Category Archives: Nepal

My Month at Mango Tree, Part 2: The Food, the Friends, the Fun

First things first: I forgot to include a link to Mango Tree Eco-Resort’s web page in my last post.  If you’re interested in paying them a visit – whether it’s just to soak up the beautiful scenery there in the … Continue reading

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My Month at Mango Tree, Part 1: The Place, The Work

Every once in a while the stars and visa regulations come into alignment and I get the chance to park myself for a nice solid chunk of time at the farm or eco-project of my choosing.  It last happened in … Continue reading

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Nepal: Snippets, Tidbits, Fragments, Stats

“What is your country, sir?”  “I’m from the USA.”  “Oh yes, the USA.  Very good country.  Your country is free sex, no?” Such were the opening lines of my first interaction with a police officer. “Bananas!  Feed my body!  MINERALS!” … Continue reading

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Nepalese Food: Life is Like a Plate of Dal Baat

Filling one’s belly in north India requires a bit of memorization.  Was that thing I had last night Chana Masala or Navratna (still can’t spell that word) Korma?  Biryani or Pulao? Malai kofta or veg kofta? Muttar aloo or aloo … Continue reading

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Feet in the Snow, Head in the Stars: Bikepacking the Annapurna Circuit

  Breathlessness comes in numerous forms.  There’s the kind I’ve experienced hundreds of times on this trip, where something about the scenery saps the air out of my lungs and the power out of my legs; I stop pedalling and … Continue reading

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Durga Puja: Just Like Thanksgiving, Except with Goat Sacrifices

See that scary ten-armed lady there?  The one wielding a spear, a serpent, and a pet lion, using them all simultaneously to maul an evil buffalo and dismember and perforate that pair of dark-skinned demons?  That’s DURGA, the goddess of … Continue reading

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Xmas@17,598 Feet (AKA The Everest Post)

AAKA “Happy to Have Done It, Happier to Be Done with It.”   Now, from the comfort of a hotel room some fifteen thousand feet closer to sea level, it doesn’t feel too ridiculous for me to say it: writing … Continue reading

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