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, 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.


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