The Mis­ad­ven­tures of Romesh Ran­ganathan

stand-up co­me­dian Romesh Ran­ganathan vis­its coun­tries that tourists usu­ally avoid…

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Co­me­dian Romesh Ran­ganathan trav­els be­yond his com­fort zone to some dan­ger­ous coun­tries in this new trav­el­ogue.

When it comes to hol­i­day­ing abroad, co­me­dian Romesh Ran­ganathan ad­mits his idea of a good time is ly­ing be­side a pool. But for his new BBC2 travel se­ries he im­merses him­self in some of the world’s most beau­ti­ful but dan­ger­ous des­ti­na­tions, where most tourists fear to tread.

His first port of call is Haiti, a coun­try rav­aged by a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake in

2010. ‘All I re­ally knew about Haiti was there’s loads of poverty, it was run by dic­ta­tors and they’re heav­ily into voodoo,’ says Romesh.

The dad-of-three con­fesses to be­ing gen­uinely ter­ri­fied when he was taken to a voodoo cer­e­mony. ‘Es­sen­tially it was dark, there were some funny smells and drum­ming, but be­cause of all my pre­con­cep­tions, ev­ery­thing was mas­sively ramped up in my head,’ says Romesh. ‘It was like go­ing into the woods at night just af­ter you’ve watched a horror movie set in a for­est!’

Romesh also vis­its Ethiopia and Al­ba­nia, and there are plenty more hair-rais­ing mo­ments as he looks for wolves and even gets a tat­too! But while the show is pep­pered with his wry ob­ser­va­tions, there are many sober­ing mo­ments too.

In Haiti, he vis­its the poor­est area of its cap­i­tal, Port-au-Prince. ‘There were chil­dren liv­ing in ter­ri­ble con­di­tions and peo­ple wan­der­ing around with guns. Haiti is in the Caribbean so it’s got nice weather and stun­ning beaches, but I have never seen poverty like it.’

Ex­plorer… Romesh on his trav­els

Sober­ing… Romesh trav­els to pover­tys­tricken Haiti

Ethiopia… Stark and stun­ning

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