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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel March 8th 2014

We arrived on Saturday at lunch time after spending hours at the Kathmandu international airport awaiting a visa. If we'd know, we would have organised our visa prior to arrival... Kathmandu is a messy city. Messy in the sense that it feels as though roads and buildings have been constructed without greater planning. Also it is definitely evident that Nepal is very much a developing country. The tallest buildings are approximately 5 stories tall and are guesthouses or apartments. The roads are very dusty and the traffic can be described as organised chaos however it appears like there is very little organised about it. Around Thamel, the tourist district, the roads are narrow with no footpaths and touristy trekking shops and souvenir shops spill onto the road. Pedestrians are forced to share the space with shop ... read more
Temple in Durbar Square
Hindu god of Justice in Durbar Square
View from Palace tower - 9 storeys tall

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal March 4th 2014

exchange rate $1AUD = 87NPR We departed Australia from the Gold Coast flying the no frills Air Asia. Our departure was made a little unpleasant thanks to a grumpy old customs lady that thought that if she explained the tax refund scheme rules louder and louder each time that we might understand what the hell she was getting at. Ahh love, why not just try saying it different next time as opposed to yelling it. The flight to KL was around 8 hours and went by quite quickly. I’m reading “Into Thin Air”, all about the 1996 Everest Disaster where many people were killed after being surprised and trapped by a raging storm, just to get me in the mood for our upcoming trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). Surprisingly the Air Asia food was actually ... read more
father time
prayer wheels
once beard trim please!

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 3rd 2014

nach guter bettruhe empfängt uns ein riiiesiges frühstücksbuffet (sind immer noch von dem unerwarteten luxus überrascht) mit coffee-like@home. anschließend gruppenabfahrt in die altstadt von kathmandu, zur besichtigung deskönigspalastes “hanuman-dhoka” am durbar square, jnweit von der freak road (da wurde zur hippie zeit viel gekifft - wir hegen aber den leisen verdacht, dass das immer noch möglich ist…). wunderbare alte holzschnitzereien, viele tempel für alle möglichen götter, wobei die hauptgötter brama, vishnu und shiva die beliebtesten sind. es gibt auch eine lebende göttin (kumari), ein kleines mädchen, das seit früher kindheit bis zur pubertät in einem haus wohnt und sogar vom könig (letzter 2008 verstorben) bzw vom präsident vereehrt wird. wir waren im innenhof dieses hauses und sie hat doch tatsächlich in dieser zeit aus dem fenster geblickt! weiter durc... read more
bhoudnhat
pashupat

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu February 17th 2014

Namaste from Nepal, for the last time, whomp whomp. So! In between my adventures to India, the West, and trekking, I hung around Kathmandu and checked out all the marvels that can be done within a day or two of home. It’s pretty nice having a home base for once, where I can actually leave stuff and come in and out of. Plus, there is actually a lot to see in the Kathmandu Valley itself! So in no real order, these are some of my lovely adventures in and around the ‘Du! One day I took a short cab out to the East of the city to Pashupatinath and Boudha. Pashupatinath is along a river, and basically it is a sacred cremation site. Yes, for burning bodies. And yes, there were burning bodies when I was ... read more
Boudha
Changu Narayan
Gorkha Durbar Square

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat January 26th 2014

Hello all, I have been in Nepal more than three weeks and have gotten mucho flack for not having written a blog yet. Well I’ve been busy! I’ve checked in with my mom many times, so it’s not like Sue’s been worried. But I have been writing as I went, so here it goes, as the start of my Nepali Adventure!!! Having made the epic trip across the Pacific Ocean, and then across a few more Asian countries, I landed in Kathmandu International with a runny nose and bag full of dreams, or something like that. My first introduction to the Nepali bureaucratic system was getting my three months visitors visa at the airport. All of the foreigners had to line up having filled out forms, pay one guy, and then go into another line up, ... read more
Swayambhu
Monk in Durbar
Swayambhu

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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu November 27th 2013

Arrivo finalmente a Kathmandu, con oltre 40 anni di ritardo ma eccomi qua! Quella che segnava la tappa conclusiva del grande viaggio verso oriente e l'apertura delle porte del paradiso per migliaia di giovani ippi partiti dall'Europa, si e' oggi trasformata in una sorta di mecca per gli appassionati di escursionismo di tutto il mondo; la storica zona attorno a "Freak Street", che un tempo era il fulcro della vita sociale di ogni viaggiatore, ha perso oggi gran parte del suo lustro (ma non del suo fascino), offuscata dal piu' recente sviluppo del ghetto turistico di Thamel, regno del trekking dove uomini e donne in perfetta forma fisica possono trovare tutto quello di cui hanno necessita': alberghi a poco prezzo, negozi di abbigliamento tecnico, bar ed agenzie di viaggio. Scordatevi dunque abiti colorati e collanine, fumi ... read more
In pellegrinaggio a Bodhnath
Bhairava: Shiva nella sua forma piu' spaventosa
Kathmandu vista dall'alto

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu November 23rd 2013

We saw a rhino in the wild, munching a bush by the side of the river. There are sometimes marsh muggers and garials by the river. The former are standard man-eating crocodiles and the latter are narrow-nosed bird-eating crocs. Toni and I saw both on our (short) jungle walk; those on the longer walk did not. We also saw monkeys, spotted deer and peacocks and other birds. We saw holes dug by bears to find termites, tiger claw marks on trees, fur-filled tiger dung, and tiger and rhino footprints. The morning of the election we went for an elephant ride and because of the curfew imposed from th night before, could not ride in the truck. Only bullock cats were allowed, so at 5.30 am we rode in three carts to reach the elephant place by ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal November 22nd 2013

And then one day you find ten years has got behind you No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun ….. The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older Shorter of breath and one day closer to death Time – Pink Floyd After over 30 years absence I had the opportunity to revisit Kathmandu on an Indian visa renewal quest, just for 10 days and in the midst of an election campaign. Nepal has only recently emerged from over 40 years of what can only be described as a brutal civil war in much of the country, with the Maoist insurgents eventually being brought into shared government How naive I was in 1980 thinking I was trekking in an idyllic little peaceful kingdom in the Himalayas. I was ... read more
Nepal votes
Pointed message?
The new Prime Minister

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu November 16th 2013

Resumo: Achei um lugar para focar em mim e no meu projeto; Permacultura! Estou bem. Ontem enviei um email perguntando da possibilidade de trabalhar em uma Fazenda que pratica Permacultura*. Ontem mesmo eu obtive resposta positiva e hoje fui lá. Demorou um pouco, mas cheguei na "SunRise Farm". Fica muito perto de Thamel, centro dos backpackers. Fui apenas visitar e conhecer o local, mas logo gostei, arregacei as mangas e comecei a trabalhar hoje mesmo. A filha do dono da fazenda (não sei como escrever o nome dela ainda) disse que trabalha-se pouco por lá. Grande parte do tempo será para leitura. Ótimo! era disso que eu precisava. Tempo para ler os meus livros. Pois é, não tenho muitas roupas, mas livros tenho de sobra!! Este post é para fazer só uma mini reflexão do dia ... read more
"Little break"
Big Oranges
Beautiful Garden

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu October 24th 2013

October 2014, continuing the sponsorship of 13 Nepal children the 4th year. To support a child's education will empower the children and enrich their lives and hopefully improve their lives now and in the future. It gives me great pleasure to help children obtain an education. I am sponsoring the children through Bethlehem Kathmandu Church and 100% of the money goes directly to the child's education. The Church is affiliated with http://www.himalayaninternationaloutreach.com .... read more




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