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Taro of the Jungle

Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | Views [1615] | Comments [5]

Sauraha, gateway to the Royal Chitwan National Park lies about eighty kilometres south-west-west of Kathmandu as the kag flies. By road it's a six hour journey. If you add a couple of hours rafting on the Trisuli River, it's a full day's ... Read more >

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Avatars

Thursday, 30 Nov 2006 | Views [868]

Shakyamuni Buddha, he who was Prince Gautama, and Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, current King of Nepal, have more in common than just royal blood and birth within Nepali borders: both are seen by Hindus as being incarnations of Vishnu. Avatar or ... Read more >

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When Snacks Attack

Saturday, 18 Nov 2006 | Views [974]

I seem to be on the "Eat Whatever the Hell You Feel Like Diet" and it's not appearing to be doing me major harm. An essential part of this diet is the ingestion of a balanced quantity of junk food. Two classes of this might, perhaps, ... Read more >

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Language and Culture

Wednesday, 15 Nov 2006 | Views [2119] | Comments [1]

One advantage of trekking with my guide Shyam was that I could pick up a little - and I do mean a little - Nepali while on trail, thus putting my 8 year Linguistics degree to some minor use (well, we also had a brief Tibetan lesson in Lhasa, but ... Read more >

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Those Two Certainties

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2006 | Views [910]

It was time to get my pre-trip shots, and my doctor had spent quite a lot of time in Nepal [she has credits for the Health section in a few Lonely Planets, but not, ironically, the Nepal 6th edition, which is what I have]. October or November? ... Read more >

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Annapurna Sanctuary

Monday, 13 Nov 2006 | Views [1751]

Zero "I'm not going to pay someone ten dollars per day to walk in front of me", said my neighbour Sandrine. She lives in a mountainous region in France, and is to the fact au fait with trekking and orienteering. I don't know how ... Read more >

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Tibet: Art, Religion, Politics

Sunday, 5 Nov 2006 | Views [2240] | Comments [1]

Sacred Art Buddhism has a large cosmology, with its six realms (inhabited by humans, animals, demons, hungry ghosts, demi-gods, and gods), buddhas (past, present, and future) and boddhisatvas, though whether they're viewed as genuine entities, ... Read more >

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Happy New Year

Thursday, 26 Oct 2006 | Views [775]

I'm the last of our little group of passengers left in Kathmandu, Col and Jaap having both flown off to Thailand this morning, and I'm sitting in an Internet cafe just off Jochne, better known as "Freak Street". Freak Street, which runs ... Read more >

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