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Oct 31, 2009 - Changu Narayan Temple

The combination of a late start in the morning and taking longer in Bhaktapur than I had anticipated (not that it was a bad thing), meant that there was no way I was going to be able to complete the plan as I had hoped. Arjun and I discussed it and he felt that we should still be able to make it to Changu Narayan and back before the last bus. So we went for it. The bus from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur drops you at the south-western end of the village. To catch the bus to Changu Narayan, you had to get to the morth-eastern end. We ended up...

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May 31, 2009 - Kathmandu arrival and orientation

So I arrived today in Kathmandu! I believe (still screwed up with the time) here at about 9am or so. It seems like I spent forever going through immigration and getting my Nepal visa. On my way from the airport to the hotel fuji I got to experience for the first time Nepal. I have to say I was definitely not prepared. It reminds me of the some of the rural areas of Mexico, perhaps worse. There are so many people and so much poverty. Amazing. I had my mouth open in disbelief and culture shock for the majority of the ride. I have to say my...

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May 18, 2009 - Whitewater rafting at Mugling

Its been a great couple of days back in Kathmandu, thawing out and starting to feel human again. Monica doesn’t fly out til the 19th and I have no immediate plans so we decided to stay at the Hotel Courtyard and treat ourselves to a bit of luxury. A gorgeous place with library, home cinema and lots of other perks; if you don’t mind the creepy owner and his equally odd wife who never leave you alone. Monica, Tuna (another lady from my Tibet tour) and I travelled about 3hrs north of Kathmandu to Mugling to go whitewater rafting on the Tisuli...

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Taking the Long Way

Apr 2, 2009 - Chitwan to Kathmandu

Namaste. Up at 5.30 again and left by 7am. Managed to get through all the road block areas and arrived back home at The Radisson hotel at 1.30 after a very long and scary road trip. The drive was very picturesque and we passed through many small villages and arrived once again safely (goodness knows how!) It is so exciting to be back in civilization and having a proper bed and shower and bath is indescribable. I have had a real shower with cleanser and nice soap and even a hair dryer. I feel so clean. Our group had dinner together at the...

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Mar 22, 2009 - Mountain flight over Mount Everest

Namaste! Wow, Wow, Wow!!! This morning we were up at 5am and got ready to see if the weather was clear enough to do a mountain flight. Finally at 7am we got the go ahead and arrived at Kathmandu airport to do a flight with Buddha Air across the Himalaya. The plane was an 18 seater, very narrow and we could see the 2 pilots, which was scary in itself. I think we were all very nervous, but so excited, there was nervous chatter going on constantly as we taxied up the runway and finally took off through the picturesque Kathmandu Valley. We had...

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Nov 18, 2008 - Safe and still Trekking!

Just a quickie my friends, the Yeti has not got me yet! We have finished the Lantrang portion of the trek and it has been just what the Dr. ordered. I am currenlty in a little Sherpa village called Thulo Syabru at about 2260 meters. This after doing what seemed like 10 Grouse Grinds today, it turned out it was closer to 5. This has been a stunning week in terms of amazing people, fantastic landscape and feeling the old lung bellows in action, although I have heard some very strange internal rumblings. I am sitting now in the bedroom,...

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Nov 10, 2008 - Birthday awakenings, Kathmandu

You have to love a place that only celebrates the birthdays of the young, I mean think about it. As we get up in years, we really don’t care to acknowledge the fact anyway, do we? Mother Nature takes care of very subtle and not so subtle physical reminders to the whole process, and what she forgets our friends are kind enough to remind us of the fact. In spite of all this, my Nepalese host’s helped remind me I had in fact spent another year on this magnificent planet. Dawa, my side kick informed me it was my job to produce a Black Forest...

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Oct 30, 2008 - Tihar festival, day1

Every adventure has a beginning, and today was no exception, believe me. The school Principal Kinley had called me to advise me, two of his Staff were currently in the Bouhda area of Kathmandu, and I could meet them and then we could all travel together by taxi out of the city. Well, sounds simple, but my side street was chock a block full of people celebrating the Tihar festival. Yet again, I was in this mass of humanity, wedged between taxi’s attempting vainly to make headway, motorcycles fairing no better, sidewalk vendors noisily...

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Sep 27, 2008 - Hippies and Kathmandu

Expecting to arrive in Kathmandu at midday, we actually did not end up there until about 6pm due to flooding at the airport and having to be diverted to Calcutta for a few hours (I guess it is the end of the monsoon season). Our first impressions of the city was the hectic airport and during the ride from the airport in the pouring rain which took about an hour due to traffic jams, lunatic drivers, blaring horns and people walking in front of cars. So rather a busy city we decided. The first evening we did not venture out much (our...

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Silk Road Adentures

Apr 26, 2008 - Melbourne - Bangkok - Kathmandu... get comfy!

"She put her head on my shoulder, already asleep and content with the world..." Sounds very romantic, I'm sure and would be perfect in the right context. But what if the context consisted of being in the middle seat of a darkened aircraft at 35,000ft and that the lady was a total stranger? Melbourne to Bangkok: "Dude, where's my drink?" Yep, the "red-eye" flight. Anyone who's flown this and when it's a 9 hour haul knows it can be a bit of a challenge. Having the toilets behind us meant that the rhythmic dulcet tones of industrial-class...

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Apr 26, 2008 - Melb- Bangkok-Kathmandu

Well we are on our way! I'm currently sitting in the middle of Bangkok airport drinking a not too bad coffee and working my way through 30 mins of free internet. What can i say about the flight???? It sucked! I was hoping to get a bit of sleep with the flight leaving at 11:30PM but 9hours 30 mins later i have had about 2 hours of really light sleep. Hows this too, they had prawns for bloody breakfast, apparently the eggs had run out (I wonder why??), anyway Gavin ate his and mine, I stole his fruit bowl (yes DC I'm still eating...

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Apr 14, 2008 - And now our paths must part in Kathmandu

Friday, the 10th, after a harrowing ride through the mountains we arrived in Kathmandu. Our driver probably had more near misses in that one trip than we have had in a lifetime-passing on blind curves honking. We all cringed and ooohed and yikes'd and breathed with a sigh of relief when we arrived in Kathmandu. No one wanted the front seat on that trip. On one stop, we saw children playing on a metal basket on a cable that they pulled by hand across the river gorge below. We were worried about them-especially when one girl just hopped on...

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