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    • Day 5

      3. Monkey Temple 4 & 5. Sickness🤢

      May 24 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      May 22nd :
      James I went to visit to the most famous buddhist stupa in Kathmandu, known as the Swayambhu. This is a Tibetan name , which translates as "sublime trees ". The Swayambhu is a popular tourist place to visit as there are loads of macaque monkeys there.
      It was amazing to see monkeys thriving so well in human altered environments . They were very cute , lots of mother monkeys carrying their babies underneath them !
      There were lots of stairs to climb to get up to the main temple, it was well worth the steps as it was just beautiful , here is what the swayambhu has to offer:

      A huge gold plated Vajra ‘thunderbolt’ set in the east side of the stupa.

      Buddha statue on the west side of Swayambhu.

      The Sleeping Buddha.

      The Dewa Dharma Monastery, noted for a bronze icon of Buddha and traditional Tibetan paintings.

      The temple dedicated to Harati, the goddess of all children. It is said that she was an ogress before Lord Buddha converted her to be the caretaker of all children.

      James and I went back to the hotel for a short while afterwards. We met up with Badrinda, who gave us our trekking certificates! Then we headed to a place called "Yogs rooftop restaurant " to meet Katie , Galen Benedict and MK for our final meal together.
      We had some cocktails and some nibbles together , James and I had chicken curry for main , which at the time was lovely , we certainly are paying for it now though 🤮.
      It was sad to say goodbye to Katie and Galen , but we wished them all the best for their short trip to Turkey and all of their wedding planning !
      Benedict and his girlfriend, MK are going to Pokara , so we may see them again !

      23rd, 24th May

      Unfortunately James and I have really bad tummies , most likely from the chicken at Yogs . We managed have a little look around Kathmandu on the 23rd, we managed to buy some sew on badges to go on our bunting that Kalata made for the van.
      Today has just been the worst though , both of us unable to.leave the hotel room and very uncomfortable from the abdominal cramps ! We hope this goes away very soon !
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    • Day 83

      Returning to Kathmandu

      March 22 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      In 2000, I spent several months backpacking through Southeast Asia, including about 3 weeks in Nepal and Tibet. I had gotten a respiratory infection while in Nepal, so couldn’t go trekking like I had hoped to. Somehow I ended up spending most of my time near a place previously unknown to me - Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist prayer Kora in all of Nepal. It became precious to me - I spent hours there, watching the Tibetan Buddhists pray and walk clockwise around the prayer circuit, spinning prayer wheels clockwise, quietly saying mantras, with colorful prayer flags flapping gently in the wind overhead with the smell of incense in the air. It became my happy place and since that time, I’ve always considered it my favorite place on the other side of the world. ❤️

      More than 20 year later I have finally returned with Brian and the kiddos - and the second I saw it again, my breath stopped. It is magnificent. No amount of pictures or video can do it justice. As a proud hospice nurse who believes deeply in the work I do, I don’t always understand what makes me tick but I do know it’s based on a spiritual connection to my work. That said, I feel as strongly and spiritually connected to Bouddhanath even 20 years later as I do in being a hospice nurse. So glad to be back…

      For us as a family, this has been yet another eye opening part of this adventure: seeing the “monkey temple,” homeless dogs, Hindu cremations on an outdoor funeral pyre (yes we saw this), learning about the Sherpa, meeting monks, lots of cars and chaotic traffic, a crazy ride in a Rickshaw, and having the most wonderful guide that we ended up having dinner with the following night along with her family. We have been blessed with this.

      Tomorrow we head to Pokhara and then trekking…

      You’ll probably hear from us after the trek is done / not sure about wifi up in the Himalayas as it’s already terrible in Kathmandu!

      Love and light!
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    • Day 17


      March 14 in Nepal ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Gestern haben wir es geschafft in 10 Stunden 200 km durch die Gebirge von Pokhara nach Kathmandu. Danach war ich wirklich ziemlich Platt. Aber ich habe viel geschlafen auf der Tour - gut das ich immer schlafen kann.
      Heute habe ich versucht den MT. Everest zu sehen, um 4.45 Uhr wurden wir abgeholt. Doch leider war es zu bewölkt und ich habe nur die ersten Gebirge aus dem Flieger sehen können. Morgen probiere ich es nochmal🍀
      Ansonsten habe ich Kathmandu etwas erkundet und mich auf den Abflug morgen vorbereitet.
      Morgen Nacht geht's Richtung Neuseeland. Das wird der längste Flug, mit Zeitverschiebung ist Abflug und Ankunft fast ein Tag.
      Also vielleicht hören wir uns morgen mit Bildern vom Everest 🤗
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    • Day 2

      First Day of Travel

      April 17 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Was ein Tag. 😅
      Im Zug zum Flughafen habe ich meine Freunde getroffen, die mich zur Reise motiviert (überredet) haben. Danach hatten wir einen sehr guten Flug mit Zwischenstopp in Istanbul (was ein Riesen Flughafen, da haben wir mehr Sprit auf dem Rollfeld gebraucht als in der Luft 😅). Hier haben wir auch meinen Papa und den Rest der Gruppe getroffen und fliegen zusammen weiter.
      In Kathmandu angekommen brauchte es zunächst etwas Geduld. Etwa 2,5 Stunden um durch die Passkontrolle zu kommen 🫣. Und danach ……. ein Kulturschock. Schon klar, dass wir hier in einem der zehn ärmsten Länder der Welt sind, doch meine Vorstellungskraft ging nicht so weit.

      Wir hatten einen sehr schönen Tag hier und jetzt fall ich sehr müde ins Bett. In drei Stunden geht es weiter 🤩💪🏽
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    • Day 1

      1. Lukla to Kathmandu

      May 20 in Nepal ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      We were woken up at 0600 by Gumbu , saying that we had to be at the airport in half an hour . Gombu said the night before to be ready for breakfast at 0700 , so it was a bit of a shock . Luckily we had packed the night before , and we managed to make it to the airport in good time .
      Lukla airport was complete chaos , the check in was rammed and we had to pay an extra fee for overweight luggage. Which started at 2000 ruppees, James managed to Haggle down to 200 😂
      After waiting about half an hour , the plane to Ramichap arrived , it was tiny and looked very old. The plane could only take 16 passengers and you could see straight into the cockpit.
      Take off was so scary , the runway is very short and you sort of fall off a hill at the end 🤣.
      Our flight was a grand total of 15 mins long to Ramechap , there was quite a lot of turbulence in that 15 minutes 😳.
      Ramechap was very hot and humid , and the minibus to Kathmandu was also transporting another flight , so we had to wait a while before we could leave . During this time , we met a lovely man called Sam, he was selling bananas , crisps and drinks by the side of the minibuses . He was so happy and funny and we got along very well . He was telling us to visit Darjeeling (where all the nice tea comes from) amongst other recommendations .
      The journey from Ramichap is about 5-6 hours long . The minimus was very cramped , hot and uncomfortable . Most of the main roads are under construction in Nepal, so it was a very bumpy ride . Our driver kept overtaking on blind bends whilst on his phone , it was crazy .
      After all that dodgy overtaking, we managed to get to Kathmandu in 4.5 hours .
      We checked into our room and sorted through all our clothes that needed washing from the trek and dropped them off at a launderette. We felt like we needed a good food binge after our trek , so we ate loads of fried chicken for dinner - which was amazing!
      Afterwards, we walked slowly back to our hotel room and watched a mountaineering film called "touching the void " before going to sleep . The bed is so comfortable .
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    • Day 3


      April 21 in Nepal ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Nach insgsamt 11 Stund Flug mit zwüschehaut in Dubai bini de in Kathmandu ahcho.
      I bi widermau z Asie: es isch eis Chaos ufdr Strass, Lärm vode Motore undem gehupe, schmali Gässli, Stromkabu überau und spezielli Grüch vo aune Site. I füehle mi sofort wohu!
      I dem Labyrinth vo Stadt ischs nid so eifach sech z recht finde, drum gits haut paar Extrarundine. Am Schluss muessi eifach z Hotel widr finge. Wasi zersch o nid gfunde ha, isch es Resti. Hie muesch e Stock witer obe nach eppisem z Esse sueche.
      Nebst em dürd Strasse schlendere hani nach überrede e chlini Stadfüehrig bercho. Ner bini dr Durbar-Platz, wo bekannt isch für sini Temple, gah ahluege. Zmittag hani für 2 Franke bratnigi Momos gesse u ha ner im „garden of dreams“ d Rueh gnosse.
      Eigentlech wäri morn ono in Kathmandu gsi abr da am Sunnti Wahle si, chönnts mit de Busse schwirig wärde. Drum gahni ez scho morn witer id Maya Universe Academy, ca. 6h vo hie us, woni die nächste 5 Wuche verbringe.

      -> Befors witer uf Manila geit, chumi sicher nomau da ane. Dr Swayambhunath (Affentempel) möchti mr nid la entgah!
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    • Day 20

      Nepal Parcel experience

      May 27, 2018 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Gehen Trekking Schuhe auf Reisen! Leute, Hammer! Paket versenden kann tatsächlich ein Erlebnis sein...5 verschiedene Leute beschäftigt: einer prüft, einer wiegt, einer schreibt, einer näht das Paket zu, einer bringt es weg. Ich bin gespannt, wann es ankommt und die Gesichter beim Uebergeben in Deutschland...aber Vorsicht beim Oeffnen, gefaehrliche Fuß-Gase 🙊Read more

    • Day 197

      Kathmandu (2)

      September 13, 2022 in Nepal ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Best free walking tour ever! Wow, such an impressive and interesting culture and history in Kathmandu.

      Picture 4: The Vaisha Dev Shrine, also known as Toothache tree, is a wooden log at Bangemudha. The shrine is dedicated to goddess Vaisha Dev who is a Newar's patron saint of toothache. People suffering from toothache visit the shrine to nail Nepalese rupee coins believing in that it will get rid of the toothache. It attracts many people who have toothache due to this dentist's have opened shop near the shrine.
      Picture 5: Asan Bazar
      Picture 7: Destroyed house from violent earthquake in 2015
      Picture 8-16: Swayambunath / Monkey Temple
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    • Day 195

      Kathmandu (1)

      September 11, 2022 in Nepal ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

      Hello Nepal 🇳🇵- one of my bucket-list countries.
      Wedged between the high wall of the Himalaya and the steamy jungles of the Indian plains, Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras.
      First thing what I did directly after arrival: what trek do you recommend and when can I start?
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    • Day 24

      Letzte Eindrücke aus Kathmandu

      October 30, 2019 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Morgen ist Abflug nach Thailand, genauer Ko Samui. Ab in die Wärme, hier ist's mit 16° relativ kühl, vor allem abends.

      Nocheinmal zieht es mich in die Jochen Thole aka Freakstreet. Ich finde ein kleines Lokal im ersten Stock in dem ich auch vor 44 Jahren gegessen hatte, heute heißt es Old Meggi Restaurant, den Namen aus den alten Tagen weiß ich leider nicht mehr.

      Ein sonderbares Gefühl hier nun zu sitzen, an dem Ort wo ich nach der monatelangen Reise von Wien über Istanbul, Teheran, Kabul über den Khaiberpass, Peshawar, Islamabad, New Delhi gelandet bin. Das war im Jahre 1975.

      Nochmals versuche ich letzte Reminiszenzen aus dieser Zeit zu entdecken, leider hat sich zuviel verändert.
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