What is the definition of home? (2016 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 »

Elephant tourism in Nepal: is it different?

Published in: Nepal | February 10th, 2016
Elephants and park rangers work together in Chitwan Nepal

Is ethical elephant tourism different in Nepal compared to Thailand? Yes, is the honest answer. But that still doesn’t make it right. Then again, without this form of elephant tourism Nepal wouldn’t have any elephants in the wild, or rhinos or tigers or possibly any forest. While Thailand is making world headlines for its long running… Continue reading more »

The Latest Guidebook to Pokhara

Published in: Nepal | January 27th, 2016
Pokhara guidebook cover

The most updated and detailed guidebook to Pokhara, anywhere! The first of my second edition guidebooks for Nepal has just been published. This 2016 edition marks the continued success of my guidebook collection which offer more detail, practical advice, reviews and maps than you’ll find anywhere else. Nepal is a very different country to Thailand or Spain… Continue reading more »

Where to buy tea in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | January 20th, 2016
Tea in Nepal

Discovering great tea was hard until I met the tea connoisseur of Kathmandu I never really understood why so many people liked tea. The whole world seemed to like it and I was always the odd the one out. To me tea always came in a little soggy bag and never quite had the punch of an… Continue reading more »

The disappearing temples of Pokhara

Published in: Nepal | January 6th, 2016
Old Bazaar Pokhara

Did you know that there are dozens of temples in Pokhara? Very few people explore Pokhara beyond the popular Lakeside area. It’s not hard to imagine why either as very little “old” culture is ever promoted there. An unfortunate result of big resort hotels and adventure activities outshining the past. Back in the mid 17th century… Continue reading more »

Saving the temples of Nepal with Digital Archaeology

Published in: Nepal | December 16th, 2015
Kathesimbhu Stupa in 3D

Digital Archaeology: saving the past for the future in Nepal Digital acquisitions enable us to capture the surface of an object in 3D along with its visual properties. These digital images collectively reform temples, monuments, shrines and artifacts into three-dimensional representations of geometric data. This includes not only structural modules but also textures, tones and in some cases… Continue reading more »

Nepal’s temples still lie in ruins

Published in: Nepal | December 9th, 2015
King Mall Column ruins Kathmandu Durbar Square

Nepal’s unique cultural history is becoming a distant afterthought Following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal a huge humanitarian effort took place. Although over 9000 people lost their lives and thousands more were made homeless, a massive international program brought aid to the country. Priorities were in the right place. Amazingly as people looked to help… 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 »