Nepal – The Fun Starts Here

Posted by Pat on October 16, 2013 in Travel |

When you travel, if you don’t learn something new about the culture you visit, gain a clearer understanding about your own culture, and learn something about yourself, you might as well stay home. – Pat Bunyard NEPAL, 16 Oct 2013: My title may be a Nepalese advertisement for beer, but the sentiment is true. It […]

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Drink, Think, Relax

Posted by Pat on October 15, 2013 in Travel |

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. – Orson Welles. KATHMANDU, 15 Oct: Dubious day turns out wonderfully. Out my window I see the Swayambhunath Temple and the rain has stopped. I bid farewell to my wonderful travel mates Teresa and Jim, Susan and Peter, and […]

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CHITWAN – ‘The Heart of the Jungle’

Posted by Pat on October 13, 2013 in Travel |

UNBELIEVABLE! – Peter Fillmore, group participant CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK, 14 Oct: Unbelievable! It has become our mantra thanks to Peter, who says the word is universally descriptive and can fit any occasion. We use it a lot. Today was no exception. Awoke before dawn to clear views of the Annapurna Range including Annapurna South, Fishtail, […]

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Zum Zum – Zoom Zoom

Posted by Pat on October 11, 2013 in Travel |

Buy today, bye bye tomorrow. It’s a good time to be a chicken. – Pat Bunyard. POKHARA NEPAL, 2700ft, 11 Oct: You can tell the difficulty of the day’s trek by your porter’s shoes. If barefoot or flip flops, it will be an easy day. If wearing tennis shoes, prepare for a demanding day on […]

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Holy Crap – I Am At The Summit

Posted by Pat on October 10, 2013 in Travel |

We must accept life for what it actually is – a challenge to our quality without which we would never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature. – Robert Lewis Stevenson I’ve always loved a challenge. – Lana Turner HIMALAYA LODGE, GHANDRUK, 6600ft, 10 Oct: I awoke to a […]

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Day Two of Annapurna

Posted by Pat on October 7, 2013 in Travel |

“Bistari, Bistari” – “Slowly, Slowly” – Parshuram Dahal, our trek guide. GURUNG LODGE, MAJGAUN, 4620ft, 7 Oct: Thunder and rain most of night but as a result, at sunrise the snow-capped Annapurnas peeked out from the clouds in all its glory . Annapurna Two, Annapurna Four, Fishtail, Annapurna One and Annapurna South, with other peaks […]

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On Annapurna’s Gin and Tonic Trail

Posted by Pat on October 7, 2013 in Travel |

You will probably only see one or two leeches. – Mr. Prim, lecturer on hiking Annapurna BESANTA LODGE, DHAMPUS, 5000ft, 6 Oct: Thunder is rumbling and rolling among the peaks of the Annapurnas and I can hear the steady rain outside my window. This is good for the clearing of clouds and views of the […]

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