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Obviously we all come to Siem Reap to visit the huge temple complexes outside of town – But when it’s raining?  Really, its pretty hard to appreciate the temples when its pissing it down.  Sadly on my last trip we found that it rained pretty much all the time – so we learned a little about the town.

Anyway, my little list

1 boys fish spa1. Get a fish spa – A little bit tickly at first, you soon get used to it and 30 minutes later all the dead skin is gone from your feet.  And at $2, with a free beer, it’s a bargain.

7 crocs2. Visit the Crocodile Farm. With more than a thousand crocodiles, it keeps you busy for at least 30 minutes – and it’s only $7 to feed them a live duck!

8 rice cake3. Eat – There a literally hundreds of options in Siem Reap for food.  From local food down the market, to upmarket French – And everything in between.  Fresh morning pastries at The blue pumpkin are my personal favourite.

10 happy herb pizza4. Have a happy herb pizza – It’s pizza, with herbs that make you happy – what else is there to say?

11 mantis brekkie

5. Do nothing – Just kick back on your balcony and relax – and hang with the praying mantis as we did.  Sometimes it’s good just to have a rest from all the people trying to sell you stuff, take you on tours, have you eat in their restaurants……Don’t forget you’re on holiday

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Karnataka, the centre of the south and home to the abandoned city of Hampi, beautiful Mysore – of  Mysore Masala Dosa fame – and party town Bangalore.

check out some of my photos

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Varanasi

Personally I couldn’t stand Varanasi.  This might have been because of the thick cow shit spread over every piece of ground or it might have been because when there I contracted a virus that gave me a fever and an all over rash.  However most people rave about this place and cant wait to go down to watch someones carcass burn on an open fire, somehow feeling spiritual.  And to all you twats that kept telling me its the oldest city in the world, its Damascus, not Varanasi.

Anyway here’s some photos

The burning ghats, Varanasi’s main attraction.

Ghatside

The biggest Bull I have ever seen, on one of varanasi’s cleaner streets – Honestly!

Some more ghat action

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Lucknow Zoo

Or rather the train station.  In india there’s lots of places with animals roaming the streets. But Lucknow takes the prize for most wildlife.  There are cows everywhere.  An article in the Indian times about the problem was in the paper the day we left.  Apparently there are 200 dairies inside the city limits.  And once a cow is past its milking years they just abandon it to the streets.

Obviously there are the obligatory monkey troops and packs of dogs roaming around too. and this is only the train station. 

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The Holy Cows of Mysore

You get used to seeing cows everywhere in India – temples, city centres, bus and railway stations, in the middle of busy roads.  And I have to say I find them quite fascinating.  The just hang out, look a bit melancholy and pretty much ignore what’s going on around them.

I’m sure everybody looks at these cows and thinks it must be terrible for them, having to eat all this rubbish when they could be in a nice green field munching on grass.  But eating grass uses a lot of energy – and a lot of stomachs and there’s very little nutritional value.  How much easier it is to digest the fruit and veg that we don’t want.

In Mysore the cows have got it really sorted, just hang about the Devaraja market and eat all the stuff that isn’t good enough for sale.  And I’m not talking about rotten fruit.  The average market throws away tons of perfectly good food every day, just because it doesn’t look quite right.  If it doesn’t people won’t buy it.

But it doesn’t stop there, the cows beg.  They stand in front of a vendor till he gives in and hands over some food.  Or sometimes even a restaurant or shop.  You see this elsewhere but the Mysore cows seem to have the edge over the others.

The people provide for the cows because they see the cows as representing Nandi the bull, Shiva’s vehicle.  Cows get food, people get good karma.  Everybody’s happy.

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