What is the definition of home? (2015 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 »

Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest by Mark Horrell: book review

Published in: Reviews | November 27th, 2015
Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest Cover

A hillwalkers ten year journey to climb Mount Everest There’s something wonderfully apt about reading a book largely based around the country you’re currently traveling in. Likewise there’s something addictive about the pinnacle of mountaineering that is the summit of Mount Everest. Who hasn’t thought about climbing Everest at least once in their lives? I’ve known Mark… Continue reading more »

Bhai Tika: Day five of Tihar in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | November 20th, 2015
Bhai Tika Puja in Nepal

Bhai Tika in Nepal Day Five of the Tihar festival in Nepal is when brothers and sisters bless each other. Bhai in Nepalese means (younger brother). The elder sister will bless her younger brother, present him with a food offering in thanks for his protection during the year. In turn the brother will then bless his sister… Continue reading more »

Mha Puja: Day four of Tihar in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | November 19th, 2015
Sambat in Kathmandu

Mha Puja, Gobardhan Puja, OX festival and Newar New year! Day Four of the Tihar festival in Nepal is when things get a little complicated. Essentially it’s the Ox festival, a celebration of oneself and when children come out in the evening asking, singing and dancing for money. Lights and rangoli are still lit up again around the streets. The… Continue reading more »

The Cow festival: Day three of Tihar in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | November 18th, 2015
Cow covered in garlands in the Tihar festival in Nepal Tihar in Kathmandu

The Cow Festival or Gai Puja & Laxmi Puja Day Three of the Tihar festival in Nepal is when things really kick off. It’s a day of multiple celebrations. It’s important to note that this is when traditions differ slightly. Hindus and Newar sometimes celebrate the cow festival on different days. The ox is often mixed up in all this… Continue reading more »

The Dog festival: Day two of Tihar in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | November 17th, 2015
Dog Festival Tihar in Kathmandu

The Dog Festival or Kukur Tihar Day two of the Tihar festival in Nepal is much more colorful than the crow festival. It’s the celebration of “man’s best friend” the dog. Known as Kukur Tihar (Nepalese) or Khichā Pujā (Newar) it’s celebrated all over the country by both Hindus, Newars and tourists alike. Why celebrate… Continue reading more »

The Crow festival: Day one of Tihar Festival in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | November 16th, 2015
Crows during Tihar

Tihar in Nepal is a festival of crows, dogs, cows, people and light Last week was the second largest festival in Nepal, Tihar (the largest is Shivaratri). Also known as Deepwali (India) or Swanti (Newar). It is an incredible festival of color, animals, lights and people. Over the next five days I will recreate the… Continue reading more »

The Fourth Kumari – last treasure of Bungamati

Published in: Nepal | November 4th, 2015
Kinjal Bajracharya, Kumari of Bungamati

The Fourth Kumari While many people have heard of the Kumari Living Goddess in Nepal, few more know that there are three main Kumaris in the Kathmandu Valley. Located in Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur and in Patan. What many people may not know about the Kumari culture is that there is a fourth, main, Kumari. The… Continue reading more »

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