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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…

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The Living Museum of Bhaktapur

The town of Bhaktapur, a few hours’ drive away from Kathmandu city, transports you into a long-lost era. The architecture is mostly red brick style, characteristic of Newari culture, seen in most Unesco World Heritage Sites in Nepal. The streets are love at first sight for a lover of street photography, like myself. As I…