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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley March 26th 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal 14 – 25 March 2015 “Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea-cozy, doesn't try it on” Billy Connolly “Strive ardently,.... and burn! Purity comes from burning away the dross. Gold must pass through a crucible in order to be refined” S.N.Goenka What could possess one to spend 11 days in a relatively small captive space while in one of the most expansively beautiful countries on earth; to be woken each morning at 4 am; and to then spend 10.5 hours a day sitting on the floor (often in pain); to have one's life totally regulated by a bell; to be absolutely silent even when back in a shared sleeping residence and not even making eye contact or gestures with anyone; to leave one's phone and laptop locked ... read more
The rules
The regulator of all things
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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley March 12th 2015

Drive to Kathmandu Being the last one standing isn't without its consequences.... I felt ok at breakfast but the minute I got on the bus I wanted to sleep. It was about a 5 hour drive to Kathmandu so luckily I had plenty of opportunity! Most people fell asleep on the bus occasionally waking to see the roads get longer, more winding and higher. The scenery was stunning though, and I was still surprised to see children dressed in immaculate school uniform walking along the roads (I don't know where they came from or where they were going as it seemed a long walk between places) but so many kids happily walking along. We had a lunch stop where I ordered sweet and sour chicken and enjoyed the leg stretch before continuing the journey. As we ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley March 10th 2015

Rajasthan to Nepal March 5 – 7,2015 “The mind can go in a thousand directions But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace With each step, a gentle wind blows With each step, a flower blooms” Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddha Mind, Buddha Body I try these days to take things as they come. To be at peace, albeit with a modicum of planning, with what the universe throws my way. On this occasion, I prevailed pretty well, but I did have some slight anxiety over what could go wrong when one allows the minimum possible margins of error in getting out of India before one's visa expires. I had not intended to run it so fine, but the opportunity to travel with a special friend to Jailsalmer arose and was just too attractive to miss. ... read more
this is covering, not packing
finally the job is done... packed
did I mention my phone (with camera) was stolen ...no more pics for this blog

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley January 31st 2015

I've been spending a lot of my time cycling here in Kathmandu now that I know the area better. Buses are very cheap but don't always get you close to your destination and taxis are too expensive for trips within the city. I haven't been doing much more than about 20km a day but some of the hills here are really hard work. I've recently been to some really relaxing places and the contrast between the tough cycle there and the peaceful nature of the destinations has made the experience even more rewarding. Shivapuri is a national park on the northern side of Kathmandu and is a mostly untouched forest although there are some areas accessible by motor vehicle. The park is named after the Shivapuri peak of 8,963 ft, barely a molehill compared to the ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley December 27th 2014

As one of my personal highlights of Kathmandu, I decided that Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) should get its own separate mention on this blog. This ancient religious site sits proudly on top of a steep hill in the Kathmandu Valley and boasts phenomenal views of the city below. It's a steep but rewarding 365 step ascent to the top with many statues of Buddha, images of deities and as the name suggest, Monkeys! Once you arrive at the summit you are greeted by a stupa which bears the notorious eyes of Buddha. There are many of these stupas around Kathmandu and although the stupa in boudha is much more impressive in scale, the dominate position high above the Kathmandu skyline makes this site fell more remarkable. a number of other temples and shrines are also situated on ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley October 26th 2014

In my quest to get out and explore the valley more, today's aim was to get to Kulekhani, a town 21km outside Kathmandu beside a hydroelectric dam that is apparently quite beautiful. A friend and I started with a ride through Bhaisepati, over the Bagmati river and up to the town of Pharping. This is where the road forked and a very helpful local came over to advise us on the best way to get to Kulekhani. The first way was longer and had more traffic but was flatter. The second was quieter and shorter but (unfortunately) went over the hills instead of around them. As it was getting hot and the traffic was picking up we decided to go over the hills. This seemed like the madder of the two choices but after getting several ... read more
Rice paddies
Almost at the top

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley August 21st 2014

There is only so many days that I can stare at these hills around me and not get to the top of one. A planned trip to Thamel ended with me climbing to a beautiful spot on the west side of the Kathmandu Valley and sitting in this shell of a building beside a small Stupa. Wendy and Alan are coming to visit us at the end of October and I am tasked with planning and booking the trip around Nepal as I have nothing else to do with my days. All 4 of us are spending a couple of nights down in Chitwan National Park as part of our holiday. In the process of booking this I had to pop down to Thamel to pay the deposit in cash to confirm our booking. After booking ... read more
The local driving school
Swayambhu entrance from the east
Swayambhu entrance from the west

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley August 16th 2014

Hi Everyone been staying in The Kathmandu valley now for the last two weeks with a lovely family and I have also been introduced to their extended family who live in a smaller village higher up in the hills. Such friendly welcoming people who cannot do enough for you. The walk into the hills was amazing, lots of terraced rice fields and corn with the forests in the background. I got caught in the monsoon rains on the way back, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so refreshing! although covered in mud. The area I'm staying in too is beautiful, surrounded by tree covered hills, a lot different from the chaos and pollution of Kathmandu city . Many people especially the children have recurrent chest problems due to the dust and the pollution. I have been volunteering at ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley March 20th 2014

Day 4 - Bhaktapur, Patan, Pashupati Nath Temple and Boudha Nath Stupa Starting later than usual today another beautiful day awaits as we visit some of the out laying tourist attractions. We have orgainised a private car to transport us today, as the local buses are very slow and over crowded and you offen find your self sharing your seat with 3 others or end up standing for many kms. Its quit an experience just travelling on the roads, and even more amazing the little white Suzuki taxii, motorbikes, people, vendors carts and big tourist buses all trying to navigate the narrow streets at the same time, some with sealed tar roads, while others you practically need a 4WD with gravel, rocks and mud hills. Our first stop for this morning takes us to Bhaktapur. Located ... read more
The Golden Gate
Water Tap

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley March 19th 2014

h2 style="border: 0px; -webkit-transform: translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px); margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 16px 0px 0px; outline: 0px;"last day in nepal heute ist also wirklich der letzte (lange) tag in nepal. nach dem gestern abend stattgefundenen sehr heftigen hagelsturm sind die wiesen grün und die bereits bekannte dunstglocke über kathmandu scheint sich gelichtet zu haben. freundlicher weise dürfen wir unser zimmer bis mittag behalten und ein weiteres wunderbar europäisches frühstück mit viel echtem kaffee genießen! die morgenstimmung über kathmandu ist wieder umwerfen erholsam (weil wir nicht da unten sind…). sowohl die gerüche als auch die geräuschkulisse, vor allem aber das freizeit angebot erinnert mich sehr an mattsee zu kindheitstagen. in wirklichkeit gibt es nämlich nichts zu tun, keine spannenden angebote. also keine ablenkung vom nichts tun. kein gefühl, etw... read more
kathmandu @ nite
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