Celebrating Holi as a tourist in Jaipur

Holi is a Hindu festival of colours, love and spring which is celebrated according to the lunar calendar. As soon as we found out that Holi was just over a week after the wedding we were attending in India it made deciding our travel dates an awful lot easier. We’d both heard of Holi and had seen pictures of the colourful festival, so naturally we were keen to explore it ourselves. It didn’t disappoint, and will certainly be an experience to stay with me for a long time.

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Impressions of India – notes on the journey home

I started our trip writing on the way to the airport about how I was feeling about our upcoming travels, so it seems fitting to spend the journey home capturing some of my impressions of the country we’ve just spent the last 17 days in. This will (hopefully) be one of a number of blog posts which will go into much more detail about what we did, along with tips for first time travellers to India.

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Thoughts about going to India from the bus to the airport

I’m writing this post on the bus to the airport, but it hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I’m going on holiday. I’m not quite sure at what point it will – the whole lead up to this current trip hasn’t quite been the way it would usually be when planning a long haul trip. For the last week I’ve had people asking me if I’m excited, and the honest answer has been that I haven’t really been sure. I feel like I ought to be, and I have had moments of looking forward to it, but for someone who is usually a bit like Tigger before going away, I’ve not really been the same about heading to India.

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Review: Kurios by Cirque du Soleil

We booked our tickets for the Cirque du Soleil Kurios show a few months ago as something to look forward to at the start of 2023, when Christmas felt like a distant memory and it was still cold and dark. Even though I was excited to go to Cirque du Soleil, I was just as much looking forward to a week in London with friends which felt like something we hadn’t done for a really long time. I haven’t been to many circus shows, so whilst I was looking forward to it I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

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Review: Wake the Tiger, Bristol

Wake the Tiger opened in Bristol in the summer of 2022 with a lot of cryptic marketing. Billing itself as an amazement park, it wasn’t really too clear what to expect from a trip to see it. We eventually booked tickets for the beginning of January by which point a few people we knew had been and reported back that the experience was worth it. Part immersive art exhibition, part theatre, part playground, it’s quite difficult to describe so I can see why they decided on the term ‘amazement park’.

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