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A Rainy Hike to Kopan Monastery

It was with a strange obsession that I had set out to find the Kopan Monastery on an early afternoon of my second day in the village of Bodhnath. Coincidentally my travels in Asia have taken me to many sacred sites of significance to Buddhist pilgrims. Being neither religious nor atheist, in the beginning I…

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Scam Alert in Kathmandu

Scams are a reality in many cities and towns that are frequented by tourists. It can be very unnerving for someone who has not experienced these before and can often leave you feeling quite foolish in the end, like I did when I experienced the Milk scam in Kathmandu, Nepal. The scene is set: A…

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The Critical Question: To Shoot or not to Shoot

Travellers and tourists love to take pictures to document their travels and take back memories of the richness of their experiences and share them with their families, friends and audiences. The more I travel, the more I see examples of insensitivity in click-happy tourists. Sure, we all have our moments of absolute certainty that we…

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‘Being’ in Boudhanath Nepal

The village of Boudhanath (or ‘Boudha’), very close to Kathmandu city is home to the ‘Bodha Stupa’ and is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. If like me, you like places that offer a little something for the soul, then Boudhanath in Nepal will want to make you stay longer than you intended. Although, it’s…