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Einstein’s Barber Shop Itinerary – Sri Lanka: Exploring Mountains, Temples, and Coastlines

Einstein’s Barber Shop Itinerary – Sri Lanka: Exploring Mountains, Temples, and Coastlines

Itinerary 3 Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka, we made effective use of trains and busses to see a large percentage of the island in a relatively small period of time. The trip initially took us from Colombo to Kandy by…

Lantau Island – Escaping inside Hong Kong

Lantau Island – Escaping inside Hong Kong

When we arrived in Hong Kong, my expectations were certainly upheld. We stayed in the Mirador Mansion in Kowloon and wandered the shopping district before a stroll along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in the evening. I had expected this extended…

Mid- Level detour – Hong Kong

Mid- Level detour – Hong Kong

Darkness had fallen over Hong Kong and a chilly wind had brought temperatures down to less than 10 degrees as I looked out over the city. The tramline that ran up Victoria Peak continued to ferry passengers, crushed in the…

Travelling the Cultural Triangle – Sri Lanka PART 2

Travelling the Cultural Triangle – Sri Lanka PART 2

Missed part 1? You can read it first here! There is something to be said about arriving at your destination by night. First, there is the anticipation of arriving after a busy day of exploring or driving. Then there is…

Travelling the Cultural Triangle – Sri Lanka PART 1

Travelling the Cultural Triangle – Sri Lanka PART 1

For such a small Island, Sri Lanka certainly overachieves when it comes to opportunities for exploration. The country’s diminutive footprint on a world map (430km from North to South) belies a wealth of historical, geographical, and biological wonders that are…

Barber Shop Photos 25 – Polonnaruwa

Barber Shop Photos 25 – Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is a sprawling city ruin in central Sri Lanka. We visiting in late September 2016 and spent a couple of hours wandering around the crumbling temples. At one stage, I walked away from a car park with a small market…

Barber Shop Photos 22 – Don Khong

Barber Shop Photos 22 – Don Khong

Near the southern boarder of Laos is an archipelago of islands in the Mekong River where tourists go to party during peak travel periods, If you travel there in late September like we did you should miss the worst of…

Barber Shop Photos 17 – Laos Horizontal Waterfall

Barber Shop Photos 17 – Laos Horizontal Waterfall

I’ve always found it hard to capture the majesty of a waterfall. Something in the fluid motion always gets lost as you pull the trigger. It’s no different here – The mile long horizontal waterfall viewed here from the island…

Barber Shop Photos 16 – Petronas by night

Barber Shop Photos 16 – Petronas by night

If you spend any time in Kuala Lumpur, chances are you’ll find yourself in front of this iconic tower. We decided not to take a tour inside the building as the price was prohibitive considering the haze engulfing the city…

Barber Shop Photos 15 – Flores Volcano Sunset

Barber Shop Photos 15 – Flores Volcano Sunset

This week I’m looking back at my trip to Indonesia in July and of the sunset sessions looking out towards Komodo island. There really is something evocative about catching a shot of an active volcano. It’s worth remembering that there…

Travelling in search of culture

Travelling in search of culture

When we travel, one of our goals is always to find a slice of whichever country we’re touring that has been saved the ravages of tourism. As contradictory as it may be, we travel to seek the very thing our…

On the train to Colombo

On the train to Colombo

I have never loved crowds. I have quite the knack for avoiding situations where I have to deal with being crushed against hundreds of sweaty bodies. I shun most events that mean that I’ll have to jostle, fight, bite and…

Barber Shop Photos 11 – Stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka

Barber Shop Photos 11 – Stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka

One thing that fascinates (and concerns) me about travelling is the effect we have on cultural and social practices as we trudge our way through countries that often have vastly different structures than our own. This shot of the stilt…

Rain on Lion Rock (Sigiriya Fortress)

Rain on Lion Rock (Sigiriya Fortress)

Once we decided to travel to Sri Lanka and we began to investigate what to do while on the island, I quickly identified four experiences that I could not miss. Firstly, we wanted to climb Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) and…

Peaking one’s interest

Peaking one’s interest

The harsh buzz of the alarm pierced my fitful rest and I stared bleary-eyed in the direction of the light switch. 1am had arrived – as it so often does – both unannounced and unwelcome. I seriously considered rolling over…

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

  Tropical island holidays have never really tempted me. When I daydream of escaping my day to day routine, my mind draws me not to a recliner on a sandy beach (although it sounds most pleasant), but to exotic adventures…