The “bathroom”: Personal Hygiene in Nepal

Having lived in a variety of conditions in Nepal, I also got to know a great variety of “bathrooms”. The best bathroom was a marble bathroom with a proper bath tub and running hot water. What is not really a luxury even in an average Western household, was regarded as a luxury by me … I was just too aware of the many ways of ...

How I became almost friends with a Nepalese rat

The mouse… Or the rat … I am honestly not sure what she was. Are there mice with long naked tails? Are there white rats? Anyways, this is the brief story of how I became (almost) friends with a rat in Nepal. Luckily I did not end up eating the rat, as I ended up eating my goat friend. This a story from the same ...

My heart is calling for Nepal

डाकदैछ [Daakdaicha] – it is calling संकेत [sa~ket] – sign, hint, allusion Since the beginning of this blog in May 2015, I have been studying a lot of Nepali and remembering many past experiences from Nepal … and now this has led to me longing to travel to Nepal again. Very strongly. My heart डाकदैछ [Daakdaicha] for Nepal. Which is awesome, since for a long ...

Lessons learned from being ill in Nepal

I have become ill in many different ways while staying in Nepal. So I want to share a little from those experiences and the lessons I have learned High altitude sickness The first time I got ill, were the mild symptoms (extreme weakness, heart racing, headache, grumpiness) of high altitude sickness at Gokyo Lake (the Mount Everest region). That was quite problematic for me, because ...

Nagarkot to Sankhu: My favourite walk around the Kathmandu Valley

My favourite little day walk, while staying in Kathmandu would be walking from Nagarkot to Sankhu (the easy way). I always love walking in general. And sometimes when staying in Kathmandu for a while, you really feel like getting out of the noise and stress of the city, and find some mental refreshment in nature. Somehow this walk is very peaceful and calming for me ...

Nepal, mero Maya – a love declaration

समुद्र [samudra] – ocean नदी [nadii] – river सेतो [seto] – white शान्ती [shaantii] – peace This is a very heartfelt blog post from 3 years ago. I wrote this, when I finally made peace with the fact that there are definitely things that I do not like at all about Nepal, but that at the same time, Nepal will always be dear to my ...

Nepali Travelling Phrases – Local style Dal Bhaat

This most likely will happen if you travel with a local bus across the country, or during your brief experimental period on your trek 😉 One serving (for one person) – Ek khaanaa How much is one serving? – Ek Khaanaa kati parcha? It’s xxx Rupees. – Xxx rupaya parcha Is this water boiled? – Tyo umaaleko paani ho? Yes / No – Ho / ...

Nepali travelling phrases – In the Hotel

In the tourist hotspots you usually will get around dealing with Hotel staff in English. But I always think that even if you can, it is a nice thing to try to at least communicate in Nepali. You might just get a smile out of your receptionist. And you never know if in the end in some lonely village on your trek, you end up ...

Do people in Nepal believe in Ghosts?

It seems fair to claim: Nepali believe in ghosts – much more so than I have ever encountered the belief in European societies. Yes, we have this whole horror genre and people like to play with the idea of the existence of monsters, ghosts and the like. But then again we only enjoy playing with that thought, since we are sure they don’t “really” exist. This certainty of ghosts not being really real, is much weaker throughout Nepal. The widespread fear of अँध्यारो [a~dhyaaro] in Nepal is greatly nurtured by that fear of ghosts, while admittedly other more natural dangers that are associated with the dark, do play their role as well. ...

The great variety of weather in Nepal depending on altitude

हावा [haawaa] – air, wind बादल(हरु) [baadal(haru)] – cloud(s) गर्मी [garmii] – warmth, heat कुहिरो [kuhiro] – fog The weather in Nepal has often been a somewhat confusing experience for me. This is mainly because – depending on the altitude – the weather differs greatly within this small country at any given moment. The monsoon climate seasons of Nepal Monsoon Clouds over Kathmandu (Timelapse) Source: ...