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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu November 2nd 2019

It was a long summer of lots of hiking, stair climbing and general hill practice in preparation for a 10 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp (also known as Annapurna Sanctuary) in the Himalaya - something that has been on my bucket list for years. It was originally planned as a 60th birthday destination for Vera but unfortunately a hip injury derailed her. So the gang of four became myself, 2bob, Angie and Jeff. For me, just getting to Kathmandu was an exhausting adventure in itself which was somewhat due to my decisions. On October 21st I chose I work for the Canadian Federal Elections as a poll clerk which was a long 16 hour day followed by 4 hours sleep then flying to Montreal for 5 days for some volunteer activity with CSCT. Sunday October ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel October 10th 2019

helemaal uitgerust (of toch al voor een groot deel), gingen we ontbijten. Als één van de laatsten, want vandaag konden we uitslapen. Het ontbijt is hier ook geweldig. Veel keuze en vooral: pannenkoeken! Kan een dag nu nog beter beginnen? om 11u hadden we afgesproken met onze gids in de lobby om vlak daarna te vertrekken naar het Royal Palace, alé, het nieuwe en morgen bezoeken we het oude. Ah ja, en de dagen erna bezoeken we nog een royal palace ... :) En dat sinds er vanaf 2006 geen koning meer is in Nepal. Dus momenteel zijn het voornamelijk musea. De laatste koning woont nu gewoon in Kathmandu, tussen de gewone mensen. En eigenlijk zag het paleis er (ondanks de grootte en de vele kamers) er helemaal niet zo chique uit als je van een ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu October 9th 2019

Alles thuis opgeruimd, ingepakt, dus klaar om te vertrekken! We vertrokken goed op tijd (uiteraard, we gingen met de Beyensen 😊) en kwamen dus goed op tijd aan. Nog genoeg tijd voor een drankje en uit te zoeken waar we moesten opstappen. Uiteidelijk gevonden, namen we afscheid van mijn schoonouders (nu kan ik het ECHT zeggen) en gingen we wachten. We waren als eerste aan de incheckbalie en ik speelde er wat op mijn Nintendo Switch en Karen las op haar splinternieuwe e-reader. Verder ging alles hier vlot en was het vooral wachten. Aan de gate speelden we nog enkele spelletjes Clever. We vlogen met Etihad Airways en niet met KLM zoals gedacht. Gelukkig hadden ze even goede films en kon ik detective Pikachu nog zien en nog een comedy. Weliswaar een gecensureerde versie want 'duck' ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Everest Base Camp June 20th 2019

I was doing like a cruise around the Maldives as well as the World Cruise. I really enjoyed doing this cruise becacuse I wanted to see the world before it got worse. I couldn't walk to the hotel of my choice so instead I had to hire a taxi car driver to take me to the hotel from Kathamandu, Airport. It was an amazing experience because I got to visit the nice beautiful country I visited but also I smelled bad air quality. I could see from the hotel dirty clothes as well as dirty homes I saw while I was in Nepal. Unfortunately, I didn't go to the mountains in Nepal that I didn't expect. But I was 3 hours away from the hotel to go to Mount Everest. My previous work discussed with me ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu April 29th 2019

We all met for breakfast at 07:00 and Rusha met us. I thought she was going to sort out finances for our trip. We owed money for the bungee jumps but she owed us for the cheaper day tour and for the lunches and dinner at Pokhara. I aked her about it but she said she was going to just leave it. I also figured that it would work out about even so we were happy to leave it as well. Nick’s pick-up was due at 07:00 but was a little late so we had a chance to say goodbye. After breakfast we finished packing and were ready on time fore our 08:30 pick-up. It was also a little late but traffic was fine and we got to the airport with plenty of time to spare. ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel April 27th 2019

Woke up at 05:45 to pack the duffel bags for our 06:30 pick-up. A bit of confusion on check-out which I had half expected in regards to the lunch and dinners on the first day. Rusha had confirmed the company would pay for the first day’s meals, but the hotel did not know about it, so Mitch paid for them and will deduct the costs from the money owed for the bungee jumps. The same guy who picked us up from the airport took us to the bus station and had our tickets and seats organized. It was just a 15 minute drive to the bus station which was near the airport so we had a 30 minute wait before the bus left on time at 07:30. It was pretty hairy ride with only a 2 ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu April 15th 2019

For the first time since arriving I had a lousy nights sleep. I woke to dogs barking their heads off at 3AM. Followed by a drunk or potentially crazy guy wandering down my street raving about god knows what. (turns out the Nepali have crazy folks too) and then around 5AM the rooster started. Its not so cute now. Apparently, there were more celebrations last night, but I was so tired and sore I retired at a respectable hour which I now regret. I could have been drinking with drunk/crazy guy I didn’t have to check out the hotel to midday so I decided to go for a walk. I hadn’t made it to the wood carving museum so I thought this morning would be a good time to try and find it. Instead I ran ... read more
Drummer boys
The next group
Royal Ghurkha

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu December 16th 2018

Today we were given a tour of 3 of the 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. Our guide was so knowledgeable on both the history of the land and how it connected back to Nepalese culture. In order to not fully butcher all the information he provided, here are my favorite pieces that I took from each site: Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Nyatapola Temple is a representation to women's wisdom and is a 5 story Hindu temple built from 1702 to 1703. It has survived all earthquakes in Nepal since with minimal damage (even the 1934 earthquake which destroyed 1/3 of the temples in Bhaktapur Durbar Square). There are 5 levels to the temple each protected by a guardian ten times stronger than the guardian below it. This area is famous for its wood carvings in ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu December 15th 2018

Even though we arrived in Kathmandu this evening, I am going start with the significance of the boda boda in Uganda. The boda boda is between a 50 and 300 cc motorcycle and is typical means of public transport in Uganda. There are buses, but they only go city to city and taxis and private cars are expensive. There are boda stages on almost every corner or you stand by the road side and one will pull over. Prices are negotiable depending on what you are transporting, how many you are transporting and how far you are going. There is now even a trend of Safe Boda where the driver is vetted by a company, you can contact them using an app and they must provide the passenger a helmet and obey all traffic laws. Sounds ... read more

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

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