Divine Touch

After over a year on the road, we were more than ready for a back rub – and what better place than Rishikesh with its many massage therapists offering menus of Ayurvedic treats. Cheap by nature, Tony and I didn’t just rush into the first massage center we saw, but, instead, waited for our friends to go through the treatments and then report back to us.

Anicca, a Rishikesh friend who is going through a 5-day treatment package, is the leading expert and has given us valuable insight into the world of massage. Continue…

The Ultimate Meltdown

I was sitting in our hotel restaurant, joking over my shoulder with my new Rishikesh friends when I suddenly caught a glimpse of an unknown arrival who had sat herself down at my table. I turned to discover her twisted up face struggling to control that stressed-induced mania so common among visitors to India. Just as I noticed her indexed finger tapping uncontrollably on the table, the dam burst.

“I’ve been in the country for one week,” were her first words, skipping the introductions, “and now I’ve just gone down and booked a ticket out of this hell hole.”

Over the next hour and a half, the traumatized Australian women recounted the abuse and mistreatment she had endured in her very short time in India. Her sad story began Continue…

White Sewage Rafting

As some of you might remember from our Holy Crap posting in Varanasi, the Ganges is not exactly ready for bottling as drinking water. It seems Hindus celebrate the beauty of their most holy river by dumping trash, human waste, chemicals and anything nasty they have lying around into the sacred waters.

So when our crazy group of new friends staying at the Swiss Bandari Guest House suggested that we go white water rafting, I was skeptical to say the least. Continue…

TnT Do Yoga

Our first yoga class was an important step toward self-realization. We sadly realized that we far from touching our toes. Little did we know that we were equally incompetent in the fine arts of “sitting straight” and “standing correctly.” It took a couple of 2-hour sessions before the yoga instructor could walk by us without Continue…