A day in Asia

Rainy wrecks, I mean treks

Bar by relaxing riverside of Rapti river, Sauraha, Nepal

Bar by relaxing riverside of Rapti river, Sauraha, Nepal

 

Arriving to Chitwan National Park in the south of Nepal during monsoon, consequently - low season, we expected few tourists and throngs of mosquitoes.

Bearing in mind that some of the biting beasts carry a lifetime present of malaria, we at last managed to wake up out of half year's lazy "no anti mosquito prophylaxis" slumber and properly protect ourselves with a repellent. Either it was effective, or there were not much mosquitoes around, in any case we stayed there practically unbothered by the itchy bites.  READ MORE »

From birds to rhinos

Small bird sitting on wires in Pokhara, Nepal

Small bird sitting on wires in Pokhara, Nepal

 

Like this small bird, we are sitting in dull and rainy Pokhara for a week already, during the monsoon. It's good to take a rest after the intensive period for "digesting" the impressions, but it feels even better to venture off to a new adventure.  READ MORE »

Swastika symbolism

Gate with a pseudo swastika on it, Pokhara, Nepal

Gate with a pseudo swastika on it, Pokhara, Nepal

 

We were drivig with a bicycle towards a hotel after a long day of sightseeing, and spotted a gate, decorated with, well, quite infamous symbols.

We naturally went in to look what's happening. I'll tell you later, but but guess first.
Choose one of the options below and write it in the comments.  READ MORE »

Thank you, Mr. Ripa Rai

Portret of Nepali waiter, Pokhara, Nepal

Portret of Nepali waiter, Pokhara, Nepal

 

Mr. Ripa Rai works as a waiter in Pokhara steak house.

Apart from having a priviledge of being serviced by him on a highest level, I also owe him a huge gratitude for returning my passport, credit cards, ID card, driver's licence etc., which I forgot in a restaurant after the dinner.  READ MORE »

Rocky expectations crushed

Lone flower living in a field of crops, Nepal

Lone flower living in a field of crops, Nepal

 

Departing to Nepal, I imagined to see grey rocks and more rocks and then some.

Arriving here I see a diversity of plants, birds, and even wild monkeys for the first time in Asia.
The land, even though not so colorful at heights more than 3000 meters in the northern part, is very green and thriving otherwise. And we still haven't been to the tropical Terai part.  READ MORE »

Riddle me this — no beef for Hindu, but perfect steak in Pokhara, Nepal

Juicy pepper beef steak waiting on the table of Pokhara steak house, Nepal

Juicy pepper beef steak waiting on the table of Pokhara steak house, Nepal

 

Some are driven forward by a desire to conquer a mountain, prove the capacity to someone or himself.
Yesterday we have finished a three day trek through tracks and paths of lower Mustang region, on the base of Himalayas.  READ MORE »

So you think your job is tough?

Nepali porter carrying a huge cistern up the hill, near Tiplyang, Nepal

Nepali porter carrying a huge cistern up the hill, near Tiplyang, Nepal

 

I have said it before, I will say it again.

Next time I'll think my job is difficult and tiring, I'll force myself to reconsider.  READ MORE »

Landslides and business meetings

Landslide closing the road near Tatopani, Nepal

Landslide closing the road near Tatopani, Nepal

 

Seeing the road closed off by a landslide, I started looking at things differently. One thing is to watch a program on a Discovery channel, another - trying to cross the pile of rocks obstructing the way as quickly as possible, in order to not get hit by one more of them falling down on the head from above.  READ MORE »

Mountains, not words

Lonely tree overwhelmed by a Himalayan mountain near Kobang, Nepal

Lonely tree overwhelmed by a Himalayan mountain near Kobang, Nepal

 

Himalayas do not need, nor can they be described by words.  READ MORE »

Solving the unsolvable

Cozy courtyard of a lodge in Tukuche, Nepal

Cozy courtyard of a lodge in Tukuche, Nepal

 

Continuing the Annapurna circuit trek, I had time to think about supply and demand.

Not being an economist, I saw a few simple conditions for my questions.

There are three towns:  READ MORE »

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 »

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