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  • Day96

    Kathmandu II

    March 18, 2019 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Die Spuren des Erdbebens im Jahre 2015 sind noch gut sichtbar, besonders die halb kollabiereten Tempel fallen ins Auge, die Straßenzüge gleichen einen verwahrlosten Gebiss mit fehlenden Zähnen. Die Backsteine aus den Lücken werden abgeklopft und wieder verwendet, alles wird mit Wildwuchs verdichtet.Read more

  • Day20

    Day 8/9

    November 8, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Yak Kharka (4018m) and Thorung Phedi (4450m) Slowly heading higher so we don't gain too much altitude too quickly. Getting colder (-7 one morning) and tea houses even more basic and busy. Dusty uneven wooden floors with stone walls and very draughty windows/doors. A cattle shed comes to mind! All adds to the experience though. Saw someone helicoptered out of here due to altitude sickness.Read more

  • Day132

    Back on track in Nepal

    November 23, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After a three week detour to be with my family in Germany, I made it to Kathmandu. Knowing my loved ones well back home, I'm now beyond excited to explore the Himalayans.

    First stop: one day in Kathmandu. I love exploring places on a scooter, it makes you part of the busy city life rather than just an observer from a taxi. My guide Ganesh had never ridden one, and so I became his personal driver for the day :)

    Kathmandu is big, busy, dusty, surrounded by mountains and full of culture and history. Hindus and Buddhists live side by side here, about which I'm eager to learn more on the following days!
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  • Day4

    Hangover from hell

    July 16, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    It's 22.13, and I've not long got in from dinner with everyone. Unfortunately Hope has been a bit poorly today so she stayed in today, and didn't fancy dinner tonight. We think she will be fine tomorrow. It's probably a combination of cheap alcohol causing a bad hangover, the heat, tiredness, and different food.

    Slight improvement on the baggage situation - a lady called twinkle (lol) has what's app'd me to say that our bags are on tomorrow's flights. We aren't going to be too optimistic about it, as earlier in the day she told me that they couldnt track the bags and that she received an email from Muscat airport Saturday morning to say that the bags are on the 8 am flight (which they were not); so both Muscat and Nepal airport are saying different things (not reassuring!) However, it's an improvement! We will just have to wait and see tomorrow. She said we get $40 compensation each which isn't great - but at least it's something.

    So we moved back hotels at 9 am this morning (we fell back asleep but he came back in rushing us out haha), then Hope conked out as she felt so poorly. I spent the day at the office. Before lunch, we had an in depth presentation with the man who is the founder of VIN. We found out the history of the charity, the purpose, and then specific detail about our individual programmes. I was struggling to stay awake as I was so tired and hungover, but I got through it.

    At lunch we had spaghetti in a curry sauce which was yummy! Then I got the taxi to the airport to speak to Oman air. This time it only cost 1000 which included the wait, then he dropped me back at VIN office. There was so much traffic so it took around 40 minutes each way!
    In the afternoon we spoke to our programme manager/coordinator and found out details of what we will be doing. Hope and I are going to be educating women's groups on women trafficking, and teaching them a number of life skills. I think we have to conduct some research as well, and need to do a report at the end of the fortnight.

    We left the office at 5, and I came back to the room to see Hope at 5.45 ish (it's only a fifteen minute drive but I got us both another top and some more trousers). We chilled for a bit, Hope felt a bit better, but then when we got to dinner with everyone she felt sick again so came back. I had dinner with the others then came back to see her. We are going to have an early night as we are shattered from last night - and hopefully Hope will feel much better in the morning.

    Tomorrow we are meeting our host family! We are excited for it. Today has been good, but tomorrow will be better when Hope is feeling better :) (and hopefully we get our luggage ... Hmmmmmm!)
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  • Day6

    HANGING ON For dear life

    July 18, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    It's never a boring day here in Nepal! Today has been yet another interesting day!

    We were up at 7 am for tea and biscuits (though we were actually awoken much earlier from the loud banging noises.. Nepalese people get up so early, like 5.30 am!). The girls had no biscuits, so I 'took one for the team' and had a few (really I just wanted them) ... But I later regret it when we had an absolute mountain of rice, dhal and beat for breakfast at 9 am. We had to wash up after, so we didn't leave until 9.45 (we were meant to be at work for 10 am but our family couldn't understand ... So VIN said they would ring them and ask to do breakfast earlier!).

    The bus stop is a fifteen minute walk from the house. The bus was 60 rupees for all of us (so cheap!) and was about 30 minutes. We were first on so got a seat....but WOW it got SO rammed. The people standing had NO room - it was so cramped... There must have been DOUBLE the capacity on it, with people hanging out the doors.

    The office was a fifteen minute walk from the bus stop...through a LOT of mud (a bad day to wear sandals!). We were at the office from 11- 2 planning our lessons. We met Shweta (the local volunteer) and Om (our project leader) went over the PowerPoint with Hope as she was ill on the day we did it. Hope looked like she was about falling asleep hahaha as Om was literally repeating the same stuff over and over, and her English wasn't great!
    We made lesson plans for the life skill: 'self esteem' which we decided to do as our first lesson, 'communication and public speaking' as our second lesson, and 'stress management' as our third. The annoying part is that the project we chose was 'women's trafficking' yet apparently the first area that we are teaching our women's group in (all three lessons on Wednesday, Thursday, friday) does not have an issue with women's trafficking ... so it is quite annoying and makes our project seem pretty pointless. We wished we chose one that teaches english, but hopefully the life skills lessons will still be interesting, and we can still write on our CV that we taught about women's trafficking.

    We finished about 2 pm after both being asked by a Nepalese man if we are models (lol)! Then decided that we didn't want to go straight back to the host family, so got a 350 rupees taxi to Thamel and had some chips and nachos, and 2 sex on the beach cocktails from a terrace bar (which turned out to be so expensive!!! Like 2200 - ridiculous!) We looked at some shops, then got a taxi back to the bypass bus stop to get the bus back to Kravesthali.

    And wow what an experience this was! So a bus turned up, and we definitely thought it was full... but oh no ... we are asked to get on. We were literally HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE! It was so funny ... we were laughing so hard but it was making it so much more difficult to hold on. The journey is uphill and so bumpy, yet we felt like we were almost hanging out the door!! In the end a lady offered to hold my bag. It is mental on there! No wonder it's so cheap. There was one point we felt so uncomfortable from how close people were to us, and it stunk of BO which wasn't ideal! We were glad to get off.

    We met a few of the volunteers at a cafe, then walked back to the house with Sheri and Melanie.

    As we had eaten at the restaurant, and there are no bins anywhere in Nepal (no wonder pollution is so bad here!), we still had our full lunch boxes. So in a panic, just before we get back to the house, we poured the food in to a carrier bag ... then the dad comes zooming past on his motorbike... so in a panic we put a bag full of food (which has a very strong smell of CURRY) IN MY BAG!!! And we had to keep it in our room overnight because we couldn't let Anita see as she would be so offended ... it was not cool! (I am now writing on the 19/07/17 as we got distracted yesterday)

    When we got in, we had tea around the table and waited for dinner at 8 pm. Anita showed us milking her cow in the garden (we felt so sorry for the cow in a small barn) and the kids were non stop shouting 'SISTER TAKE PHOTO TAKE PHOTO' at us haha! Then we went to bed after dinner!
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  • Day12

    Nepali timings

    July 24, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We had our usual routine in the morning, but also washed our clothes and hung them on the mine before breakfast. We left the house at 9 to meet Shweta and Om at 9.15 by the blue restaurant at the bus park.

    9.15 ... no sign

    9.30 ... no sign

    10 ... no sign

    We were so annoyed. Seeing as it's temple day for the women, we thought that maybe it had been cancelled but just hadn't been told (which would have annoyed us so much as she was certain that we couldn't have today off!!).

    I text Shweta and she said that she wasn't coming as she had her dissertation to finish. So I rang Om and she said 'on way on way' (bearing in mind the class was supposed to start at 10!!!) - Nepali timings for you!!

    She finally arrived at 10.10 am and we got the bus to the community. We had to wait for an hour for the women to arrive (Nepali timings!!), and we eventually did the class on 'public speaking' (well we did a class in English which no one understood, and then the local volunteer translated it but knew the lesson anyway so technically didn't really need us!). Luckily one of Shweta's friends came instead.

    After the class we chilled out in the cafe, had some chips and chilli chips, then Melanie came and brought her iPad so we could watch the rest of the Wolf of Wall Street. Melanie and I got some strawberry shisha as it was only 300 rupees and we felt like we ought to try it whilst in Nepal (it is everywhere!!).

    Then we went back to the house, and same routine ... tea at 4/5 then dinner at 7/7.30 (normal dal-bhat).

    It's been a pretty average day!!

    Anita got some bangles, bindis and necklaces for our mums which we found so cute!!!
    We have only 2 more nights after this until we leave the host family, then 2 nights in Thamel, and then we fly to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
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  • Day1

    19 Avril : en route vers le Népal

    April 19, 2018 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Après un rapide petit déjeuner je partage un taxi avec Simon, un Quebecquois de l'auberge qui lui part en Indonesie.

    Je suis un peu l'avance et patiente donc 45 min que s'ouvre l'enregistrement des bagages. Je passe ensuite les contrôles et l'immigration. Les Birmans sont définitivement des gens très gentils et attentionnés. Les douaniers et employés me disent quelques mots en français en voyant mon passeport.

    Je décolle avec 30 min de retard et j'arrive malgré ça à l'heure prévue.

    Sortie de l'avion, je n'ai pas besoin de repasser les contrôles ni l'immigration avant de me diriger vers la porte d'embarquement du vol vers Katmandou. Un genre de tram m'y amène. C'est reparti pour un tour, un peu dans la cacophonie indienne.

    J'atteris à 21h15 à Katmandou. Il n'y a pas de queue pour faire le visa et c'est tant mieux. Le plus long sera l'attente des bagages. Je prends un taxi direction l'auberge. Il est 23h passé lorsque j'arrive enfin. La journée a été longue.
    Quelques personnes dorment déjà dans le dortoir.

    L'auberge est récente, les installations sont correctes mais les lieux ne sont pas propres. De plus, la rue est très bruyante et le double vitrage inexistant. Entre les chiens qui aboient et les klaxons, ma nuit n'est pas tr reposante. C'est décidé, je cherche une autre auberge pour la nuit prochaine.
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  • Day50

    Pokhara mit Jenny

    November 1, 2018 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Am siebenundzwanzigsten verbrachten wir dann unseren ersten ganzen, gemeinsamen Tag in dem wundrschönen Pokhara. Nach einer langen, angenehmen Nacht ,machten wir uns dann fertig, um im Boomerang frühstücken zu gehen, wo wir uns im Garten auf bequemen Gartenstühlen mit Blick auf den See niederließen.
    Nachdem wir gefrühstückt hatten, genossen wir die warmen Sonnenstunden in einer netten Bar direkt am See und lasen in unseren Kindls.
    Den Abend verbrachten wir mit Sabine und Familie. Wir wohnten der Einweihungsparty des Restaurants von Rockys sehr guten Freund und gelichzeitig dem angesagtesten Sänger Nepals bei.
    Am nächsten Tag stand unser lang ersehnter welnesstag bevor, an dem wir nicht anderes taten als uns im Bikini auf die Liegen vor dem großen Pool zu legen, Musik zu hören und zu lesen. Doch davor waren wir erstmals im WhiteRabbit frühstücken, eine Art Starbucks in Pokhara,nur alles frisch gemacht und mit den betsen Bagels im Angebot.
    Abends waren wir dann wieder schön in einem Tapasrestaurant essen und ich googlete Tips, wie ich bis zum nächsten Tag, also unserem Paraglidesprungtag meine Höhenangst überwinde...
    Am nächsten Morgen standen wir auf und gingen im Lemontree frühstücken, während ich gefühlt immer mehr meine Gesichtsfarbe verlor. Zurück im Hotel nahm ich ein paar Nothelfertropfen gegen die Aufregung und danach wurden wir auch schon von einem Bus abgeholt, der uns vor Rockys Büro brachte, den wir dort mit einem Paar und weiteren Paaraglidelehrern einsammlten. Ich werde nie vergessen, wie gelassen sie die Treppe runterkamen und uns begrüßten als wäre heute der normalste Tag der Welt.
    Die Busfahrt hoch zum Sprungplatz entpuppte sich als ziemlich holprig und wir waren sehr froh, dann anzukommen.
    Von da an ging alles ganz schnell. Rocky schnallte wir eine Art Rucksack auf und ich musste durch einen Gurt steigen, der mich ein wenig an einen Klettergurt erinnerte. Dann fragte ich Rocky aus, was ich machen sollte und er sagte: Fanny lauf, wenn ich go sage und renn wenn ich Run sage. Und du bist ein starkes Mädchen.
    Mit diesen Worten blieben wir ca. noch 2 Minuten sthen, um auf den perfekten Wind zu warten, bis er dann plötzlich go sagte und ich lief, dann run und ich wollte gar nicht mehr aufhören zu rennen ich rannte und rannte, ich wäre noch weiter gerannt, wenn uns der Schirm nicht in die Lüfte getragen hätte. In der Luft fühlte ich mich so frei, wie noch nie in mienem Leben und so furchtlos. Kurz vor der Landung machten wir noch ein bisschen Akrobatik in der Luft und erreichten dann auch schon sicher und zu mienem Leide viel zu schnell den Boden. Im Büro angekommen, bekamen wir die Bilder zugeschickt und Sabine erwartete uns schon mit Adrian. An diesem Abend trafen wir uns in einem phantastischen Italiener mit Annette Busam, einer lieben Bekannten, die ich nach Jahren endlich wieder mit ihrem Lebensgefährten traf und einen ganz besonderen Abend verbrachte. Wir vier hatten unglaublich viel Spaß und tolle Gespräche.
    Den nächsten Tag verbrachten wir entspannt mit lesen am See und trafen uns anschließend mit Isabel zum Essen. Wir hatten so viel Spaß und begleiteten sie dann noch mit in ihr Hotel, wo wir den Abend schön ausklingen ließen und uns gegen später dann auf den Weg zurück zu unserem Hotel machten.
    Den letzten Tag verbrachten wir damit Boot zu fahren und das war großartig. Wir nahmen ein Boot ohne Fahrer, sodass wir selbst rudern und lernken konnten. Abends feierten wir mit Rocky Sabine und Adrian, außerdem Isabel und ihrer halben "Gastfamilie" im Or2K Halloween.
    Den nächsten Tag machten wir uns auf den Weg in den Chitwan, von dort aus werde ich nicht berichten, da ich leider nichts dort erlebte und mit einer Lebensmittelvergiftung im Bett lag.
    Die tage in Pokhara waren wundervoll. wir freuen uns schon wieder dort Weihnachten und Silvester verbringen zu dürfen.
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