Pathikka Travel Blog

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My blog is a travel memoir of the journeys I’ve taken so far. It reflects my thoughts on how I look at a place, its culture, its people, and what I gain at the end of my travel. I combine it with photography I do on these journeys. At the end of the day, through this blog, I relive the moments I spent at different places and try to leave something for the reader as well to take away from my travel stories.
It was my new found desire to travel more and my love for writing that brought this blog to its origin. It was my first solo trip to Hampi, India that made me write about it and share it with friends. For me traveling is more than just following your itinerary blindly without knowing the place and its culture.
My travel experiences have made me see the world from an altogether different angle, and has made me more humble and accepting of the differences in the cultures we live in. Be it offbeat paths, local cuisines, or a small chat with my host, everything adds to my travel experience which I then try to put into words.
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The two Doctors blog

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The two Doctors blog 

I avoid Blog Awards like the chain mail promotions they are, I refuse to answers 10 personal questions about myself to satisfy somebody else’s blog, but reblogs and writing a freeform story about one’s blog seems perfectly acceptable to me, correction …. to both of us. I’m drafting this post sipping a glass of Picpoul de Pinet listening to Bob Dylan ….. Blowin’ in The Wind waiting for the beef joint in the oven to reach perfection, which might reveal more about us than any written word.

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“The Two Doctors” was a comment made by John Cleese in an episode of the brilliant TV series Fawlty Towers, picked up by some close friends who said over dinner one evening …. “that’s you two”, and it’s stuck for 40 years. The Two Doctors blog is a reflection of our lives rather than a blog that is motivated by …… anything! We met as PhD students, hence two ACTUAL doctors, one a scientist, the other a psychologist. Both Buddhists. These are the facts about us that infuse our blog and its posts.

We seem to remember our first blog being about mountaineering, travelling annually to see family in Nepal mixed with hard trekking and even harder summiting of 20,000 ft+ peaks. You’ll find a few of those posts from over 20 years ago buried on our blog. We retired early and started to travel, luxury stuff around Europe, then China, India, Nepal of course, and even a three week rail trip coast to coast USA. For the next couple of years this was the blog now called “It is Better to Arrive than to Travel”; think about it! Then we created and ran an education aid charity in Nepal developing 200 schools and training 2000 teachers … Nepal Schools Aid, absorbed into our current blog. Our work in Nepal lasted for eight years and ended three years ago ….. the blog? It now morphed around our hobby of wine collecting and was called “Buddha Walks into a Wine Bar” reflecting our Buddhist faith, wine collecting and interest in ancient philosophy. Posts were an eclectic mix of these three topics, often merging and often written as a conversation between ourselves and Buddha, who we call Sid (do you know why?) in a wine bar. And finally, at the beginning of this year we began a project searching Dr B’s family history ….

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So the blog title changed to “Buddha Walks into a Library” which seems more apt than meeting the holy one in a wine bar! Dr C’s family are all from Kathmandu and no DNA testing is going to reveal migration from Africa or Europe; her family are of the Newar caste and all of the surname Tuladhar which wouldn’t help census record searching in Kathmandu even if there were any! Dr B’s family all originate in southern England, Cornwall or Kent, mostly being tin miners or agricultural workers going back to medieval times, but what interests him the most is revealing the historical context of their lives within each generation such as The Wars of The Roses, Dissolution of The Monasteries, The Poor Law, The Corn Laws, The English Civil War, The Industrial Revolution and of course ……. Bloody Brexit! I’ll shut up! Best regards from The Two Doctors …… and Sid of course!

Ethno blog

Ethno
    Ethno blog

Ethno blog 

Ethno, my blog, follows my travels around the world and the food I encounter wherever I go. I love finding national specialties or local traditions and I really like trying to replicate these things back home in the UK (with very mixed results).

The main area I focus on is the Balkans, Turkey, the Caucasus and the Middle East but the blog is always evolving so this may well change.

I got to a point in my life where I felt like I was getting stuck in a rut and work was dominating all my time and energy. That’s when I decided to follow my interests and not neglect them anymore. 

I’m never happier than when I’m exploring new places, eating national/regional/local food specialties and speaking foreign languages. Rather than keep this to myself I decided to start sharing my adventures with other people and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest I have received. You wouldn’t believe how many people read my post about Azerbaijani vegetarian food !!

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Becoming the muse blog

 

Becoming The Muse
Becoming the muse blog

My blog is Titled Becoming The Muse

Growing up I used to be fascinated by conversations with my grandparents and my grandfather would tell stories of our ancestry on  a moonlit
sometimes they were outlandish tales of magic and folklore other times
simply recollections of the old days when history was made.

We don’t sit around fires anymore telling stories into the night and
we are slowly forgetting the beauty and magic in our past, my blog is
my journey into trying to capture the essence of where I am from and
the history happening around me while it is happening, and for the world to see Africa’s narrative from my perspective.

I am a storyteller in a digital world and these are my words.