Leeuwenhoek had stolen and peeped into the fantastic sub-visible world of little things, creatures that had lived, had bred, had battled, had died, completely hidden from and unknown to all men from the beginning of time. Beasts these were of a kind that ravaged and annihilated whole races of men ten million times larger than they were themselves. Beings these were, more terrible than fire-spitting dragons or hydra-headed monsters. They were silent assassins that murdered babies in warm cradles and kings in sheltered places. It was this invisible, insignificant, but implacable-and sometimes friendly- world Leeuwenhoek had looked into for the first time of all men of all countries. ~Microbe Hunters

Thursday, 17 April 2014

M is for Mount Everest in May, N is for National Parks, O is for Orange Peoke

M is for Mount Everest in May

May is the month which many climbers attempt to summit Mount Everest. It is said to have the least number of days with drastic weather changes and most, if not all, passage ways to the summit are open during the spring. The end of May brings Monsoon season, where the rainy weather forces many bridges and mountain sides to become dangerous.

N is for National Parks

There are many natural preservations in Nepal. Many of these parks require special permits and recognition to hike in, and if you are caught without said documentation, you could be charged. Guide companies know all the required representation for National Parks, so it would be advisable to visit a National Park with their assistance.

O is for Orange Peoke

Orange Peoke is the number one tea which is drank by Nepali people in Nepal. Different harvest times of the tea leaves results in different tastes throughout the year, and because it is native to the area, it is always a great thing to have a cup of fresh tea after a long day's hike.


Monday, 14 April 2014

J is for Japanese Encephalitis, K is for Kathmandu, L is for Lumbini

J is for Japanese Encephalitis

This mosquito-borne illness is essentially swelling in the brain. Before traveling to Nepal, it is advisable to receive the vaccination prior to prolonged stays in the southern Terai Region, or Kathmandu Valley during the Monsoon season.

K is for Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It is usually the start for many travelers as it is the location of one of 2 International Airports. Surrounded by the mountains around the base of the Himalayas, it is common to trek around Kathmandu Valley, especially if only looking for a short, easy trek.

L is for Lumbini

The birthplace of Buddha. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists to see the birthplace of Siddhartha, aka Buddha. Essentially, Buddha was Hindu, who famously sat under the Bodhi tree and meditated for 49 days before achieving "enlightenment" and becoming the founder of Buddhism. That's about all I know about Buddhism from a grade 11 World Religions class. Any place which is sacred to a prominent religious group would be super "worldly" to experience.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

G is for Gorakshep, H is for Holi, I is for Itineraries

G is for Gorakshep

The night before the final leg up to Everest Base Camp, one will stay at a town called Gorakshep. It is located 5164m above sea level. Although the town has now become more "modernized" it still is home to many Sherpa people and culture.

H is for Holi, The Festival of Colours

Holi is a wonderful Hindu festival hosted in the spring. I dont know much about it, but I will be attending Holi in Little India in Toronto on the 17th of March this year. They have lots of lights, colours, dance and food and I am really looking forward to it! Imagine the celebrations to be had in a country predominantly of Hindu origin, like Nepal.

I is for Itineraries

On the internet, these days, you can really find anything. It is really helpful in planning a trip to a foreign country, like Nepal, which the language and customs are not really well known. Before going to Nepal, you can find itineraries for ANYTHING, and companies who promise English-speaking guides to help you get through your planned outing. Having an itinerary, or some sort of set boundaries is great, at least for the first little while until you find other crazy people to hang out with in the $3.00/night/person hostels.


Monday, 7 April 2014

D is for Durbar Square, E is for Elephants, F is for 5364

D is for Durbar Square

A historic area in Kathmandu, known as Durbar Square, consists of temples, fountains, street markets, and vast culture. It is a large tourist attraction, and it is only about 20 minute, $5.00CAD taxi ride from Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport.

E is for Elephant Rides

Down in the lowlands in the South of Nepal, lies the Chitwan National Park. You can pretty much get elephant rides promised from any town around the low lands, but in Chitwan, you can go to the Elephant sanctuary, and not only ride the elephants, but also help bath them too!

F is for Five thousand, three hundred and sixty four (5364)

The number of meters that Everest Base Camp is above sea level is 5364m. The shortest guided tour from Lukla that I have found is 12 days, 2 of which are acclimatizing days and one is solely a flight, but the rest include walking for anywhere from 3-4 hours on the first day after a 35min flight to Lukla, to 7-8 hours of inclined walking.


Thursday, 3 April 2014

A is for Annapurna, B is for Buddhism, C is for Climbing

A is for Annapurna

Annapurna is a section of the Himalayas frequently traveled by avid hikers from around the world. The circuit of hiking around the Annapurna trek is considered one of the hardest in the world.

B is for Buddhism

Although the major religion in Nepal is Hindu, there is a considerable number of Buddhist people and temples. Buddhists are very peaceful people, with a very different culture than here in North America. Their temples are also beautiful.

C is for Climbing

With the Himalayas lining the north of Nepal, there is lots of opportunities to climb a mountain, whether it be to summit a huge mountain, summit a small mountain, or hike to Base Camp of either Everest or Annapurna, there is hiking and climbing everywhere. 

p.s. sorry for the delay, I totally forgot it was April already!!


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

2014 A to Z Challenge

Sooooooo!!! It seems like just yesterday it was A-Z Challenge, but apparently it has been a whole year! The A to Z Challenge gives me a reason to come on here and post something, so this year, I will use it to procrastinate, yet again. My theme this year will be Reasons to Travel to Nepal because this May, I will be traveling to Nepal to volunteer for a while which I am really excited about. I have a separate blog for my Nepal shenanigans, but I don't want to bother my grandmother's old lady friends with a post every day that they will subsequently get in their already confusing inbox. (You can check it out here if you are interested.)

If you are interested in the A to Z Challenge for this year, click here to sign up!

Darn good and sure of it,