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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel April 24th 2015

Today was the last day of our memorable time in Tibet. Left hotel early for short drive to the border so we could be near the front of the line for when Chinese immigration and customs opens at 10 am (closed overnight from 5 pm). After completing formalities we transferred our gear to a truck while we walked across the Friendship Bridge to clear Nepal’s customs and immigration. The whole process took over 2 hrs. While incredibly complicated for us it is far worse for trucks. 100's line up each side & neither are allowed to cross into the other country & all goods have to be transferred to waiting trucks on the other side. The road on the Nepal side is almost undrivable as we have a small walk through an arcade of traders to ... read more
Walk from bridge to bus.
Wheat Terraces
Final Group dinner

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu April 18th 2015

Hi Everyone, We celebrated my birthday with brownies for dinner. Michael and Doris, tried to get a birthday cake and were going to have Bibienne written on it but went for brownies. Michael being your typical guy ate everyones leftovers and also had to try the local food, mo mo's, very similar to Chinese dumplings, flavor was cheese and potatoes. There were about 10 on the plate so we all had one to taste, quite bland but ok. Mr Guan then said time for bed, up at 6, breakfast at 6.30 trekking at 7. We were woken the next day and given our bowl of hot water for washing. Had breakfast then due to rain waited for the weather to clear a little. headed off around 8am. The morning walk was tough but not to bad, ... 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 » Pashupatinath Temple April 13th 2015

Today was the start of our tour group with a half day tour around some of the historical sites around Kathmandu. Not a good start to the day with light rain falling & then found i'd left my camera in the room. Then we found our guide for the day was difficult to understand so I tended to turn off listening. First stop was Pashupatinatinath site including a sacred temple for both Hindus & buddhists. As it is based alongside the Bagmati river it is also the main site for funeral services with 3 funerals occurring including one funeral pyre well alight. All the while monkeys are running amock & so called holy men posing for photos for a small fee. No photos as I left camera in room but still not sure what to make ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel April 11th 2015

Namaste & greetings from Kathmandu! After 17 hr overnight flights by Malaysian Airlines (yes!) I arrived early afternoon next day. Meet Dee & Ian & we taxied to Boudha Stupa before heading to the tourist area of Thamel for dinner. I expected pollution and a chaotic atmosphere and the first was worse than expected while the latter absorbing. The streets of the old town (Thamel) are narrow without footpaths & barely room for one lane of traffic and constant 'toot tooting' from mostly motor bike drivers. Every available inch in ground floor buildings, alley ways or any empty surface is filled with sellers, trading vegetables, dried everything, fish, fresh meat, shoes, material and clothing. As I will be back and forwards to Kathmandu over the next 5 weeks it was back to the hotel for an ... read more
Butcher Bhaktapur
Water well for washing Bhaktpur
5 Story Temple Durbar Sq Bhaktapur

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 April 9th 2015

Hi Faithfull Followers,had to swap sites due to platform availability on my tablet. The list as of 7th. Sleeping bag and thermal liner for high altitudes, now have up to -25°c and one silk liner for lower down, these items will be packed in a garbage bag (I took 4) on the trek incase it rains, need dry bedding. Hiking boots, 5 pairs hiking socks and 2 pair of Injini socks (to stop blisters), 3 pair thermal pants, 2 long sleeve thermal tops, 1 pair thernal pj's, 2 pair light weight hiking pants, 2 polartec wind cheaters, 1 wind and rainproof jacket, 1 footy poncho (Navy Blue), rainproof over pants, track pants for the tea house at night and a pair of crocs. Hopefully have got enough, will let you know later. Got to the airport ... 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




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