Nepal

Thamel

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  • Day14

    All hands on deck today. There were only 14 students so we collapsed some of our lessons together. Students did dot-to-dot, Australian animals, reading children's books, the Hokey Pokey and hand painting on a big sheet. All round it was a successful day and our students were great again.
    The whole community came together to perform a wonderful concert for us. It was magical and really demonstrated the great community spirit that exists in a place like this and no longer seems to exist in the west.Read more

  • Day20

    😭 nepal and Himalaya Trekking is coming to an end.. although the last days were not as exciting as our way to thorong la pass we still were amazed about the last part around ghorepani. Especially our first sunrise we saw from poon hill was beautiful. Unfortunately we were not the only one.. if someone is doing the same: better start hiking to poon hill earlier than 4.45am otherwise you will stick in tourist jam 😌
    Trekking around ghorepani means more tourists as well as more stairs! Because the region is quite hilly but with many little villages there are really a lot of stairs. In combination with the rain forest character of that region it makes it kind of mystic.. like finding a hidden treasure.
    Our really last days we spend in pokhara, the second biggest city in nepal and main starting point for diverse adventure activities. The city is obviously more touristic with many international restaurants. But compared to kathmandu not as crowdy and dusty..
    Although we had a pretty decent shower since weeks we were kind of melancholic not to be surrounded by the beautiful giants anymore. In our minds we still were trying to conquer the little brother mountains and enjoying the wonderful views.. definitely not the last time! See you again Nepal! Namaste
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  • Day2

    After not sleeping the night before this flight seems to have took forever. Finally made it to Kathmandu!

    Now I’ve seen many video saying how hectic it was and thought I was prepared but no, I cannot describe the mayhem on the roads here. Cars, buses, bikes and people and mixed together but surprisingly no one gets hit.

    Checked into my hostel and surprised to find that my dorm of five is only me and a guy from Quebec.

    Decided to go out and check out the local area, again very hectic and I intone it will be easier to do in daylight so I just had a local dish called Dal Baht which was delicious, had a few drinks and headed back to the hostel.
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  • Day3

    Had an awesome sleep. Woke up about 8am to the sight of a semi naked Canadian, I could get use this hostel lark!

    Went for breakfast which comprised of mango juice, tea, fried eggs, toast with honey and porridge with banana, was delicious and filling, not bad for $3 a night!

    Decided today to go to the monkey temple (Bodhnath Stupa), pretty awesome to see monkeys free roaming. There are an agonising 365 steps to get to the temple but the rewards are awesome!

    Whilst there I met a couple of local guys called Lama and Suraj who showed me around the temple and told me lots of history about the Buddha and Buddhists. I was also given access to a family rooftop to take panoramic photos of Kathmandu Valley and was created by my first glimpse of the Himalayas.

    We then went to see some more sights and had nepal tea before being sandwiched between them on the back of Suraj’s moped for a life back down.
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  • Day3

    I loaded up the FourSquare app to find a good place to eat, Thamel House Restaurant was recommended and I decided to have their version of a meze. This consisted of 10 different dishes and I’ve now discovered that Nepal food is delicious. Total price was 1800nr which equates to 10 euros, bargain!

    On the way back I noticed shops were closing early. I found out today that there is an important election tomorrow and trouble may be happening, if this is a reason for shops to close early I don’t know.

    I guess a day at the hostel will be the itinerary tomorrow.
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  • Day4

    Ok, today was a strange one. I didn’t know when I booked that today would be the second round of voting in the elections. A very important day for the Nepalis. As a result there was a ban on vehicles on all roads which made getting around much easier!

    I also took a walk to Durbar Square which is in front of the old royal palace of the now ceased Nepali kingdom.

    Seen many videos online about this pre-earthquake and its devastating to see how much was destroyed. I just can’t imagine the terror when it struck and looking around it’s easy to see how 9000 people died that day.

    Where ever you go you are constantly harassed to buy things or to give money, however much of this is genuine or not I don’t know but it’s constant and you can’t help feel for them.

    The government here has pledged to rebuild the country in 20 years, I hope it gets back to normal sooner.
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  • Day4

    Last night I tasted my first momo and instantly fell in love with them, so much do I had to find a special place to go eat them today.

    I discovered Momo Hut in Thamel, selections vary from garlic cheese to banana fillings. I opted for a meat platter which gave me 12 of the little beauties.

    I enjoyed it so much I had to try the chocolate ones, also had a visitor whilst I ate :)

  • Day1

    We arrived yesterday evening in Kathmandu after an exhausting 8 hours to Dubai, 4 hour wait and 4,5 hour flight to Nepal.

    Hectic city - similar to Dar or India. Everything is exceptionally cheap. Proper dinner with drinks for 4 = R312.

    Spend the day visiting the Swayambhunath and shopping.

  • Day6

    So after a boozy night last night I made it to breakfast then had the task of packing my things. Tomorrow I will fly to lukla airport to start the trek to everest base camp so I need to pack a 10kg case and a 5kg case, harder than you think!! Took my diamox this morning for altitude sickness, no side effects as yet.

    Checked into my hotel do the night and will meet the group at 2pm for a briefing of whats to come.Read more

  • Day58

    Habe im Bus eine nette Australierin und ihren nepalesischen Begleiter kennengelernt & wir haben uns kurzerhand entschieden Geld zu sparen und uns ein Dreierzimmer zu teilen. Dann sind wir in ein günstiges und typisches Restaurant essen gegangen. Natürlich wird hier mit den Fingern gegessen 😊 Es gab.... nun, wie soll ich das beschreiben.... Haferschleim mit deftigen Dips 😅 Nice bis dato...leider saßen am Nachbartisch Streetworker mit richtig krass kaputten obdachlosen Junkies. Einer hat sich ausgezogen und seine Kampfwunden gezeigt, ein anderer hat wohl länger nichts zu essen gehabt, sodass er so lange gestopft hat, bis er sich unter den Tisch übergeben musste... mitten im Restaurant und von jeder Seite gut sichtbar 🙈 Dann kamen noch zwei betrunkene BLINDE rein, die auch etwas ausfällig wurden. Dann sind wir besser gegangen. What a day!Read more

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