How to bargain and barter in Kathmandu Nepal

Souvenir statue of Buddha in Kathmandu

Bargaining and bartering is a way of life in Kathmandu and Nepal (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); If you don’t like to bargain or barter and are planning to visit Nepal then good luck to you. Indeed there are many other places in the world where fixed pricing is not common. Indeed the art of …

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The gullible truth about solar power in Nepal

Solar panels in Nepal reflecting sunlight

Solar power in Nepal is everywhere I noticed it the first time I came to Nepal. Sitting in a winters lounge my first morning I grumbled about there being no hot water for a shower. “Hot water in the afternoon sir,” said an apologetic hotel manager. “We have solar power here. It heats up during …

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A Life Less Innocent: Street Children in Kathmandu, Nepal

Boy huffing shoe glue (Rugby) on the Streets of Kathmandu Nepal

(Warning: This article about Street Children in Kathmandu contains images & text of an adult/mature nature – If you are easily offended with this reality, please move on) The Street Children in Kathmandu, Nepal Look into a child’s eyes and you are sure to see a sweet innocence that makes us all smile and want …

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Do you ‘like” my style of Independent travel to Sepilok?

Packing up a shop in Malaysia

The horror of of actually reading something about independent travel in Sabah 400 ringgit (USD$125) for a day trip to see Orangutans?! I shuddered while turning more pages in the hostel’s well-worn photo album style brochure. The cheapest thing they had was a 190 ringgit river boat cruise. Also known as, “lots of water, with nothing to see”. …

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The slums of Kota Kinabalu – Part 2 – bad boys, old men & a caring mother

Young girl in the slums

Problems in the slums of Kota Kinabalu The ax man cometh (part 1 of the slums of Kota Kinabalu) Faced with an ax wielding teenager, three of his friends and an excitable drunk behind me; I stood my ground.  Getting excited or angry does not work in situations like this. I still wasn’t sure whether …

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Nepal in 2011: abused, raped, plundered & forgotten

Old monk leaning out a window in Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal is one of the few countries I have hope for It’s a country like no other I’ve visited. A cross between old and new. Centuries old cities mixed with new society and a blend of otherworldly qualities. On the outside it’s a great place to travel, hike, find solace, enjoy, experience. Stay a little longer, see beyond …

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Sitting with homeless people in Kota Kinabalu

Violin Player on the streets of Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

Tourism vs reality in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia It took me a while to figure something out I walked the streets of Kota Kinabalu. The tourist office denied the existence of the homeless anywhere in the city. It’s not in their training to deal with some asking about this. They only point out touristy thing they …

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