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

Bats and Beasties in Khao Yai National Park

My lovely new millipede bracelet at Khao Yai National Park

I can’t believe my time in Thailand is over.  Last stop before Bangkok was Khao Yai National Park.  It was a bit of an adventure getting to our guest house.  At Pak Chong train station a tout approached us; instead of my normal tact of completely ignoring her I thought it would be more convenient to say yes.  Big mistake!!!!!  We got driven to a hotel just on the outskirts … Continue reading

Namo Buddha

Monks at Stupa, Namo Buddha

I have found my vocation in life – an English teacher in Nepal.  They are always having holidays!!!!  I discovered on Friday, Sunday is another holiday. Woo hoo!!  I decided to make the most of it and escape the hustle bustle of Kathmandu for a few days.  I was hoping to do a day’s trek in Nagarkot, but the travel agency in Thamel was not very helpful and they seemed … Continue reading

Ghorepani 5 Day Trek

Annapurna

Kathmandu to Pokhara I caught the merry-go-round bus with Kumar (my guide for the next 5 days) to Pokhara, leaving behind the urban sprawl of Kathmandu.  It was an enjoyable journey winding down the mountain with its death defying bends; passing traditional villages and oxen ploughing paddy fields; with Bollywood music blasting.  The bus was a constant circus of people hopping aboard to sell their wares.  We stopped for the … Continue reading