What is the definition of home? (2014 edition)

Published in: How to live overseas |
house in romania

Defining “home” This is not an easy thing to write. By its very subjective and relative nature such a definition cannot be captured in one short article. A book might do it. But I would imagine it would equally be condemned by the majority of its readership for being one-sided or at the very least for unbalanced impartial… Continue reading more »

Blizzard Kills Trekkers on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal: updated

Published in: Nepal | October 16th, 2014
Thorong La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit Nepal

Trekkers die on the way down from Thorong La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit The past 24 hours has had tragic news coming out of Nepal. 20 30 39 trekkers have so far been reported dead in an unexpected blizzard that hit the popular Annapurna mountain range on Tuesday. I’ve been in constant with people I know… Continue reading more »

Is it safe to travel to The Philippines?

Published in: Philippines | October 13th, 2014
Sunset in The Philippines

News of murders and kidnappings puts people off visiting the Philippines As someone who has spent a lot of time in The Philippines I feel it’s important that readers here know of recent events on the island nation. The vicious murders of two tourists in Thailand in September has put a lot of focus on both the… Continue reading more »

How to use a food court in Thailand

Published in: Thailand | October 1st, 2014
MBK Food Court

Is a Thai food court your best option to first experience Thai food? You arrive into Thailand full of excitement at the multitude of wonders it holds. From dazzling temples to world renown shopping centers Bangkok it seems to have it all. What’s more Thailand has a great reputation for food that you can’t wait… Continue reading more »

Tips on how to leave from Kathmandu airport

Published in: Nepal | September 17th, 2014
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Surely it’s not that hard to leave Nepal? If you read my article/help guide on how to survive arriving into Kathmandu airport and did indeed survive you might think leaving would be easy. I don’t blame you. So did I. More than once. The answer is of course it’s a lot harder to fly out… Continue reading more »

How Patan got its name Lalitpur “The Beautiful City”

Published in: Nepal | September 3rd, 2014
Patan "Lalitpur" Durbar Square during sunset, Nepal

Patan is one of Kathmandu valleys greatest and oldest cities to visit. It’s also known as Lalitpur which translated means “Beautiful city” – there’s a good reason for this. Patan is a city filled with artisans, craftsmen and designers. It’s with this in mind that we can enjoy uncovering one of Patan’s oldest enigmas. A… Continue reading more »

From living goddess to former Kumari & schoolgirl

Published in: Nepal | August 20th, 2014
ari Samita Bajracharya,with a photograph of her when she was a goddess, Nepal

A return visit to my Living Goddess friend If you’ve not read about my previous visits to the Kumari living goddess in Nepal I encourage you to do so before reading here. It’s a fascinating journey that will take you from my initial search right up to becoming friends with the Kumari and her family.… Continue reading more »

All the sections of a Stupa (Boudhanath) named

Published in: Nepal | July 30th, 2014
All the parts of Boudhanath Stupa named

The “great stupa” in Boudhanath is one of the most important stupas in the world One of the guide book exlusions that always irked me was the lack of simple information telling me what each part of this great stupa was called. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my own guide to Boudhanath. It’s… Continue reading more »