A Weekend in the Cotswolds (Part 2)

A Weekend in the Cotswolds (Part 2)

After walking ourselves silly on Saturday, we explored what we could of the Cotswolds by car.

Bidding adieu to Julie and Paul, we drove to Broadway, based on Tripadvisor reviews that the Tower was a worthy way to spend an afternoon.

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Festival of Maha Shivaratri

Festival of Maha Shivaratri

Nepal has many secular and religious holidays throughout the year. Some have criticised this for undermining the country’s productivity and global competitiveness. Animal welfare groups take issue with festivals that encourage mass killings. Regardless of economic or environmental concerns, from a social perspective, festivals such as Maha Shivaratri and Democracy Day are taken very seriously and celebrated accordingly.

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Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal

Following the departure of our classmate Yahu, Mahu and I decided to cheer ourselves up by retreating to Pokhara. We’d only heard good things about the town and were in desperate need of a change of scene.

Getting to Pokhara from Kathmandu was straightforward despite a chaotic morning at the bus depot. Vendors in the backstreets of Thamel usually arrange bus tickets a day in advance. We paid about NPR 600 (AUD $8) for comfortable seats on a coach with wifi. To Mahu’s and my surprise, the wifi connection actually worked, even if the internet was slow. Continue reading “Pokhara, Nepal”

Satyananda yoga

Satyananda yoga

It’s Week Two of uni, and I feel like I’ve settled into a nice rhythm. We’ve started catching the bus to Bhaktapur instead of shelling out Rs 700 a trip like those bideshi paryatak (foreign tourists), I managed to get my student visa last week after navigating the Kafka-esque bureaucracy that is the Nepali immigration department and banking system, and I even caught my first ever solo taxi by saying only the following: Continue reading “Satyananda yoga”

Street art in Thamel, Nepal

There is a kind of universality to street art. By street art, I am referring to the full spectrum of  piss-weak one-note tags to intricately layered pieces and acrylic wall murals.

I’ve found street art on all my travels: from the back alleys of (r)Adelaide, to the cobblestoned streets of hipster-before-it-was-cool Kochi, and now the labyrinthine, dust-choked streets of Thamel. Continue reading “Street art in Thamel, Nepal”

On travel writing

Travel literature by its very nature must be subjective, a reflection of the society the writer represents entering the society the writer visits. – My Beautiful Bookshelf, 9 March 2013

This Lena Dunham travelogue is significant. The backlash against her recount of her visit to Japan led to the removal of this essay from her memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl.

The writing style was casual. The tone was humorous. However, people took offence to what were considered unhelpful stereotypes about Japanese society and culture (bring some hot buttered popcorn and read Maya and Nonbunaga73 go at it in the comments section). Continue reading “On travel writing”