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7th October 2014

Reasurch Project
Hi my name is cameron I'm doing a reasurch project on the kungur Ice cave I was wondering if you guys could shot me a email about the cave.
30th July 2014

Yea most major cities in the world are difficult to live in, but that's where the money is at that supports my travel habit lol!! I look forward to more blogs!! Thanks again! --Greg
30th July 2014

Thanks for your blogs in Russia, I got a teaching job in Moscow starting in October and these blogs give me some knowledge and sights to see and explore in Russia while I'm there!! Following now and thanks again!! Keep up the great blogs! --Greg
30th July 2014

Thank you for appreciation, I hope to add more stories about Russian places in the coming two months. Moscow is hard to live in, but there are lots of rather cheap trains to dozens of towns and cities (I go out on weekends).
26th June 2014

how would u find a friend in birsk
what im tryin to find is a friend who works in a medical center in birsk i no she goes to small towns and vilages her name is ekaterina i alsl no that she worked in canada for four years
27th June 2014

unfortunately I do not communicate much Birsk inhabitants, except several old friends, and I think I dont know this Kate. if you have more data you might try to search her on the Russian social network vkontakte
18th October 2013

Lovely architecture
I'd like to visit this part of the world
18th November 2014

I will be trying to present more cities (and places) in Russia. Sorry for such a very late reply
14th May 2013

Wonderful trip in nice place. You may visit in Nepal as well. There are 10 world heritage sites, breathtaking mountain views and coloourful culture.
23rd February 2013

An interesting and nice blog. Amazing photos. Greetings from Portugal Paulo Gonçalves
From Blog: Minsk
12th June 2012

Birsk history
I am interested in the history of Birsk. I am working on a historical research about French war prisoners in 1814-1815. They were about 350 who lived during several months in Birsk. I would be very grateful if someone could tell me more about this. Kind regards, Nicole.
18th February 2012

Interesting Town
Hello Alexander, I was pleased to find your blog, it gave me the opportunity to see some photos of Birsk. The reason is i have a friend there and i am hoping to meet her one day. Many Thanks Ken
19th February 2012

well, in spite of being quite a small town, people from Birsk are quite literally all over the world, here and there
20th April 2011

nice pic
it is tonice place i like to visit there but now iam in usa i will be there soon
From Blog: Nepal. Pokhara
16th April 2011

Hello, you may use some of my photos, but you must understand that you should not use them for commercial purposes. I hope you like those photos.Cheers!
12th April 2011
Ratna Park

Hi there I am a research student. I just want to request you that if i can use the photos from your blogs for my research. I would be more thankful for your permission to use some of the photos. Looking forward your response Sincerelly Sangeeta
21st March 2011

Thank you for a very interesting entry. I'd like to see more blogs from you about this town!
6th March 2011

This is Vatlasheva's house. it was build in the 1839.
6th March 2011
Trinity Cathedral

This Cathedral was founded in 1842
3rd March 2011

If you want to visit Kathmandu, visit in spite of anything. There is really much traffic noise (but not everywhere), smell and pollution (especially where the river landfills are). Poverty is not surprising - Nepal is a poor country. On me, Kathmandu left a good impression. You might try to pay less attention to the bad things, and enjoy the good ones.
From Blog: Nepal. Patan
3rd March 2011

your blog
thank you for posting the blog. I have to fly through Kathmandu to Bhutan. I am having a hard time convincing myself to visit Kathmandu because of the noice, pollution, poverty, touts, homeless kids, and above all the smell. That's why I have never been to India. Is this as bad as I make it sound? Phil
From Blog: Nepal. Patan
28th February 2011

I do want to visit India. For several years I was learning the hindi language and it was my favourite. I am planning to start learning it again soon. I will go to Delhi perhaps for several days. But your country is very big, and it requires much time to visit. thank you
28th February 2011

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28th February 2011

Thank you very much for your comment; I must say that I respect Nepali culture very much, and I'm learing the Nepali language, and I am very eager to learn more about its culture when I come there next time. I never argue about religion, because I am not a religious man (this does not mean that I do not believe in God, I simply prefer not to talk about it). As for my story about Boudhnath and Pashupati, and also about the other places, it is only a story about my own impressions. I completely agree with you that Nepalese sovereignity and cultural traditions must be kept intact. But this issues should be solved by Nepalese people and the government, and not by tourists; and tourists will of course respect the country and its traditions.
28th February 2011

Nepalese Cultural Traditions
Dear All ! You can read this respected writting about Pashupatinath and Baudha in Nepal. Nepal is a country sandwiched between China and India. Because of its geo-political situation, Nepal's sovereignty has always been very sensitive. Nepal is rich culturally and naturally. Nepal is the pious Hindu country in the lapse of the Himalayas, which is beautiful, quiet, the birth place of Buddha and origin of Hinduism. Lord Buddha is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu- the Hindu God. Besides being the country of Everest it is equally popular with its diverse cultural values. This is the land where civilization began and is also known as the country of 'SANGRILA.' Nepal is as holy place to Hindus & Buddhists, as Mecca for Muslims and Jerusalem to Jews and Christians. interplay of peoples and their religious traditions has produced a rich fusion of Hindu and Buddhist faiths. It is common for both Hindus and Buddhists to worship at the same shrine, for many gods and saints are cross-over, often known by a different name but holding the same attributes. The original inhabitants of the valley were animists, a tradition which survives in the multitude of spirits, demons, local deities, and stones which receive dutiful worship to this day. Hindu and Buddhist traditions adapted from the pre-existing animist practices and from each other. Indeed, in the medieval period, when both religions' practice adopted mystical, Tantric traditions, they were almost indistinguishable from each other. Nepal's History and Religions Nepal is a rich and complex mix of different cultures and traditions, melded over thousands of years into a unique whole. For the western traveler there is much that is familiar, and many surprises. Family and religion are of paramount importance, and are constantly reflected throughout the culture. Nepal moves to a different rhythm than the West. The notes here are meant only to tantalize you into visiting this amazing place. Hindu culture and traditions have a long history spanning over a period of thousands and thousands of years and, developed over several eras. They remain indispensable to the lives of Hindus and Hindu Temples today as sources of religious practices, spiritual inspiration, cultural expression, and social bonding. They bind all Hindus together irrespective of the regional and ethnic diversity. Prithvi Narayan Shah, the unifier of Nepal is the pride of Nepal. It was almost 100 years before unification of Germany (1868), Italy (1868), and the restoration of the Meiji (Japan, 1868) in which America was also under British dependency, that Prithvi Narayan Shah had already unified (1768) 54 small fiefdoms to build a large, expanded and greater Nepal. But after the movement of April 2006 and the party leaders Congress, UML and Maoists came to power they smashed the statue of the great King, contempt and insulted him and called off the birth anniversary of the late king as a day of national unity. Why? A country's existence and prestige can gradually be eroded by finishing off its faith and belief tradition and culture and the creator of nation. If anyone wants the assurance of integrity and lasting peace in this country, one must not be confused about the country's century's old customs and religion prestige as well as the builder of nationality and unity. Having diverse cohesive communities, Nepal has built up as a nation in a long historical process. Nepal was worthy to be bowed down by Hindus all over the world. This is the highest honor Nepal could receive from the international community. Nepal's prestige and honor would elevate further if this country is declared as "Hindu and Buddhist" country, instead of a secular state. But, at present why the peaceful country where Lord Buddha was born has become the venue of confrontations? The main causes of the crisis is the abolishing our culture and traditions. Some are going to abolish the creations of Prithbinarayan Shah and to destroy his statute. Hindu and Buddhas both are the original assets of Nepal. According to Encyclopedia of Religions and Ethics, signs of Hindu religion are even found in the present Islamic country like Iran. A stone scripture of 486 BC found in Iran contains the words Hindu and Hindus. Even an ancient Parsi scripture 'Shatir' has lifted a word of Ved Vyas 'I am a true Hindu born in a Hindu country'. Another Hindu philosopher Manu has taken the area between Bindhya in south India and the Himalayas in the north as Aryabrata, the land of Aryans. Even outside travelers like Megasthaniz and Fai Han have written in their travel memoirs after their visit of the Kingdom of Chandra Gupta Maurya that Hindus have tall figure, long life, healthy, who avoid narcotics, simple, intelligent, truthful, who do not keep witness in transactions, do not lock their houses and there is no theft. So, in the evolutionary process of the world's civilization, Hindu philosophy is taken as liberal, simple and tolerant. A Nepali Scholar Mr. Dinbandhu Aryal expains –'Hinduism is the sum and substance of the traditional humane cordiality. The African leader Nelson Mandella was impressed from Vedas, legends and Upanishads. He wanted to be converted Hindu for that purpose he wanted to perform penance or provide donation if necessary. He would be gratified and feel fortunate' Hinduism is the most liberal and tolerant of religions. How can the oldest and most liberal of religions be thrown away just like that? No religion (and certainly not Hinduism & Buddhism) should be made a political issue. Because of this unique heritage and culture, Nepal has been contributing an ingenuity of resolving its conflicts and differences. Why the culprit leaders of (Congress,UML & Maoists) party didn't try to understand the sentiments of the people? It is the main duty for all the leaders to care the basic norms and values of the nation. But, by declaring Nepal a secular state & republic, the visionless party leaders have done just that: tried to put together the unmixable, which could be dangerous for the stabilized Nepali society. No one has right to trample believe and conviction of the people rights. The Hindus have the freedom to pursue their own way of observing the religion. If Nepal is to be declared a secular country, all countries, which call themselves as Christian or Muslim countries should also be declared secular countries. If they want Nepal to become a secular country, then they should also be willing to shun their 'Cross' of the Christians, 'sign of David of the Jews and 'Kava' of Muslims. However, it needs to be pondered that even if Nepal was a Hindu Kingdom, its nature was like a secular country as Hindus have never done anything that would harass or trouble other religions. The Hindus and the Buddhists are more than three billions. It is a scared land for more than a billion Hindus and Buddhists. So, it is our request not to exercise in ineffectiveness. In the name of transforming the country into ‘New Nepal’ this is not the way to destroy our culture and traditions. 'OM' is a symbol of Vedic Knowledge. Hindus, Buddhist's Mantra. It provides a fine example of Symbolism. Symbolism is needed in all fields of human knowledge like science, religion and politics. Spoken sounds of words are expressed as Alphabets and Numbers with Symbols by writing. 'OM' and 'OM Mani Padme Hum' is a language of Sanskrit. It is universe. So, we should have to think independently and have to come to our own conclusion. Nepalese nationalism has evolved and been consolidated more through social and cultural exchanges than conflicts. Nepalese monarchy has been offering balance role among the miscellaneous communities, castes and religions. So, to keep intact our sovereignty, indigenous cultural assets there should have to reinstate our monarchy. Thank you. Please reply me. Dirgha Raj Prasai Political & Cultural Analyst-Kathmandu,Nepal Email:

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