Prambanan, Merapi and James gets a new job at Alfamart

The names Yogyakarta, Borobudur and Prambanan are nearly always uttered in the same breath; if you visit one, chances are you visit them all.  Like Borobudur, Prambanan is also UNESCO listed and is also dazzlingly impressive. This time, we did not need to venture out while it was still dark and had a more leisurely … Continue reading Prambanan, Merapi and James gets a new job at Alfamart

The far north of Sri Lanka – Jaffna and the Jaffna Peninsula

Whilst it is becoming more popular with tourists, Jaffna can still be considered to be off the beaten track and it has a very different feel to the rest of the country. There is a noticeably greater Hindu influence and a lot of the key sites are temples. There is also a more conservative attitude … Continue reading The far north of Sri Lanka – Jaffna and the Jaffna Peninsula

Exploring the ancient treasures of Dambulla and Sigiriya (with subtitles)

Our brief visit to Kandy ended with our host organising for his mate to give us a lift to the bus station on the cheap. Said friend dropped us in an alleyway, pointed at what appeared to be a far distant bus, said “short cut” and gestured down a set of steps. We were unconvinced … Continue reading Exploring the ancient treasures of Dambulla and Sigiriya (with subtitles)