Category: Nepal

Back To The High Country

Greetings from sunny Nepal. After my last post from Senggigi, I left Lombok and spent a few days on Bali, in the town of Ubud. Ubud is a small, artsy town in central Bali, filled with temples, great architecture, small expensive (cheesy) boutique shops, and good restaurants. My favorite part of Ubud is the Monkey Forest – a haven for…

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Final Days In Nepal

Well, my days in this country are numbered, and I have mixed feelings. For about the past five weeks I’ve lived in the city of Pokhara, to the west of Kathmandu. It’s the longest I’ve spent in any one place on any trip. I did many things there – the touristy stuff: kayaking, paragliding; the less touristy: motorcycle lessons, both…

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Quick Update

Yes, I’m still here in Pokhara, and it’s getting a bit old at this point. I’m getting close to finishing my pictures from the trek around the Annapurnas. I probably could be further along, but I have to remind myself that, technically, I’m on vacation, and the thought of 8 hours on the computer isn’t very appealing. So, I’ve been…

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Bumming Around In Pokhara

Well I’ve been in Pokhara, Nepal for a long time now – it’s going on three weeks! However, I’ve been pretty busy, and I haven’t been too much of a bum. After returning from the trek, I took a 4 day white water kayaking clinic. The clinic was run by Paddle Nepal and was excellent. Day one consisted of paddling across Phewa…

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Back From The Annapurna Circuit

Greetings from Pokhara. About three days ago I finished my trek of the Annapurna Conservation Area. It was twenty three days of amazing scenery, and lots of walking. I did most of the trek with three friends from India who flew up for the trek – Madhu, Raj, and Santosh; and one crazy dude from San Francisco who left the group a…

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Trekking the Annapurna Circuit

Well I managed to find an internet cafe, with power, in the village of Chame on the Annapurna Circuit. I’ve been the trail with Madhu, Raj, Santosh, and Dave for the last week I think – I’ve sort of lost track at this point. It’s been somewhat challenging so far. We’ve had a late monsoon storm that blasted us for…

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Caught In A Time Warp

I think Kathmandu is stuck in the 90’s. Everywhere I go I hear 90’s music – Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Metallica’s black album. Also, dread-locked hippies wander around the streets of Thamel in droves. Even the weed the old dude at the raggae bar was smoking smelled like bad weed from my college days. I can see how this place would…

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Oh Yeah!

I must say that this is my favorite toilet of all time. I’ve never really liked sitting on toilets, it just kind of freaks me out. I’ve never gotten the hang of the asian squat toilet, it just seems weird to be so close to the ground, and they’re always smelly and covered in urine – yuck! However, I have…

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Bad Day To Be A Goat

Be thankful you’re not a goat and living in Nepal at this time of year. Today is Maha Astami (Great Eighth Day) and tonight is Kala Ratri (Black Night). This is the eighth day of Dasain, and the start of the sacrifices to the goddess Durga. Dasain festival celebrates the victory of Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahisasura. At…

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