Post-Trek Relaxation and Goodbyes

At the end of our trek, we arrived in Pokhara, the lakeside town that caters to trekkers of all budgets and their need to relax (or jump off mountains strapped to parachutes if that is your thing). We opted for the relaxation, and managed to score three rooms at Hotel Nirvana where Rob and I had…

Exploring Patan, Kathmandu

Before Nim left us to go back to the UK, we made sure we had a second trip to Patan for her to spend some more time with friends there, and for the us all to explore the historical area of the Kathmandu Valley’s other city. We followed the Lonely Planet’s ‘backstreets of Patan’ tour,…

Walking from Kopan to Boudha

Ever since a doctor recommended I try meditation to reduce stress, after a rubbish year of health, I’ve been practising meditation, following the Tibetan teachings at my local FPMT school. It worked: that was over six years ago and my health has been pretty amazing, largely due to the fact that I just don’t allow myself…

Kathamandu: Adventures with Sazzle

The adventure continues and Sarah has arrived to join in with the touristing (and eating and sweating). So far we have attended two yoga classes (one of which was not actual yoga, but just some bloke telling us to relax while he made up the next position, air-cycling), two meditations sessions, eaten approximately 400 momos…

Swayambhunath: A Monkey Touches Rob

In the last week we have been a little bit ill (taking it in turns) and busy exploring, eating and doing touristy things. We took Nim to Syambhunath to see the monkeys and the views over the Kathmandu Valley, which were just as impressive as we remembered. The walk was hot and tiring but the monkeys…