I can now ‘cross’ Cambodia and Turkey off my wish-list – for now, having made my first visit to both countries in 2008. Siem Reap with its magnificent Angkor Wat and the Bayon and Ta Phrom and Istanbul in the cloak of early winter were both enchanting and I am thankful that I was able to make these trips, if only for a few days.
Now for the 2009 wish-list: definitely Europe, for having lived in London for a year, I never managed to visit any of Europe – so hoping for a couple of cities this spring-summer – I have Amsterdam and Paris in mind… and if I do visit the UK then, this time I want to travel to Wales…
And within India, the Pushkar cattle fair is high on my list – anyone wishing to join me please sign up right away. Mandu has been on the list for a long time now as have Ajanta-Ellora and this year, I hope to make it to one of these places. Ladakh is a dream, but I am sceptical about making it happen in 2009. This year, I will definitely make a wildlife trip – Ranthambhore was exciting (I was there in early summer and got baked – but it was so worth it) – Bandhavgarh or Kanha?
Anyway, I could go on and on… *Sigh*…
On a happier note, I got a lot of travel writing done last year – with several pieces getting published. I intend to make a list of these some time soon for ready reference – but for now, you can find them all here. I have a few articles from recent travels that I need to put down on paper soon – specifically on Thanjavur and the Chola temples and Turkey – both Istanbul and Ephesus.
Once again, here is to a wanderful and footloose and 2009, all of you!