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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu December 19th 2021

It's been a great trip so far, and it absolutely ended with a bang! You know that we have to make the most of our last day, so by 9 AM we had our hotel breakfast and were on our way to the Asan Bazar on newly-rented bikes. The Bazar was full of colorful crafts, textiles, and most importantly souvenirs that we bought to commemorate our trip. After exploring for around 2.5 hours, we got back on our bikes and treated ourselves to lunch at the nearby Nepalya Rooftop Restaurant; and yes, the view was just as incredible as the food! Now, I could wax poetic about the meals we've eaten on this trip for ages, but we don't have time to fall into a food coma today because we have some more exploring to do! ... read more
Rooftop Restraunt
Day 5 Position
Day 5 Velocity

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu December 19th 2021

Hello again everyone! We have gotten some questions about our trip from you guys, so we wanted to have some fun answering those while reflecting on the trip as a whole. What was your favorite part of the trip? Almost every single aspect of the trip was a ton of fun, but the one part that stood out the most when we got to experience the cultures of the places that we visited. It is amazing to be able to connect with people from all the way on the other side of the world, and even though we're thousands of miles apart, we're all still human after all! What was your least favorite part of the trip? Without a doubt, this had to be our two-day-long journey from Dhaka to Kathmandu. Taking the bus was the ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu December 19th 2021

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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu December 11th 2021

My usual travel group posted a new weekend adventure and I jumped right on it: Yoga and Sound Healing! 13 of us went and it was an incredible group - lively, friendly and down to earth. Our guides were also fantastic, so it has turned out to be one of my favorite trips and yet is was just two days! We arrived in the evening, after some pretty tight spirals coming in for the landing in the mountains, and were met by our guides who gave us the traditional welcoming gift of a necklace of marigolds. Then we made our way to the hotel, Hotel Tibet International, which was surprisingly nice, especially for our group's standards. Even though it was late, they held a traditional dinner for us at the rooftop restaurant. While waiting, we got ... read more
Boudha Stupa
Arrival - marigold necklaces
First night dinner at hotel

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

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