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Lazy Afternoons with the Kids

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Lazy Afternoons with the Kids

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Fuel Supply Problems

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Fuel Supply Problems

7th October 2015, Kathmandu to Dhading “That was the nicest cup of bad coffee I have ever had” I say on our arrival in Dhading Besi after an early start. There was no traffic in Kathmandu this morning due to major fuel supply problems. Fuel and other important supplies have been experiencing trouble getting through the border from India due to political issues. Hence walking has become more essential than ever. We were lucky to have found a bus and even managed a seat this morning probably as a result of our early start. The local...

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Todke Baba

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Todke Baba

Shivapuri 5th October 2015 Do you have a question for Baba? I reluctantly reply “no” while thinking about my tendency to want to know and plan everything in advance. Why do I need to know? Can’t I just feel it in my heart. And maybe by feeling it in my heart I already know.  Some people bring out the worst parts of ourselves and yet others bring out the best. I feel like I’m in a “choose your own adventure” novel popular when I was a child. Maybe our paths are already set and our choices are just like in...

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Letting Go of the Constraints of Duality

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Letting Go of the Constraints of Duality

27th September 2015 I love my life. I feel like every moment I have lived thus far is so I can be here at this moment and just living every single minute of this.  Yesterday I had my final insight. It was profound and signaled the completion for me of the things I have struggled with for my whole life.  This week. Was asked to revisit 1997 which really opened my whole life, raw and uncensored for review. I’ve pretty much embraced duality my whole life. Embracing the good with the bad. The negative with the positive, black and white and...

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Sumitra’s Wedding

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Sumitra’s Wedding

Sumitra and Krishna 14th September, 2015 I don’t have a real lot to say about this post except that this was a pretty cool day for me. Having spent so much of my professional life at weddings in the past it was a totally new experience (and no Nut Bush – which by the way was wonderful). Emotional of course as I have a close connection with the family and also because I’m a bit of a sucker for happy occasions. Noted some cultural differences which in some ways was a little difficult for me to integrate at first until I got to...

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Godawari 12 Year Pilgrimage

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Godawari 12 Year Pilgrimage

11th September, 2015 Godavari Mela every 12 years The month-long festival, said to date back to the Lichhavi period will welcome 4 million pilgrims this year Stéphane Huët from Nepali Times When people talk about the festivals of Kathmandu Valley, they mention Shivaratri, Dasain or Tihar. But there is one festival that happens every 12 years that in terms of number of pilgrims is larger than all others put together: the Godavari Mela. The month-long festival saw 2 million visitors in 2003, but this year organisers estimate there will be at...

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Teej Festival

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Teej Festival

Three Days of Teej !!!!!!!!!!!! 16th September 2015 Teej is a three-day-long festival in Nepal and each day has its own significance. 1. First day is called ‘Dar Khane Din’, the day to make merry. 2. Second day is a ‘fasting day’. 3. The third day is called ‘Rishi Panchami’ in Nepal which is a day to perform Teej Puja. Dar Khane Din The first day of Teej in Nepal is called the ‘Dar Khane Din’. On this day, the womenfolk dressed in the finest clothed gather at one place and perform traditional...

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Impressions of India

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Impressions of India

India Land of Extremes Mumbai 19th August, 2015 My impression of India is a country of contrast and extreme. Bright colors of every shade are represented in the people, the bazaars and the spices. There seems to be no moderation just one extreme or the other. Mumbai is the perfect example of this. The biggest slums and poorest people living beside opulent residential towers. One example if this is the street dwellings across the road from a shopping mall containing the largest gold jewellery shop I have seen in my entire life.  There is an...

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Hemkund Sahib

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Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib 10th August, 2015 Today on my birthday we plan to travel up the mountain to a Sikh Shrine on the banks of a glacial lake at 4429m. It’s a 6km uphill trek with an altitude rise of 1400m so we decide to take ponies for the uphill leg and return on foot.  The weather is looking a little dodgy as we commence with mist covering the mountains and wearing our rain gear as it looks possible it might rain. Our horses appear to be the express type, trying to outpace each other and overtaking others on the track. As we get closer I...

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The Valley of the Flowers

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The Valley of the Flowers

Govindghat to Ghangaria August 7th, 2015 Govindghat is the starting point for our trek into the Valley of the Flowers, the destination is Ghangaria which will be our base camp for the next few days. We decide to take ponies as Shruti is having trouble walking. What an amazing idea.  The track winds through moss covered forest and as we pass I glimpse flowers of all colors. Wild geranium, penstemon, white and yellow impatiens, hypericum, anemone, Colquhounia and above us maple, rhododendron and Himalayan Cedar.  We pass an area where there was...

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