Full Moon Celebrations

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In Nepal Shamanism is still practiced, so on the full moon I witnessed something very special.  I squeezed into a tiny wooden house, high up in the mountains, with most of Gele’s family: elders, children and all.   Every year they gather on the first full moon of the year to pray for the coming Winter months. An altar was set up on the floor.  There was a bowl containing stones and porcupine quills, a pretty potent incense … Continue reading

Can you spot Everest?

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The 2nd day of trekking was a tough day, only one direction, up, up, up, up and up.  My poor legs felt like they had done a marathon step class.  Every corner I was hoping I reached the top, but instead I was faced with another steep slope.  At one point I lost the feelings in my poor thighs :oS Around lunchtime we stopped for a snack since it was the … Continue reading

Christmas Day – Where’s the Turkey?

Daal Bhaat - typical Nepali dish

Christmas day was the start of a 3 day trek to Gele’s home village.  Can you imagine doing a day’s bus trip followed by a 2 day mountain hike (the locals walk a lot quicker than me *BLUSH*) to visit your parents?  However, this is very normal for all Nepali mountain folk. Christmas dinner was certainly different.  Well different for me, but not for Nepalese.   No turkey, no funny hats, no … Continue reading

Little Italy

Alfresco dining on Lygon St

For my last night in Melbourne, I ventured out to Lygon Street, famous for its Italian restaurants.  Many, many moons ago it is where the early Italians settled in Melbourne. It did feel like I had been transported to Europe. However, mama would have not be impressed with the pizzas!!!   I envisioned authentic thin crust pizza baked in a wood fire oven; instead I might as well have ordered … Continue reading

Wanderings in Melbourne

Luna Park, St Kilda

The best kind of travelling is when someone else is paying :o) I’m working in Melbourne for a week, but I have the weekend to explore this vibrant city. On Saturday, looking like a right tourist with my camera swinging from my wrist and carrying a free city map from the hotel, I walk from the CBD to St Kilda. I started my epic journey (well it felt epic to … Continue reading