The Alternative Kathmandu: The complete Series #1 revisited


Why follow the crowds in Kathmandu and see what everyone else sees? Visit the REAL bazaars and people of the original Kathmandu, visit a temple that few people know about, visit a town with a strange history, and walk back in time through the streets of the original inhabitants of Kathmandu,the Newar.

The alternative Kathmandu: #1 A mindful walk back in time.


The alternative Kathmandu   If this is your second visit to Kathmandu you may be in need of a few thoughts to focus your mindful travel and explore the city further, understand it more, so you don't just have a quick stay before shooting off to Pokhara, Solu Kumbhu etc. If this is your first visit … Continue reading The alternative Kathmandu: #1 A mindful walk back in time.

When #Nepal was a Kingdom: Part 7, August 1st 1983


Champa goes home.  Imagine leaving home in September 1968 to attend university in a foreign country and not returning to your parents, brothers, sisters until August 1983; married, with two children, now the most educated woman in your country, the first with a doctorate. And now, you are going to walk into the house where … Continue reading When #Nepal was a Kingdom: Part 7, August 1st 1983

When #Nepal was a Kingdom: Part 2, July 29, 1983


Part 2, Champa and the Merchant Our first whole day in Kathmandu after a fitful nights sleep under a mosquito net. Left Chauuni at around 9.30am waiting for a taxi near Swayambhu. Champa had warned me about queuing for things in Nepal …….. You don’t! So when the first one arrived …. Whoosh, it was … Continue reading When #Nepal was a Kingdom: Part 2, July 29, 1983

Buddha icons and family treasures


Our home is full of Buddhist art and icons mostly gifts from family in Kathmandu. Some are priceless, not because they are solid gold or silver, but because of who gave them to us and the craftsmanship involved. All are of Newari origin and here are a few in a series we will post over … Continue reading Buddha icons and family treasures