16/6/17: India Part 3: Jaipur to the End

  Well, it has been a long time, hasn't it? My last post was almost a month ago, and here I am, sitting at home in England typing away again. My surroundings could not be more different than they were. It's cold here, of course, and greener than I could have possibly remembered. But I'm … Continue reading 16/6/17: India Part 3: Jaipur to the End

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19/5/17: India Part 2: Varanasi and Agra

I arrived in Varanasi at ten am on the morning of the 12th. Unlike the last time, my train journey went exactly as planned; it left Gaya on time and it sidled into Varanasi Junction station on time. Unfortunately, I hadn't slept (due to the aftermath of a very dodgy lassi two days before) and … Continue reading 19/5/17: India Part 2: Varanasi and Agra

30/4/17: Kathmandu and Bhaktapur 

After seven weeks, I'm finally I'll. Delhi-belly has landed (or whatever the Nepali equivalent is) and I feel rough. I hope it's Delhi-belly anyway. I've still got two full days in Kathmandu before I fly for it to pass - and if not, I've got enough immodium to plug up a brown bear for the … Continue reading 30/4/17: Kathmandu and Bhaktapur 

Teaching in Nepal

Volunteering is a very large industry in Nepal. Whilst staying in backpacker hostels, you will easily lose count of the numbers of fellow travellers who either have been or will be engaged in some kind of voluntary work. And of the various types of volunteering (or 'voluntourism') on offer, one of the most common by … Continue reading Teaching in Nepal

24/4/17: Besisahar

After a crawling, seven hour public bus ride through the Himalayas from Besisahar, I'm back in Kathmandu again. Nothing seems to have changed in the last six weeks. There's the same dust, the same noise, the same bustle. But this post isn't about Kathmandu - I think I've covered this city well enough already. I'll … Continue reading 24/4/17: Besisahar

14/4/17: Lakeside Living

It's my last day in Pokhara. Tomorrow, I'll be taking the bus (at 6:30am...) to Besisahar, where I'm hoping to stay for around five days. The real travelling is just beginning. Up until now, I've become very well settled in to Pokhara and life here. It's easy when you're only staying in one city for … Continue reading 14/4/17: Lakeside Living

11/4/17: Looking back on the monastery 

It's been a while since my last post, and previous week feels like a whole world away. I've been staying in a backpacker hostel called Kiwi Backpackers near Lakeside in Pokhara. It's great here - full of other travellers passing through, organising things to see and do, going out in the evenings. But it feels … Continue reading 11/4/17: Looking back on the monastery 

6/4/17: Thunder and Hiking

I'm writing this in the dark. There's been another thunderstorm this evening, and the power went out all over the monastery at around 6 pm. We ate ineithout any lights, using random phone torches to see our food, as the lightning flashed outside the windows.  These thunderstorms have been becoming increasingly common over the last … Continue reading 6/4/17: Thunder and Hiking