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It’s in Ninglish

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It’s in Ninglish

During my time trekking I took some photo’s of funny signs in what I call “Ninglish” – that’s Nepali English in short. I hope you enjoy them too:     Subscribe to Andrea’s latest BLOG posts * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last...

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Kathmandu Old City 9 months later

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Kathmandu Old City 9 months later

Kathmandu 23rd January 2016 I had a free day today and decided to visit some of the areas quite badly affected by the earthquake some 9 months earlier. As a photographer and travel writer I’m most interested in capturing the little things, the people and the experience of wherever I am. We started the day with a visit to the Kathesimbu Stupa. Located right near the heart of Thamel this stupa is the most wonderful hidden gem in the area. Virtually untouched by the earthquake it stands strongly nestled in a small square in the heart of the old...

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Forced Retreat

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Forced Retreat

Pattaya Thailand December 2015  Reading Joe Simpson (This Game of Ghosts) inspired me to write. I love his honest and at times funny accounts of his adventures. Mostly I love his no holds barred approach which tells it just as it is, without judgement or drama. In my heart I know I love it because I can relate to each and every word. And while we have different traits we share the same love for adventure and for the mountains.  I’m feeling homesick, not for Australia but for Kathmandu, for the Himalayas. For sitting around in the...

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Selling Your Soul to the Devil

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Selling Your Soul to the Devil

Pattaya Thailand 9th December 2015 I’ve come here from Nepal. In my view the most deeply authentically spiritual place I have ever been to what is touted as the “Land of the Buddha”. But unfortunately the reality is a little different.  Here duality rears its ugly head. In our society we are taught (well the one I grew up with anyway) that there is right or wrong, good or bad, moral or immoral and so forth. And yet what I’ve been realizing is that these are just aspects of the same energy. That there is no separation...

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Coca Cola Trekking

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Coca Cola Trekking

Annapurna Base Camp – 12th November 2015 Kaji had called it Coca Cola trekking referring to my trip to Annapurna Base Camp while we were on our way over the Cho La Pass in Everest region. Obviously some pride there from my mountain guide in what is considered to be the “hardcore” trekking region of Nepal. “It will be easy for you after this one, you can drink beer and Coca Cola the whole way and the maximum altitude is just over 4000m”.  I had this in mind as we headed off from Pokhara 2 days after I flew back...

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The Good, The Bad & The Funny Part 2

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The Good, The Bad & The Funny Part 2

Everest Trekking October / November 2015 Kaji our mountain guide suffered an upset when a fall of ice and snow hit him on the head as he was crossing the Cho La Pass after leaving me. It left him fearing imminent death and reciting mantras until he managed to cross the pass and rejoin the group. I suppress a giggle at the visual of our stoic strong guide breaking down in tears and praying but I can see the look of fright in his eyes as he is telling me this and I know all too well that he is not being melodramatic. He’s telling me this...

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Does snow melt in near freezing water?

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Does snow melt in near freezing water?

Everest Trekking Oct/Nov 2015 Thangnak 31st Oct 2015 There is a knock at the door at 4am “stay in bed and sleep, the weather is no good”.  When we get up for breakfast we hear the guides talking. They have sent an advance party to check on the track to the pass. The concern is that the snow that fell overnight was very powdery and is slippery, not binding well and increasing the chance of rock falls.  They return and after a brief talk where all teams agree to contribute funds for the local team to fix ropes across the pass to...

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On the Threshold of Death

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On the Threshold of Death

Thangnak  30th October 2015 Om Namah Shivaya “Lights will guide you home and I’ll fix you” The day after our fourth lake side trip we wake to find it snowing steadily. We are snowed in. Fortunate for me as I have woken from a terrible night of stomach pain feeling weak and unable to do anything other than lie in bed. I summon Kaji immediately and request that he find me a course of antibiotics as a matter of urgency. He does and I spend the day my in bed as even the trip to the dining hall leaves me feeling weak, nauseous...

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Puja in My Stomach

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Puja in My Stomach

Gokyo 28th October 2015 4800m Well we made it to Gokyo not without incident. We lost Leanne at Namche, having to arrange a heli rescue for her on our fourth day. She nearly didn’t make it up Namche hill struggling to walk and having to be carried by our guide and one of our porters. Then slowly succumbed to symptoms of altitude sickness in the days after. We lost James her husband a few days later at Khumjung as he was not acclimatizing to the altitude and our guide deemed it was unsafe for him to continue. He did however get a scenic...

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The Good, The Bad & The Funny Pt 1

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The Good, The Bad & The Funny Pt 1

Everest Trekking October / November 2015 Well one thing I can say was that this year our trip was certainly very eventful with hardly a dull moment and certainly made for some laughs along the way.  Our flight across to Lukla was uneventful and we were greeted with perfect weather. Everyone seemed to manage quite well and we made it to Phakding in pretty good time and condition.  Our troubles started here however with Andrew and I ordering yakky steaky (Yak Steak) for dinner. Matthew also ordered steak but it was just the 2 of us who woke to...

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