Adventures in Wonderland – Nepal

FROM LUKLA TO JUNBESI: THE SOLUKHUMBU DISTRICT

A short flight from Kathmandu up to the Himalayan region and we felt like we were in a completely different world. Lukla airport is known to be one of the most dangerous airports in Nepal and the world… it’s simply a concrete landing strip and tin shed in the middle of nowhere, and surrounded by incredible landscapes and mountains.

The First Trek

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We said goodbye to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, and hello to the beautiful Himalayan mountains. Our first day included a trek (and a little bit of rain) which took around four hours to get to our next stop.

Cloudy Days

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The Himalayan region was absolutely stunning – no matter the weather. The surroundings were quiet, dark grey clouds folded around the mountain peaks, and every little home we saw along the way was uniquely different from the last.

Grandpa

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One of the locals we met along the way – he was very excited to introduce us to his very shy little granddaughter.

Sunset in the Hills 

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The rain lasted until nightfall, and by the time we reached our campsite it was too dark to see where we were going or what was around us. Luckily, we had amazing Sherpas from the organisation ‘Keep Walking Nepal’ and once we arrived they set up our campsite for us. We could only see around using our torch lights, so it wasn’t until the next morning that we actually saw the village.

Stay tuned for day 2!

Written By Alice Moran
Alice is a  local Geelong gal who loves to travel, enjoys photography as a hobby and wants to hear and share more stories. You can check out her Instagram here

 

 

 

 

Adventures In Wonderland – By Alice

Every time I travel overseas, or locally, I try to capture certain moments through photography. It might not be anything particularly special to the naked eye, but there’s always a story behind every snap. I had always wanted to go overseas as a kid and during my teens, but didn’t have an opportunity until I finished high school in 2012. So in 2013, I decided that I wanted to go somewhere new (either overseas or in Australia) every year. I’ve achieved that so far and hope to keep it up in the coming years. The opportunity to travel shouldn’t be taken for granted. The freedom to meet new people and discover different cultures is so valuable and I think these experiences should be shared!

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This beautiful country absolutely stole my heart. From the busy market streets and tourist hubs to the Himalayas and friendly locals – it is the perfect getaway. You won’t regret taking the time to explore this amazing country.

BOUDHANATH STUPA (BOUDHA, KATHMANDU)

The largest stupa in Nepal (and one of the largest in the world), it’s not surprising that this is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kathmandu. It is also the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet itself, symbolising the rich Buddhist culture of Tibet and Nepal alike. The stupa was one of many historical sites damaged in the 2015 earthquake and needed rebuilding, then opened again 18 months later in 2016. As well as groups of tourists visiting this stupa, there are also local Buddhists who visit to practice prayer and mindfulness every day. While you’re there, walk a kora (circle) around the stupa while listening to the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra… for a taste of mindfulness practices.

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STUPA SQUARE (BOUDHA, KATHMANDU)

The Boudhanath Stupa is surrounded by buildings facing towards it, creating a town circle around it and a community atmosphere. Some of the places occupying these building includes market stalls with arts and crafts, authentic restaurants, coffee shops, rooftop bars (with beautiful views and cheap beers) and an ancient monastery where Monks continue to practice and live.

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Written By Alice Moran
Alice is a  local Geelong gal who loves to travel, enjoys photography as a hobby and wants to hear and share more stories. You can check out her Instagram here

5 things I learnt travelling Europe with my partner

Anybody who tells you that travelling with your partner is nothing but smiles and great times is lying – kind of.

My partner and I have been on two overseas trips together, and my word you learn some things along the way.

  1. One of you is always right.
    ‘No it’s definitely that way”, “I’m pretty sure we take this train and we’ll make our way back to the hotel” –  This is a reoccurring theme on a couples holiday, you both think you know exactly where you’re going when in reality you have absolutely no clue where you are and are just too scared *cough* PROUD* cough to ask a foreigner for directions.
  2. Paris is the city of arguments, not the city of romance
    When you think Paris you think beautiful nights by the Eiffel Tower, feeding each other strawberries and champagne – this was not the case. I may or may not have made us miss the final train back to London because I wanted to spend a little bit more time at Disneyland ( a girl has to live out her childhood fantasy, am I right? Apparently not; tears were shed and voices were raised in the middle of the Gard Du Nord because we were supposed to check into our accommodation in London and would now have to spend money we didn’t exactly have on a new hotel in Paris – luckily we can now look back on it and think was it really such a big deal having to spend an extra night in Paris? I don’t think so.
  3. He is incredibly patient and I’m incredibly highly strung.
    We only had two short weeks in Europe and I wanted to make the most of it. This meant scheduling everything down to the last millisecond to utilise our time wisely and I would have some fully-fledged meltdowns if it didn’t go according to plan. He would calm me down and remind me that we are lucky enough to be on this trip and that it’s not the end of the world if we didn’t see some monument that had been there for thousands of years because it’ll be there for thousands more and ‘we’ll be back one day’.
  4. How important it is to take a little time for yourself
    This one was hard for me, I hate being on my own especially in a foreign country. But to make sure you we didn’t come back hating one another, we were sure to take an hour or so a day to chill on our own, whether it was laying in bed at our hotel or heading off to explore a little on your own.
  5. You see them in a totally different light
    I think it was halfway through our trip and we were in Berlin when I realised, holy shit I really love this boy for wanting to see the world with me, for wanting to explore places so beautiful not a picture would do it justice, and to want to do it together.

Most importantly, regardless of the copious amounts of arguments that were had over directions, we both learnt that we could travel the world together and not want to rip each others heads off by the time we came home – to the point where we were already planning our next trip on the flight home!