemed to confirm this too. The next stop for us was Amritsar, another epic train ride taking us to the home of the Golden Temple, the centre of the Sikh universe where a turban and the head wobble go hand in hand. The temple itself houses a massive 'inn' where devotees and the curious can stay in a clean bed for free, get fed a nice...

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The Wanderer

Dec 5, 2006 - Amritsar

On my friend Helen's reccommendation I headed up to Amritsar in Punjab to see the Golden Temple. It is the centre of the Sikh religion and most of the locals wear the colourful Sikh turbans covering their long, dark hair. I arrived early morning and it was cold, dark and wet so I headed straight for the Golden temple.. This is my first day of rain in India and I don't like it. As I was walking around the rickshaws splashed me with all the dirt from the road, I even got it in my eye! pleasant.. hey? Anyway, the Golden Temple is great and...

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