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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal November 19th 2018

First Days in Kathmandu After two hectic weeks of travelling to meet friends and family and the incessant political/religious turmoil going on in Kerala I was relieved to get back on the plane and leave it all to the locals to suffer. As a person who has escaped from the clutches of faith It is unbelievable what is going on in "Gods on Country" or indeed in the wider India. It appears that we are turning the clock around and instead of marching into the 21st century we are going back to the early 19th or even the 16th century. The Islamic ferver is now followed by militant Hinduism and devotional Christianity. The loser in all this is the Individual who has no status in the society except as a member of a religious or political ... read more
Patan reconstruction
Patan court
Pashupathinath temple

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal May 6th 2015

In case you didn't read my other blog that started this story, I am staying in the Samsara Resort hotel because a friend of mine arranged with her friend for me to be there. Her friend, is very close with the owner and have known each other all their lives. Upon arriving the first day I tried to pay but they said it was taken care of. Now it is the second day and after I woke up I went down to the lobby where there is an area for breakfast. It was a full breakfast with lots of choices. It is included with the room. I had pancakes, sausage, potatoes, ham, cereal, toast, juice and coffee. I went about my day and stayed there the second night too. The following morning I came down for ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal April 17th 2015

Hi Followers, I will go back in time and continue on from the night before. The other members of our group are Michael from Sydney (23yo) Doris from Canada about 25, Claudia from USA California but originally Mexico, Nat and myself. We had to be ready to leave the hotel by 6.15am for our flight to Lukla. We were all a bit apprehensive as Lukla is one of the 10 worst airports in the world. The runway is about 300mts long with a brick wall at the end, I guess just incase the brakes don't work. As we were getting in the plane Mr Guan tapped me on the shoulder and said left side so Michael who was right behind me and I sat on the left. Take off was fine, below was green hills homes ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal April 15th 2015

Hi all, not had much luck with the internet, here's the latest. I'm back in Kathmandu, had to be evacuated by helicopter from Namche Bazaar with bad altitude sickness. Resting up for a couple of days, have to check in with the Doctor to get the all clear. Will have to take a helicopter flight to view Everest, (not going without seeing it) then maybe off to Chitwan to catch a rhinoceros or two.... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal April 11th 2015

Well how about that, I got a connection. Just spent the best part of 2 hours packing and repacking to get my weight right. Had to purchase shoe cramps because of blue ice. Blue ice, black ice and yellow snow, who would have thought life was so colourful? Did a tour of Kathmandu today, saw a Hindu funneral which was very interesting. Also found out that on a lot of Hindu temples on the lower part of the roof struts there are erotic carvings to calm the thunder and lightning gods. Had dinner with Mr Guan, he's our guide for the trek. The dogs have stopped barking now so will try and get some sleep. Big day tomorrow!!!!!!... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal March 29th 2015

Well, here I am again on the verge of another adventure......but there have been many since I last blogged 5 years ago.....I guess I have been real busy and more involved with Facebook etc and yes, I lost my password and .......anyhow in the past 5 years I have become a Nana to 4year old Zoe and Jake, lived in London for 3 years while helping to look after them while Steve and Jo got themselves a lovely house in the suburbs. While living in London I managed many smaller trips in the holidays including walking the entire Camino to Santiago on the Northern Spain route, walked the length of Corsica over the mountains on the GR20, cycled the Loure Valley in France, climbed Kilimanjaro to just under 300metres of the top and more leasurely soaked ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal March 27th 2015

I have been traveling and did some posting on Facebook with mostly pictures. It did not occir to me that typing so much info on the road via my phone would be a challenge, not to mention the places I have been sometimes have no internet and SOMETIMES NO POWER! i HAVE BEEN WRITING IN A HAND WRITTEN TRAVEL LOG BOOK AND WILL TRANSFER THE INFORMATION WHEN I RETURN! In the meantime you can find info at Suzan Hogan Taylor on facebook... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal October 3rd 2014

Friday October 3rd We were met this morning by Amrit from Nepali Cooking Course I'd been looking forward to today for months after searching for a good cooking class in Kathmandu and finding his course on Tripadvisor. We try and do a cooking class in every country we visit as not only are they fun but we normally learn some great tips and tricks and we love the interaction with the locals running them! We walked to the local 'old' market and along the way picked up another 2 small groups of girls who we'd be spending the morning with. There is something about local food markets that I just love. The variety of beautiful, fresh produce always amazes me! This one was no exception. Set in the dusty streets alongside temples and gorgeous old ... read more
Morning market
Nepali Cooking Course - Kathmandu
Morning market

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 » 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

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