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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

14 Jul

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Ladakh: India’s “Little Tibet”

July 14, 2014 | By |

Ladakh feels nothing like the rest of India (we expect, having not been yet). It is a Tibetan Buddhist area high in the Himalayas; the capital city Leh is 3,500 meters altitude. And there is something so beautiful and serene in this high, cold desert and barren Himalayan landscape that could give anyone a sense of the sublime. Read More

08 Jul

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Are we really in India? A trip to Pangong Lake

July 8, 2014 | By |

During our two weeks in Ladakh, we decided to do one jeep tour, a two-day trip to Pangong Lake. There are tons of travel agencies in town that post jeeps looking for more people, so we ended up with a fantastic group for our two-day trip. Read More

03 Jul

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“Just one dead donkey…”

July 3, 2014 | By |

A woman we met in Thailand had given us some travel recommendations for Ladakh. But above and beyond, more than the monasteries, the treks, the natural beauty, she said “Promise me you will go to the Donkey Sanctuary!” And so we did… Read More

30 Jun

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The sound of prayer flags in the wind

June 30, 2014 | By |

During our time in Ladakh, we spent a bunch of time at programs of the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center, which was truly inspiring. We started our time in Ladakh with a 3-day meditation retreat at the center. We took a bunch of classes at their city center, and then went on their Sunday program. Read More

26 Jun

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A short trek in the Ladakhi Himalayas (Zingchen to Chilling)

June 26, 2014 | By |

Ladakh is known for epic Himalayan trekking, and we decided to forgo the longer options and do a shorter trek. (Read: I told Mitch I would trek for 3 days, maximum, and he said okay.) We were both excited by the idea of a 3-day trek that would be challenging and include one high-altitude pass, but wouldn’t kill us… and might actually leave us wanting more. Read More

20 Jun

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Lemons into Lemonade? An annoying layover in Delhi

June 20, 2014 | By |

Early on the morning of 9 June, we woke up early in Bangkok, bid adieu to our time in SE Asia, and headed to the airport. Our first flight to India was uneventful, apart from the discovery that Indian men snore more loudly than others on flights. Read More