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Short Eats Olympics

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

In the spirit of the Olympic games, we’ve compiled the following list of some of our favorite “short eats” – meals for travelers on the go – and awarded medals to those that rank in the top three.

We were in our usual rush.  With only one day in Kandy, the small mountain city at the base of Sri Lanka’s tea country, we had ambitions to cover a lot of ground: a visit to the area’s most heralded tea plantation two hours away, a tour of the Buddhist temple here which houses Sri Lanka’s most famous relic, the Buddha’s tooth, and some exploration of the busy streets of downtown Kandy, that swirl around the oddly-located local prison (or “free hotel” as our cab driver calls it) in the town center.

Sadly, as is sometimes the case with determined travelers, we neglected to allot any time for perhaps the most important and yet occasionally overlooked aspect of traveling: eating.untitled-1.jpg Lucky for us, Sri Lanka is home to a phenomenon called “short eats,” their answer to the American burger and fries off the rack. Sri Lanka’s short eats shops, a nice compliment to the country’s already terrific formal sit-down restaurants, usually feature an assortment of stuffed pastries such as the patty, a triangular dumpling filled with curried potatoes, vegetables or fish. Also available are baked sweetbread buns sprinkled with sugar, a remnant from Portuguese colonization. (more…)

China’s big day

Friday, August 8th, 2008

BEIJING, China – What a day!  The world turned its eyes onto Beijing tonight for Opening Ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics, and we were right in the thick of it all in Tiananmen Square and downtown Beijing partying it up with the Chinese on their big day.  See it all in today’s photo gallery.

We’re posting from Beijing as quickly as we can – expect more from the events from tonight shortly.

Doi Suthep National Park

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

CHIANG MAI, Thailand – Even though they drive on the “wrong” side of the road in Thailand, we were really excited to rent mopeds for a day to explore Doi Suthep National Park. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

Chiang Mai’s Walking Market

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

CHIANG MAI, Thailand – We lucked out and got to Chiang Mai on a Sunday. The famous Sunday Walking Market was extensive. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

Railay: Phra Nang Beach

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

RAILAY, Thailand – On our second day in Railay, we decided to jump right in and enjoy all the positive aspects that this beautiful place had to offer. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

Railay: Beauty and the beach resort

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

RAILAY, Thailand – Our first encounter with Railay left us at a loss. The peninsula was full of so much beauty, but so much of it was wasted. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

The Grand Palace

Monday, August 4th, 2008

BANGKOK, Thailand – The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew attract huge crowds. It was not hard to see why the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai kingdom. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

Medical tourism

Monday, August 4th, 2008

BANGKOK, Thailand – One of our LongJaunters was dealing with stomach issues and a high fever we feared might be a recurrence of malaria. The other … See it all in today’s photo gallery.

One night in Bangkok

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

BANGKOK, Thailand – The popular book (and later movie) “The Beach” describes Bangkok’s Khao San Road as “the centre of the backpacking universe.” See it all in today’s photo gallery.

Delhi in a day

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

DELHI, India – After two weeks on the road from Mumbai we arrived in the final destination of our mini-tour of the Indian sub-continent: Delhi, the nation’s capital. Orderly and clean, Delhi defied the characteristics of most big Indian cities that we’ve seen. We spent the morning of our first full (and final) day here exploring the spread of government buildings near the city center, starting here at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

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Thushan Amarasiriwardena

, former Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe, has always loved telling a great story. Combining his eye for visual story telling and his technical background in computer science at North Carolina State University, Thushan has reported on business, sports and travel for The Globe. You can find his site here.

Michael Kurtz

, graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His thesis research focused on the intersection of race and music in Northeastern Brazil. He worked previously as A&R and Production Coordinator for Putumayo World Music, an international music record label based in New York City. You can find his site here.

Brian Rogers

graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Alicia Conway

is LongJaunt's home base chief and a Technical Producer for The Boston Globe. She joined and contributed with the team out in England, Kenya, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Thailand.