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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 23rd 2018

Well after many weeks of training, a few injury issues (including Dave’s knees which meant he unfortunately could not join us ) and with due trepidation we’re finally on our way. Left Hamilton at 5.00am intending to beat the Auckland traffic but no such luck. In what may prove to be an omen for the trip took the first “shortcut” with Graeme/Arch changing into the inside lane which was moving faster only for it to promptly slow down and all the cars originally behind us go past. Those who followed the blog from the last Nepal adventure will recall our endless quest for shortcuts, some of which delivered and others that were more aptly called “long-cuts”! Despite the slow traffic were amongst the first to the check in. No problems here until the last bag (Gordon’s) ... read more
Gordy unfortunately couldn’t sit with us.
Beer and dumplings in Guangzhou.
Back seat of the vanette.

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 4th 2018

Woolly says – Our last day in Kathmandu, actually in Nepal, was upon us and I still had a few sights on my list, I hummed and hawed for a while before telling the women our plans for the day. The fact that they were in opposite directions didn’t seem to phase him and as he obviously wasn’t going to pay, it appeared that taxi fares would be needed! Woolly says – ‘What’s a few rupees between friends’ I said, I won’t repeat Jo’s answer it is far to rude! Off to the palace we went, unlike Cinderella we didn’t get even a pumpkin just a small white taxi which seems to be the main method of transport unless you go for the cycle rickshaw which we were still a little flaky on, yes ... read more
One of the many Buddha's
Prayer wheels
That's a big prayer wheel!

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 2nd 2018

Woolly says – I’d caught Jo red handed trying to plan the days activities, she tried that big smile that charms so many, but it never works with me….. well not often. She ordered French toast for breakfast and before I could lick the sugar from around my mouth, tusks and ears it appeared we were off to see not one, not two but three durbars, was the women mad! I’m getting close having the mammoth around! The first and farthest Durbar Square didn’t seem to have a name was a no no, having ascertained with the taxi driver that it would take at least an hour and a half and cost several mammoth paws, we set off to find Durbar number two. Woolly says – I hadn’t had chance to look into the ... read more
Masks on Freak Street
Amazing doorway
A different day without the thousands

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 1st 2018

Woolly says – With Zoe in much better form and having had some breakfast, we set off to have a look at Kathmandu Durbar Square, based in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom it is one of three Durbar (Royal palace) Squares in the city, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I knew that it wouldn’t look the same as the pictures I had seen on google or in the guidebooks as several buildings in the Square had collapsed due to the major earthquake on 25th April 2015 and had yet to be rebuilt but it was still a must do place. Our planning however had a slight hitch in it…… it was Holi! We had known about the festival but not the extent of it, naïve, ... read more
Damage from the earthquake
End of a colourful day
Rainbow people

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu February 28th 2018

Woolly says – A second day of enforced rest had left my paws itching to see something, Zoe, although still not well was prepared to try an outing, having considered our options from our list of must see places I thought that a gentle stroll around some gardens might be manageable. Although only a short walk from our lodgings Jo decided that a taxi would help, I’m not sure the bumping over the unmade roads really helped any of us but it did get us to the entrance. Located in Kaiser Mahal which is across the street from the former Royal Palace at the entrance to the Thamel tourist area, the Garden of Dreams was created for Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (1892–1964), in early 1920. The Garden, which featured a design inspired by the Edwardian ... read more
Look very closely and you might see a chipmonk!
Communing with nature

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu February 26th 2018

Woolly says – We’d all managed some sleep although Zoe didn’t look great, we led her to the taxi and sat back for the ride to the airport. The streets of Dhaka passed, it was a shame we hadn’t seen more of the city, but circumstances were out of my paws. The airport was busy and had no departure boards which a little bit was disconcerting, I opted to stay with the poorly one while Jo went to find someone to ask, she returned ten minutes later having been told our check in area and the time, finding some seats we made Zoe as comfy as we could and waited. Isn’t it always the way that you get the gate that is furthest away, in our case a half hour slow walk with a couple of ... read more
The place next door
First street of Kathmandu
Amazing the places you find for food!

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu December 17th 2017

So for our last day here we felt we needed to see the sights. First up was the temple at Swambhunath, otherwise known as the Monkey temple, and there were a lot of monkeys there. It was very picturesque, but I did wonder what all the locals felt, trying to have there celebrations, but there were all these tourists doing selfies getting in the way. Having said that, every time they looked away a monkey would sneak up and steal a bunch of bananas or a bowl of peanuts, so we were not the only distractio. Then off to a Hindu temple at Boudhinath and the ghats for the cremations. Was not sure how I felt about that, but when we got there, there were two in progress and one that they began just as we ... read more
Prayer flags
The king and queen

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu December 15th 2017

There's a one eyed yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu There's a little marble cross below the town There's a broken hearted women tends the grave of Mad Carew While the yellow god forever gazes down J Milton Hayes My dad used to recite this to me when I was little, so the name of Kathmandu always sounded interesting to me. The approach to the airport was "interesting", I swear the wingtips were only just missing the many hill tops, fair play to the pilot it was a smooth landing, and anyone who knows me, knows I am terrified when landing! It was 22c, and we were still in our England is freezing clothes. There was dust everywhere, and our carbon filter face masks were buried in our luggage. On our first foray out, we ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu October 15th 2017

Tomorrow we leave Nepal and fly to Thimphu, Bhutan. I am excited to finally visit the happiest country on earth, but I am sad to leave Nepal, as we have explored only a small part of this country. One thing I will truly miss is the food. Nepalese bara, topped with spicy tomato chutney had been my most delicious breakfast while we were in Kathmandu. I rarely eat breakfast, but I almost craved these little patties made of black lentils. And the dosas and momos were beyond compare; I could happily eat these three foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for weeks on end. Add a tall glass of fresh mango juice and a side dish of sautéed greens and the meals become fit for the gods. Such delicious memories I will have of Nepal! We ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu October 14th 2017

Given our always advancing ages, I would guess many (or most) of us seniors spend time thinking of death, what it will be like, what -- if anything -- happens afterwards, and pondering how does anyone actually prepare for death? I've heard that the Dalai Lama, at age 81, wakes each morning at 4AM to meditate for hours in mental preparation for death. Here in Kathmandu, Nepal, the people also focus on handling the bodily remains; with such a large and poor population in the city, having a system in place is imperative. And so as part of our tour, our group went to see the cremation ceremonies along the banks of the river Bagmati. Running below Nepal's oldest and holiest Hindu shrine, the Pashupatinath temple, the Bagmati eventually flows into the holy Ganges, carrying along ... read more

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