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Plains with an altitude of 3800 meters

Horse riders competing to reach a scarf on the ground, Muktinath, Nepal

Horse riders competing to reach a scarf on the ground, Muktinath, Nepal

 

Today, standing at the height of 3800 meters, I felt like being in the steppes of Mongolia. Horses all aroud, the riders racing and doing stunts in style of "pick up the scarf from the ground".

That was the least thing I expected to see being in the mountains, and that's exactly why I was so glad.  READ MORE »

Late flight, perfect mood

Buddhist lama in a procession visiting Muktinath, Nepal

Buddhist lama in a procession visiting Muktinath, Nepal

 

We did not prepare much for our trip, we did not set strict schedules nor book hotels in advance. That can sound irresponsible if sitting in the office and planning a week long vacation, but during long travels this is how it works. You just arrive and decide about everything on spot, according to circumstances.

Makes life much easier and prevents from overexerting.  READ MORE »

Clean air and clean mind

Mountains, rocks and sky in the riverbed of Kali Gandaki, near Jomsom, Nepal

Mountains, rocks and sky in the riverbed of Kali Gandaki, near Jomsom, Nepal

 

Already the first day on the Annapurna Circuit in town of Jomsom proved our questionable decision to do it during monsoon season was right.

Landscape, cleansed from artificial structures, cars, people and dirt was a song to our souls.  READ MORE »

Street electrician with a university degree

Electrician having a hard time finding the correct wires, Pokhara, Nepal

Electrician having a hard time finding the correct wires, Pokhara, Nepal

 

Microelectronics engineer working in a high tech lab at Intel is nothing in comparison to this simple electrician employed to sort out the mess on streets of Pokhara.  READ MORE »

Comfort of adaptation and adapting to comfort

Cows lying around on the street of  Pokhara, Nepal

Cows lying around on the street of Pokhara, Nepal

 

Human mind is very quick to adapt. It is only two weeks that I'm seeing cows and bulls literally living on the streets of Nepal's cities. I am used to it already, and do not wonder as I did during the first few days.

It is positive in this case, but not at all when one gets used to the good things in life.  READ MORE »

Religious yeti

Fake yeti - an inhabitant of mountaineering museum in Pokhara, Nepal

Fake yeti - an inhabitant of mountaineering museum in Pokhara, Nepal

 

Manking is expanding with a horrendous speed on planet Earth. There are not so many places left that the civilization has not reached yet. Therefore it is always surprising to find out that scientists still manage to discover some new species from time to time.  READ MORE »

Hold my hand, friend

Men holding hands on streets of Baglung, Nepal

Men holding hands on streets of Baglung, Nepal

 

Public display of affection is considered impolite in Nepal. It includes the opposite sexes holding hands.

However, it does not mean that members of the same sex can't hold their hands. Quite contrary, it is perfectly normal for two Nepali men to walk the streets with their hands intertwined. It absolutely does not mean that they are gay.  READ MORE »

Conditional relativity

Farmers resting during a heat of the day near Baglung, Nepal

Farmers resting during a heat of the day near Baglung, Nepal

 

Some employers do not care about the employees' working conditions, some do.

Part of those who do are just good people, the bigger part believes that the employees will work longer hours and do more job faster if the office is cozy and convenient.  READ MORE »

Bazaarean absence

Keeper of fruit and vegetable shop near Baglung, Nepal

Keeper of fruit and vegetable shop near Baglung, Nepal

 

Strangely, we did not yet encounter a single bazaar in Nepal. Only small, specialized shops all over the streets. I wonder if that is an influence of Indian enterpreneurship.  READ MORE »

Lady porters

Young Nepali lady carrying full basket up the hill near Baglung, Nepal

Young Nepali lady carrying full basket up the hill near Baglung, Nepal

 

A traditional way of Nepali porters to carry cargo is to strap one end of looped belt onto the box or basket, another - over the top of their head. No backpacks.

I could barely lift the pannier that this girl was hauling up the hill.  READ MORE »

Scale of comparison expanded

Nepali trekking guide waiting for slow Westerners near Baglung, Nepal

Nepali trekking guide waiting for slow Westerners near Baglung, Nepal

 

A day trip with Yogendra to the hills surrounding the town of Baglung, revealed a few cultural and physical differences:  READ MORE »

Hindu way of saying hello

Elderly Nepali lady greeting passersby with a Namaskar gesture

Elderly Nepali lady greeting passersby with a Namaskar gesture

 

A traditional Hindu "Namaskar" gesture, when hands are joined together at chest level, is a greeting and a sign of respect.
Namaskar is easily distinguishable from similar Buddhist greeting, as the latter additionally includes a noticeable head bow.  READ MORE »

Towering Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri mountain towering above the buildings of Baglung, Nepal

Dhaulagiri mountain towering above the buildings of Baglung, Nepal

 

Seeing Himalayas for the first time, took my breath away.

I am used to plains of Lithuania. Our highest mountain is 293 meters, still it is impossible to find it, as all the area is of a similar elevation.

Skiing in Austria broadens the vertical horizons up to around three kilometers.  READ MORE »

Nepali desecuritisation

Armed police running with arms on streets of Kathmandu, Nepal

Armed police running with arms on streets of Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Armed troops is an uncommon sight in Nepal nowadays. Maoists and "conventional" Nepalese political parties, reaching the phase two of peace process, agreed to limit the appearance of arms to territory of barracks in January 2007, and allowed UN to control it to some extent.  READ MORE »

Sadhu models

Wandering holy Hinduist man - a "sadhu" in Pashupatinath temple near Kathmandu, Nepal

Wandering holy Hinduist man - a "sadhu" in Pashupatinath temple near Kathmandu, Nepal

If Myanmar was quite a different experience from the countries we visited so far, Nepal takes it to different heights. Sight of sadhu (Hindu holy wandering man) alone makes you think you're on a different planet.  READ MORE »

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