Bathroom, restroom, toilet,  los servicios, the loo, outhouse, the lavatory, or the washroom usually not a topic covered in blogs or even in many travel books.  Since some of my friends have not yet traveled outside the US, I thought I would share some knowledge about bathrooms in other countries.  And then during the Olympics, some … More Nepal_bathrooms

Nepal_ Reuse

Most of the people who live in Nepal live very simple lives and do not have the over abundance of stuff that most Americans do. Therefore, the need for reuse and repurposing is at the heart of all that the do and is based more on utilitarian need and not on decorating. At almost every … More Nepal_ Reuse


Games, toys, children and other things that made me smile. We learned to play carrom at one of the guest houses and saw many groups of boys playing it on the streets as we drove back into Kathmandu. I saw lots of children hoop rolling in the streets; I had only read about this and … More Nepal_Fun

Nepal_music and dance

   go to first post about Annapurna Circuit Trek While in Nepal I encountered lots of different music. There was traditional folks songs, Buddhists chants, Bollywood music, music at bars/dance clubs and the music that my co-trekkers brought with them. We had several dance parties when trekking, went to a village celebration and danced at a … More Nepal_music and dance

Nepal_carrying stuff

Unlike many other countries, the Nepali people continue to carry goods on their backs using baskets (doko)  and a head strap (tumpline/namlo).  As I passed people or as they passed me more likely, I wondered how much the load weighed as I was only carrying between 15-20 lbs and anything more would have slowed me down … More Nepal_carrying stuff


Besides dhal bhat, our options on the trek basically consisted of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onion and garlic put into some format: soup, momo, spring roll, curry, fried rice, pizza or a fried patty.  My favorite other meal ended up being veggie fried rice and garlic soup.  Two nights I had plain noodles with “spicy ketchup” … More Nepal_food