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2014 August

25 Aug

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Kathmandu: Squalor or Shangri-La?

August 25, 2014 | By |

Kathmandu may be one of the ugliest cities we’ve seen – it’s filthy, crowded, and run-down – but it’s also an epicenter for people on spiritual quests. Here, religions are born, fused, and celebrated, and you can’t walk 20 feet without passing some temple, shrine, or sacred tree. Read More

19 Aug

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Our Nepali Homebase in Boudha

August 19, 2014 | By |

After two nights in Kathmandu proper, we decided to relocate – on the suggestion of several friends – to Boudha (first syllable rhymes with “bowl”), short for Bodhnath. It’s only 20 minutes away from Kathmandu and $0.20 per person in a van or a $3 cab ride ($4 if you don’t negotiate), but a world of difference away. Read More

12 Aug

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Clouds, clouds, and more clouds: The Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trek

August 12, 2014 | By |

Nepal is famous for its trekking, but since we had limited time and were there during the rainy (read: leech) season, we decided to forgo the well-known trails and find one closer by. It would have taken us a day in travel each way to Pokhara or the Lang Tang trek trailhead, but when we heard about the Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trek, it seemed like the right solution. Read More