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
Monday, 7 April 2014
D is for Durbar Square, E is for Elephants, F is for 5364
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.