Ghanaians heaving a fishing boat onto a beach

Published in: Africa - the missing years | December 16th, 2016
Ghanaians heaving a fishing boat onto a beach

Gold coast fishermen bringing a boat back The Gold Coast in todays Ghana in West Africa was first colonized by the Portuguese in 1482 and known as the Portuguese Gold Coast. In 1642 it became the Dutch Gold Coast and in 1871 it became the British Gold Coast. In 1957 the Gold Coast was given independence as part of… Continue reading more »

Masked man during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival Malaysia

Published in: Malaysia | December 15th, 2016
Masked man during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival Malaysia

The Colorful Nine Emperor Gods Festival The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a Taoist event held annually in China , Myanmar, Malaysia, Southern Vietnam, Thailand and also Indonesia around September. They are the nine sons manifested by Emperor Zhou Yu Dou Fu Yuan Jun and are a complicated lot.  Taoism itself forbid the worship of… Continue reading more »

MissingTrekker.com is launched

Published in: Nepal | December 8th, 2016
MissingTrekker.com Website

A central place to post information on a missing trekker in Nepal I’ve just launched MissingTrekker.com. It’s still in its infancy but I believe there’s a need for a central place where friends and family members of missing trekkers can get help. On the site people can post information, photographs, maps and more details about… Continue reading more »

Discover the secrets around Swayambhunath Monkey Temple

Published in: Nepal | December 2nd, 2016
Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, Nepal

The unique and iconic Swayambhunath stupa Just under two kilometers west of Thamel perched on top of a hill is one of the must see highlights of Kathmandu city. Swayambhunath or Swayambhu is a unique looking stupa complex that you’ll briefly see in the latest Marvel movie Dr. Strange.  It benefited from a recent renovation in 2010,… Continue reading more »

Why can’t Nepal get festivals right?

Published in: Nepal | November 16th, 2016
Kumari during Indra Jatra in Nepal

Confusion about Nepali festival dates, names, religions and disorganization In most countries with a high number of tourists and where tourism is a primary source of national income, festivals are a huge beneficial attraction. Nepal is known for having more festivals and public holidays than most other countries in the world. Moreover, the festivals are… Continue reading more »

Chhath: ancient worship of the sun festival

Published in: Nepal | November 2nd, 2016
Chhath Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

Chhath in Nepal Chhath is the ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya and Chhathi Maiya. It’s a rare occasion to witness its followers give thanks to the sun god for providing light that sustains the earth and also giving wishes. The rituals involved in Chhath for devotees are quite rigorous and take… Continue reading more »

Thimi: the forgotten heritage town in Kathmandu

Published in: Nepal | October 19th, 2016
Siddhikali Temple in Thimi, Nepal

The “middle place” in Kathmandu known as Thimi Thimi or Madhyapur, as it was once called and wants to be known as again, is a small township sandwiched between Kathmandu city and Bhaktapur. Ironically Madhyapur means “Middle place”. Thimi used to be the fourth largest city in the Kathmandu Valley but was basically squashed out of… Continue reading more »