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Asia » Nepal March 18th 2015

Donnerstag, 12.03.15 Kurz vor 08.00 Uhr verabschiedete ich mich von Yubaraj, da er arbeiten ging. Weil er über das Wochenende von der Arbeit aus weg muss, musste ich eine neue Unterkunft suchen und fand Raj, ein weiterer Couchsurfer. Er schlug vor, uns zwischen 10.00 und 12.00 Uhr in Thamel im Zentrum von Kahtmandu zu treffen. Ich packte alle Sachen zusammen, ass noch kurz Frühstück, gab den Schlüssel beim Nachbarn ab und verliess dann das Haus eine Stunde später. Ich fuhr ins Zentrum von Kathmandu und machte als erstes einen Besuch beim Tourismusbüro. Danach konnte ich endlich eine Sim-Karte kaufen und Geld wechseln. In der Zwischenzeit war es bereits kurz vor 12.00 Uhr. Ich rief Raj an und dachte eigentlich, er sei bereits in Thamel, doch er wollte mich erst um 13.00 Uhr treffen. Da ich mein ... read more
Bodhnath
Bodhnath
Bodhnath

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 16th 2015

Even though after the early morning yesterday for the (non) Everest flight, I couldn't sleep in this morning. Maybe it was a mixture of my disjointed body clock, or eager anticipation of excitement to get home. I showered, and met Lesley for breakfast at the place down the end of the road that we'd visited on the first night. Keiran had opted to stay in bed a bit longer, so Lesley and I chatted over an omelette and coffee. The weather was overcast and it had rained in the night, so I doubted the Everest flight would have gone ahead this morning, and was silently thankful I hadn't opted for a second day just to be disappointed again. As I said, it would have been pushing it as well to get my flight home. I had ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Tadapani March 16th 2015

“I’m gunna free fall, out into nothing. I’m gunna leave this world for a while. Now I’m free...” - Tom Petty, "Free Fallin'" Life has its ups and its downs. Occasionally we lose track of that when we are feeling particularly beat up or particularly golden, but with as much certainty as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, we may also be certain that fortunes will swing to and fro in due time. This ideology does presuppose the thought that outcomes are not always a summation of their cognizant inputs. There is, after all, a factor known as Fate, which is decidedly independent from us and our plans or desires. From about age 18 to 25, I didn't believe this at all. I was taking life by the nape of its ... read more
Road to Last Resort
Rugby
Last Resort Tent

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 15th 2015

Another early morning today-we were up at 0515 ready to leave at 0545 for the Everest flight. It was only a 20 minute drive to the airport but in traffic we were told to add an hour onto this hence the early start. We checked our bags through security and got a coffee as we waited in the departure lounge. At around 0730 we were called forward to board the bus which took us out onto the runway where we sat for around 20 minutes. I think in my heart I knew that the flight wasn't going to happen, especially after we were told we were waiting for ten minutes for the mist to lift. I doubted very much that this would happen in ten minutes and sure enough we turned back to the departure lounge. ... read more
Outside the home of Kumari
Kumari
Kumari temple

Asia » Nepal » Pokhara March 13th 2015

At 0445 the alarm went off. Urgh I hate mornings, and I really hate early mornings! I tried to be quiet so as not to wake Steph, but the alarm woke her too, and despite feeling rubbish and full of cold, she decided to get up and come along too. We met in the lobby and no surprise that we were hanging about waiting for Molly Brown. Raghu phoned up to her room where it seemed she was still in bed having not received her wake up call. I actually think she had booked it for the wrong room as Lesley had cancelled one to hers that she hadn't made. I would have been tempted to go without her, as the saying goes, you snooze you loose, but we waited until she blustered onto the bus ... read more
Peak of fish tail
The walk back down
Saying goodbye to india

Asia » Nepal » Pokhara March 12th 2015

I was half asleep when I heard a rustling and a clicking of all the light switches then BOOM! On came the light. The conversation followed: Pearl, what are you doing?! My camera wasn't charging so I'm plugging it back in here. Turn the light off! For gods sake, you are so selfish! Just put your blinders (eyemask) on! She'd bloody done it this time. I looked at my phone-0457. I laid there and tried to get back to sleep, but it didn't come. I looked at the clock again 0542. We were meeting for breakfast at 0715, so thought I may as well get up. I got out of bed and found the light switch by me-boom, on came the light. I found the light switch by Molly Brown, Boom on came that one too. ... read more
Who's get my goat?!
Baby rhino
Our quiet jeep

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley March 12th 2015

Drive to Kathmandu Being the last one standing isn't without its consequences.... I felt ok at breakfast but the minute I got on the bus I wanted to sleep. It was about a 5 hour drive to Kathmandu so luckily I had plenty of opportunity! Most people fell asleep on the bus occasionally waking to see the roads get longer, more winding and higher. The scenery was stunning though, and I was still surprised to see children dressed in immaculate school uniform walking along the roads (I don't know where they came from or where they were going as it seemed a long walk between places) but so many kids happily walking along. We had a lunch stop where I ordered sweet and sour chicken and enjoyed the leg stretch before continuing the journey. As we ... read more
Monkey temple
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Asia » Nepal » Lumbini March 11th 2015

So would you believe I actually had a good sleep?! I only had to call Molly Brown once for snoring as I was dozing off, but other than that I was undisturbed, and felt good for it. I met everyone for breakfast at 0715 and it seemed everyone's spirits had lifted and a good nights sleep had done everyone the world of good. I had porridge and honey for breakfast which was lovely, and just a nice change from eating something fatty and oily. It was a shame we only had one night at the hotel, especially given that it was so nice and had a swimming pool. They were cleaning it in the morning though so weren't able to use it then either. Never mind, we were venturing to somewhere even more relaxing: Lumbini. This ... read more
By the river
Birthplace of Buddha
Lumbini

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley March 10th 2015

Rajasthan to Nepal March 5 – 7,2015 “The mind can go in a thousand directions But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace With each step, a gentle wind blows With each step, a flower blooms” Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddha Mind, Buddha Body I try these days to take things as they come. To be at peace, albeit with a modicum of planning, with what the universe throws my way. On this occasion, I prevailed pretty well, but I did have some slight anxiety over what could go wrong when one allows the minimum possible margins of error in getting out of India before one's visa expires. I had not intended to run it so fine, but the opportunity to travel with a special friend to Jailsalmer arose and was just too attractive to miss. ... read more
this is covering, not packing
finally the job is done... packed
did I mention my phone (with camera) was stolen ...no more pics for this blog

Asia » Nepal » Pokhara March 6th 2015

Holi, the Festival of Colors So yesterday was Holi the Hindu celebration of Spring, also known as the festival of colors. It marks the end of winter and beginning of spring according to the lunar calendar, as opposed to the vernal equinox, which happens on March 20th and is observed in the western world. Holi is celebrated by throwing colored powder at people or smearing it on their face and chest along with shooting squirt guns and throwing water balloons. Of course not all the kids can afford squirt guns so they improvise by taking an old 1 ½ or 2 liter soda bottle mixing the colored powder and water and poking a small hole in the top to spray the water. Everyone is fair game on Holi day, it doesn't matter if you a... read more
The Powder is  Just a Flying
It's All Done With Respect
This is What the Colored Powder Looks Like in It's Calm, Natural State




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