The rising cost of entry fees into heritage sites in Nepal

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Bhaktapur entrance and ticket prices

Should you pay an inflated entrance fee to a tourist area? You head down to Kathmandu’s Durbar square. The most famous heritage area among this old city’s long list of cultural charms. Old Newari buildings stand beside red bricked temples, a palace, a goddess’ house, a few places of worship and a giant public courtyard that’s an… Continue reading more »

Kathmandu Durbar Square at Dawn: part 2 – a morning of light & life

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Beggar lady at dawn on a temple in Durba Square Nepal

Sunshine brings life to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square Durbar Square exploded into a brilliant warm red beacon of life as the sun finally spread its warmth and light over the surrounding buildings. The air is still cold and unless you are lucky to be standing in the sun’s rays it’s like waiting for a giant swivel… Continue reading more »

Kathmandu Durbar Square at dawn: part 1 – a black & white world

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Durbar Square Kathmandu at dawn

Dawn in Kathmandu still contains the linger of a different night The air is still filled with the night fires that burned throughout the old city. Heat, food and light are scarce during the dark hours of this ancient capital. Smoke still hangs thick in the entrapment of Kathmandu valley. With clenched teeth I throw… Continue reading more »

What is it like to return to a country and travel it again? – Nepal

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Stupa in downtown Kathmandu

Expectations of traveling back to Nepal There’s a lot to be said about leaving good memories in the past. Going back to relive them rarely, if ever, measures up. So what should you do when you go back to a country that had just so many of these good memories? For me my guesthouse in Nepal is… Continue reading more »

How to survive arriving into Kathmandu, Nepal for the first time

Monday, January 16th, 2012
Flying into Nepal

Back by popular demand … (Updated for 2017) It seems returning to country is more popular than I thought. I received an email from a Nepalese person asking if I could tell them what it was really like to step right off the plane and into Nepal. I also received a similar request to write-up my thoughts for a national… Continue reading more »

Climbing the minaret of Sabah State Mosque

Monday, November 28th, 2011
Interior of Sabah state mosques dome in HDR

Visiting Sabah state mosque in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Surely the State mosque of Kota Kinabalu would be easier to find than a Kota Kinabalu’s city mosque? A grouchy bus driver could not get the concept I wanted to visit the state mosque at all. It involved some references to Allah and some gentle persuasion from… Continue reading more »

National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur: pink robes and comparisons

Monday, August 1st, 2011
The National Mosque of Malaysia

The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I enjoy visiting Mosques. And, while half the world instantly seems to seize up at the notion that someone would actually like to visit a mosque. I don’t visit for religious reasons. I visit because architecturally, they are, usually, quite beautiful buildings. Will the National Mosque in Kuala… Continue reading more »