Alan Hopkins

Joined August 2017
  • Day4

    And work begins

    November 5 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Porridge, ready for a hard days work! We then ventured to the school a few 100m away on Nepali Flat = up and down. Through a rural village, chickens, goats, cows in barns and a small veg plot! On arriving at the school we were great by stares and giggles and wonderment. Some of these children had never seen westerners! And not ones my hight or a red headed bearded Celt like Adam ( guy on trip) we were officially welcomed by the school govner and local MP, and we each had a string of marigolds we then set to work, demolishing 2 classrooms and a stage area, ready for our 6 classrooms. Whatever was demolished needed to be kept as useful as possible, so no sledgehammers here!! I set to work with Andy on the Maths room, 4 guys on the roofs the others shovelling the stage away, rocks dirt and more rocks. We worked as a in team and onto about 4:30 - back to the camp dinner at 6 and most people were in bed at 8:30. A full day, but a good dayRead more

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  • Day3

    Worlds most Dangerous roads - new app

    November 4 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After a lovely breakfast we headed off to find our coach, once found we headed towards our school at Gimdi, 4.5hrs away.... well 7 hrs later, a landslide, the bus getting stuck and making the decision to carry on as it was getting dark ,on the most dangerous “road” I have ever been on we arrived at our camp to be met my Mann our Sirdar for the next 2 weeks. A hearty 3 course meal and pick your tent... we then found out who the snorers were and well let’s just say there were loosRead more

  • Day2

    Katmandu -

    November 3 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Well it’s been quite a trek already but now here in the madness of KTM. Been off to Donar Square but a lot of the temples are still being repair after the earthquake. One “guide” was telling us there is a human god in temple - I asked if Simön Cowell was there! Now off for a briefing.

  • Day9

    Lazy day

    September 13 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We walked up to the village for our last coffee at the restaurant. Then back to the villa to get books finished, swimming and to beat our volleyball record. Then our real treat... Fredrico our private chef arrived and started preparing tonight’s dinner. Now 2 courses in we are stuffed and enjoying the sunset. Tuscany you have been a joyRead more

  • Day8

    Sights of Sienna

    September 12 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Up early as we were off to have a full day (ish) in Sienna today. The sun was out and Alan had identified a really good parking spot .. so off we went. The day started with a great cup of coffee and local biscuits before purchasing our OPA, not OAP tickets for all of the bits linked to the cathedral. We decided to get a multimedia guide.. great idea as just enough information to digest in a short time. The pass lasts up to four days, but we only really had a few hours, but it was enough to give us a taster. The cathedral, crypt and baptiste were amazing as was the terrace in the museum.. Looked more like part of a set than an unfinished extension to one of the great cathedrals in Europe. So quick lunch, couldn't finish my wine.... and then off to the piazza del campo .. where they have the famous horse race, twice a year.. All of it was amazing .. Sienna you didn't disappoint. So here are some photosRead more

  • Day7

    Wine, wine and more wine

    September 11 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today has been an amazing day, we travelled to the Winery where we got taken to meet our bike guide. He took us to san gimiano - e bikes are the way to go! After the bike tour we returned to the winery for our cooking lesson, then with 3 courses made we sat to our wine tasting- 10 wines in all !! We also are our food we prepared earlier - Thank you Bev for an amazing birthday present 💕Read more

  • Day6

    Pool and a good book

    September 10 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    So today we decided that with a busy few days planned tomorrow, Thursday and Friday we would take the opportunity to relax around the pool. Two finished books later, an easy lunch with the obligatory beer, afternoon ice cream and a cup of tea.. its time to get ready to drive to see the Dolmio family in the next village for dinner.. Off to the wine tour tomorrow. How could you get bored of this view though.. and some good old pool volleyball.Read more

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