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The “Boys” are Finally Off!

The “Boys” are Finally Off!

Well after months of planning and preparation, Mark and his Dad have headed off on the much-anticipated trek.  When I got back from Jaipur yesterday there were kits bags and stuff everywhere and I got impression they have spent most of the last couple of days packing...

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Lumbini in Photographs

Lumbini in Photographs

12 to 13 April 2009 Have finally got around to posted some pictures of Lumbini!  It was an interesting place to go and visit and see for ourselves what is there.  It's one of those place which when you asked people who've been "what's it like?, is it worth visiting?",...

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Flight to Lumbini

Flight to Lumbini

So a couple of weeks later than planned we were at Kathmandu airport waiting for the flight to Lumbini, famous for being the birthplace of Buddha.  And which airline did we fly on?  Buddha Air of course!  After an hour and a half delay our flight was called and we...

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A Beautiful Day in Kathmandu …

A Beautiful Day in Kathmandu …

We generally can't complain about the weather around here but on Friday morning we woke up to a particularly clear day.  This is the view from our roof top - yep, there are a few wires and ugly buildings in the way and it's taken on my phone but as I say, can't really...

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Kathmandu: Bungamati Break

Kathmandu: Bungamati Break

This weekend we had planned to go to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.  Determined to see a bit more of the country whilst we’re here we were all booked and set to go. We had literally just picked up the air tickets and were saying goodbye to Bijay when he said “hang...

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Trekking in Nepal: Helembu

Trekking in Nepal: Helembu

aka 'Marks Fourth Walk in Nepal' Entry number 36 18th March 2009 (drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and walk to Chisapani) It was only a one hour drive to the start point of my next journey, a week-long trek in an area known as Helembu. The early stages of the trek...

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Married to a Fruit?

Married to a Fruit?

Before I get any smart comments, some of you may say, yes I am!  But Mark aside, it's true: last night I went to celebrate a wedding party where the bride is 5 years old and the groom is a...

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A Chance Meeting

A Chance Meeting

This one's for my Mum and Dad really but for everyone else a bit of background ...  Once upon a time many, MANY years ago my Dad went to college to study to become an architect. One of his groovy jazz crowd friends became a good friend and was eventually Dad's best...

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Trekking in Nepal: (Almost) Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake

Trekking in Nepal: (Almost) Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake

aka 'Marks Third Walk in Nepal' Entry number 19 15th February 2009 (flight to Lukla and walk to Pakding) Started my longest trek this morning with a nice 5.15am wake up call and a salute from our security guard as I left for the airport (why don’t we still salute in...

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Happy Holi from Nepal

Happy Holi from Nepal

Today everyone is celebrating the festival of Holi in Nepal.  The festival lasts about 3 days; tomorrow is the big day in India but in Nepal it's today.  Holi hails the arrival of Spring and of course worships several gods.  Its celebrated by people throwing coloured...

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Back “Home”

Arriving back in Kathmandu from the UK the temperature is noticeably different from 3 weeks ago. A sign of how the temperature is likely to rise over the coming months! As with the UK, the days are also getting longer. On my first 6.45am departure from Barnet to...

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The Next Few Weeks …

The Next Few Weeks …

We are now both away for a few weeks. Kirsty has gone back to the UK to go to the office, see her family and most importantly pick up some Haribo sweets and Marmite for me! I am off to Everest tomorrow for what will be my most challenging trek to date, if only because...

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