Blogs from Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia


Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat July 3rd 2013

Today was my last day volunteering at the hospital. I'm fine with that though because I feel that I've exhausted what I can learn from this experience. Again not too much happened today. Dr. X spent much of the morning quizzing us on random facts and also asked us some relevant medical questions. It was just us U of T students in there today though, and since we've really only studied normal anatomy and physiology up until now, it was hard for any of us to answer his questions. He must have thought we were pretty dumb, but at U of T we learn all pathology in 2nd year. Now that we got back from our trek, I wanted to spend the last four days starting up another project I was supposed to be working on, ... read more
Elysia saying goodbye to some of her hospital friends
The necklace purchased for Dad and Elsie
Inside SERC School

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat February 21st 2013

A recap of the intro to set the scene .... A deep seated yearning to go back. A willing friend to go back with again. A supportive husband happy for me to pursue the dream. A trusty guide willing to have us back.... it's on.... Bistari, Bistari 2.0. So, after 318 days or 45 weeks (rounded down) or 7632 hours or 457,920 minutes or 27,475,200 seconds Mary and I are going to be heading back to Nepal. In August 2012, we formulate "The Plan" - fly to Kathmandu via Bangkok, trek the Langtang/Gosainkund Region over 19 days, trek the Upper Mustang over 14 days, spend 3 weeks volunteering in a nursing capacity and intersperse all of that with time at various other spots- organic farm accomodation, traditional home in Patan, back to the Paulines in Chandeswori, ... read more
Hello Nepal
Looking green

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat March 25th 2012

After what will be a year that we have been on the road, in late April, we will be heading home to Sydney. We are very excited to be with friends and family and it will be very interesting to see what our next adventures will be. But before we land in Sydney we are off to Nepal to trek in the Annapurna and Lang Tang regions for 3 weeks. We leave beautiful Chiang Mai knowing we will definitely be back. We can't wait to post photos and adventure snippets from our 2nd trip to Nepal. Happy trails. Ciao xxx ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat March 8th 2012

Flight to Kathmandu is quick, we are rewarded with amazing views from our right hand side seats as we are coming in. Mountains to green... to teracotta coloured buildings... to runway. We board the little airport bus on the runway looking marginally elegant (we are not true trekkers yet). The bus goes about 50m (!!!!!!) and we all troop off to passport control. Smooth. Our new man with sign is waiting and we are whisked off to Tings Teahouse for our first 3 nights. Spirit of the Himalayas (thank you Alan for this invaluable recommendation) go-to guy, Sanam Singh, is waiting at Tings for us, as is our trekking guide, Dhan Raj. Time for the first of a thousand cups of tea, and Tings does it so very well. We chose to stay at Tings based ... read more
Green views

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat August 28th 2010

Pictures are of visit to Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology and up to Kopan Monastery for a few days .................................................................................................................................................................. Back in the lap of luxury....well civilisation at least....I heart Hotel Tibet. Where the doorman takes your big bag, not the monk who announces that he will take your small bag... Where they have a doorman.... Where they call you ma'am Where they bring you a cup of tea at check in (albeit undrinkable sweet milk tea) Where they ask you if you would like anything else for breakfast Where they clean the rooms Where the room has a SEPERATE shower and toilet, and where the toilets flush Where there is somewhere to sit other than your bed Where everyone knows your name.......... Anytime of year...... ... read more
Intraocular Lens
visual acutity test at Tilganga

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat April 6th 2010

Unfortunately, this blog has become a casualty of power cuts. I have many notes, handwritten, and I will post them, but I can't predict when. Thanks for your support, and please check back periodically in case anything changes. Namaste!... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat March 24th 2010

Check out the wire-work, network, the web-work, the interlocking cables... A friend shares his story relating to the photos. Sac, the friend, was standing where the mom and daughter are standing in the photo "web work" waiting, like the duo, for public transport. His phone rang. As he took the call, he ambled away (few feet) from the pole. :BLONG: He hears explosion like that of a firework but still scary enough. A wire comes down crashing. He lives to tell the story as I show him these photos. If you're loafing around in Kathmandu, PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THESE "fWIRE WORKS". apart from that, just enjoy your stay here... XOXOXO... read more
web site
heavy network

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat March 15th 2010

Again it has been a long time between posts, and again I would like to have a large, grandiose description of what I've been up to, and again it will have to wait. I'm working on an overview of February, and will post very soon. I will also finish the Thanimai description very soon. This past week I was in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India--the white city, Venice of India, one place where the James Bond film 'Octopussy' was filmed, and the birthplace of Bagira from Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'--for a Fulbright conference, making friends with everybody and teaming up with the Sri Lanka Fulbright crowd in a dance-off against the massive India crowd: Non-India vs. India. The outcome wasn't clear, but I will say that we were triumphant. Today is my first full day back from India, ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat February 19th 2010

Kathmandu is fantastic, and my job here couldn't be any better, but these past 10 days have been beset by sickness and frustration. Fieldwork isn't always fun and games, so it seems. The sickness was due to parasites--I must have made some malignant little internal friends during my village stay (the subject of the next post--I promise), and they kept me in bed with a bucket nearby for some days. The frustration is largely due to the ridiculously oppressive scheduled power cuts terrorizing the whole country right now, and they only promise to get worse. The euphemism is 'loadshedding,' and it means that Nepal doesn't have enough electricity for everybody all the time, so we'll have to ration it with power cuts until the rainy season starts and the hydroelectric reservoirs fill up again. The irony ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Lazimpat February 9th 2010

Some really great, exciting things have happened in the last two weeks: I went to a village and participated in a folk festival, and I helped out at the South Asia International Schools honor music clinic, meeting music teachers and students from all over the subcontinent. Those will be the subjects of the next posts. This one will be the script of a 15 minute midterm presentation/project summary I gave at the Fulbright office as per grant requirements. It's a great, if incomplete, overview of the things I've been doing here and the things that I've noticed. Some of it may look familiar. Here it is: Good evening. My topic of research is music education in Kathmandu, and over the past 5 months I’ve been going to music schools, grade schools which teach music, private instructors, ... read more

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