How to Catch a Bus to Varanasi, India

It’s good to have new alternatives when traveling to, from or in Nepal. If I had to say what the worst part of living in Nepal is I’d have to say it’s the road/transportation issue. Well, you can’t get to India without going by airplane, private taxi or bus. Of the buses, please take my advice and only take a ‘tourist’ bus. The local buses are not well maintained and do not always stop often enough for the female passengers. This is particularly so for the night buses.

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Babies Are Still Being Born in Nepal in These Harsh Times

Many people were left homeless and alone after the devastating earthquake April 2015. When I look out from the window of the bus we can see many temporary camps with tarps and aluminum shelters along the side of road. This week we went to a camp in Bhouda to distribute some clothes for new born babies. Imagine being born in Nepal during this time, or being suddenly a single mother due to entire families being swept away. 

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How to be a Good Tourist

If you’ve lived in a tourist destination you will appreciate this discussion. I lived in Florida, US, near the ocean for many years. It was nice, but even though I put up with the monsoon and lived there all year the tourists crowded us out during the best parts of the year. Seriously, the beach was like a big party with blankets spread out for as far as the beach allowed. Yes, we complained about them and even had jokes about them. Do you know what a ‘god damned tourist’ is? It’s one that comes from ‘up north’ and brings his family and stays. I was one of those.

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How Can I Volunteer in Nepal and Not be Party to Exploitation?

How to get the most out of your volunteer efforts?

Of all the questions I hear asked, this is probably the most common. We Westerners love to help people in less developed countries. The Africans figured it out a long time ago that social work is a very lucrative profession. And now, the Nepalis are catching on. A Nepali social worker who came over for tea last year encouraged my younger Nepali friend to get into social work. “There’s a lot of money in it,” he counseled. And this is the major problem in Nepal.

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Everyday Surprises in Nepal

One of the biggest unanswered questions for me before I left home was what does a person do when they are thousands of miles from family and friends? How would I fit in and what would I do? This blog post is about a day in the life of an expat just to show you how life goes on here and you can build a lovely life with as much love and family as you need.
My helper left me a couple weeks ago, after helping himself to a dip or two-no big deal. I didn’t mind the little loss of a few rupee as much as having to search again for a domestic helper. I liked him, and like his name, he was really Some Thing! He cooked, he cleaned and he smiled as though he liked his job. But alas! he moved on and now I have No Thing.
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