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Nepal

27 Oct

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What Culture Shock Looks Like

October 27, 2014 | By |

The journey from India to Paris was remarkably easy. It was like Lufthansa gently scooped us up in Delhi and placed us down in Paris… the travel was so easy that we were even more shell-shocked by the transition. Read More

02 Sep

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Three times a charm for my Indian visa, Or, Why I hate the USPS

September 2, 2014 | By |

We’ve had snippets of this come up and it’s always a long story to explain, so here, in one place, is the annoying story of our (ie: my) Indian visas. Plus, maybe by writing it all out I can actually release some of my frustration about the situation. Read More

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

31 Jul

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The temples and street scenes of Patan, Nepal

July 31, 2014 | By |

In days of old, three city-states co-existed in the Kathmandu Valley. Patan (aka Lalitpur) was a totally separate kingdom from Kathmandu, but now you can reach it in 20 minutes on a microbus without ever leaving the Kathmandu urban environment. Read More

21 Jul

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Pashupatinath’s Temples and Monkeys

July 21, 2014 | By |

Pashupatinath, in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, bears its name from Pashupa, one of Siva’s incarnations. It’s an enormous temple complex, with shrines, stupas, temples, cremations, and monkeys (LOTS of monkeys). Definitely worth a few hours. Read More