Monthly Archives: July 2012

Toilets: Nepal Edition

Nepal is similar to India in many ways… but poorer, with fewer natural resources and a more fragmented government. That doesn’t bode well for toilets. However, as your dedicated reporter on the bathroom beat, I fearlessly peered behind closed doors. … Continue reading

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Everest Extra: Dog vs. Donkeys

There are stray dogs all over Nepal. They lounge around like they own the place. But when a dozen donkeys carrying heavy supplies come barreling down the street, the dogs have to give way. Don’t they?

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Everest Extra: The Food

We’re miles from anywhere, the rocky Everest trail stretching out in front of us (and behind us). We’re hot… and cold… and achy… and sleepy. We have only what we carried in, plus what arrived on an animal’s back or a … Continue reading

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Everest Extra: The Toughest Job on the Trail

In the past couple months, we’ve seen people carrying lunches, firewood, and even file cabinets on their heads. But we’ve never tried it ourselves. Until now.

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Everest, Part 4: The Return

We have beheld the Roof of the World, but our journey isn’t over yet.

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Everest, Part 3: Roof of the World

  We’ve made it this far, despite dizzying altitude and oppressive cold. It’s time to push toward Tengboche Monastery and hope for a glimpse of the tallest peak in the world.  

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Everest, Part 2: To The Himalayas

After a successful landing at the world’s most dangerous airport, it’s time to hit the Everest trail.

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Everest, Part 1: The Most Dangerous Airport in the World

In Nepal, Mt. Everest stares out at you from every bookstore and postcard shop- there’s even an Everest brand of beer (we prefer Gorkha). Perhaps it was inevitable that we would catch a bit of Everest Fever ourselves. The first … Continue reading

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Strike Up The Banda

As we enjoyed a few lazy days inside The Bubble, political turmoil manifested itself outside. This sort of street-closing, life-disrupting protest, known as a banda or bandh, is surprisingly common throughout Nepal. Political cartoons poke fun at the local fondness … Continue reading

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Leila’s World

One of our favorite things about spending time in The Bubble was getting to know four-year-old Leila. This is one worldly kid. She has hiked in the Himalayas. When she’s told that she’ll be trying a Korean dish called bibimbap … Continue reading

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