India – lost in translation?

lost in translation

Travel brings many trials and tribulations, many of which can be attributed to language barriers.

Hand gestures and pointing only goes so far… especially when it comes to finding a toilet… awkward.

What we found in India is how detrimental ‘lost in translation’ situations can be – specifically when it comes to Trip Advisor reviews.

When reading reviews before going to India I picked several spots based on glowing reviews from happy travellers. What I failed to take into account was who was writing reviews… and what they are trying to say versus reality.

So for your viewing pleasure I’ve picked some reviews about places I ended up visiting that weren’t quite what they were made out to be:


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Translation: This review is about a bridge in Mumbai. I mean it’s a nice bridge… but it’s a bridge. I wasn’t excited.


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Translation: If you find peace and happiness in being stalked by hawkers, threatened, attacked by flying animals (these things are too big to be described as bugs) and eyed up by disease carrying stray dogs, then sure… you will find a shit load of peace and happiness and happiness here.


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Translation: “Good natured but persistent” is truly the most diplomatic description I’ve ever heard. This person must be a politician. I watched the hawkers here bully tourists and literally jump on the back of a moving vehicle to try and sell their shit, scaring the bejesus out of visitors.


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Translation: “Great shopping experience”, “For Sale” and “great demo” are interesting perceptions of this marble shop. After watching very talented craftsmen make marble art, we were locked in a room and forced to buy before we could leave. Then were told the owner is a mean alcoholic who is horrible to his staff… So in this case Great shopping experience = forced purchase from slave labour.


So friends, when it comes to Trip Advisor buyer beware… top tips:

  1. Look at where the reviewer comes from – perception is everything and people from different regions of the world to you may have different perceptions.
  2. People are welcome to have their own opinions – even if they are shit and wrong. Don’t take everyones opinion as gospel.

Ok that’s all for now… More actual tales from our actual trip to come soon. For now, rant over, thanks for listening 🙂

Life’s a beach

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√  Sun beaming down on you till your skin turns red.

√  Sand getting in between your toes… and in other crevasses.

√  Hair wet and cascading down your back… into a knotty mess.

That’s when you know life’s a beach – and goddam isn’t it great.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit more than my fair share of beaches. Living on an island I am privy to loads of amazing spots and over the years I’ve travelled to outstanding ocean shores.

So for your viewing pleasure I’ve compiled photos from beaches around the world. Here they are in alphabetical order, basically because I couldn’t pick my favourites 🙂

Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi, Italy

Blenheim 2

Blenheim, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove2

Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

Croatia

Croatia

Croatia2

Croatia

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Fiji

Fiji

Fiji2

Fiji

Gallipoli

Gallipoli, Turkey

Hahei

Hahei, New Zealand

Halong Bay

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Hvar

Hvar, Croatia

Kaikoura

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Koh Samui

Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand

Koh Tao, Thailand

Maraetai 2

Maraetai, New Zealand

Maraetai

Maraetai, New Zealand

Mission Bay

Mission Bay, New Zealand

Montenegro 2

Montenegro

Montenegro

Montenegro

Nha Trang

Nha Trang, Vietnam

North Shore Auckland

North Shore Auckland, New Zealand

Northland

Northland (Coopers Beach) New Zealand

Omaha nz

Omaha, New Zealand

Positano

Positano, Italy

Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

Rangitoto

Rangitoto, New Zealand

Rangitoto2

Rangitoto, New Zealand

Siem Reap

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sorrento

Sorrento, Italy

Sounds nz

South Island (Malborough Sounds), New Zealand

Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Waiheke

Waiheke, New Zealand

Waiheke2

Waiheke, New Zealand

West coast nz

West Coast, New Zealand