Month: July 2015

My farewell to the Nepali Times

My time here in Nepal has come to a close, and I know that when I picked up writing for the paper I became much worse about updating my blog. I’m leaving the country early tomorrow morning on a plane bound through Istanbul and then on to New York City. Despite the wonderful time I had here, I am certainly ready to head back to the wonderful place I am fortunate enough to call home. My last assignment for the paper was to write a short blog post about my experiences here. It ought to be published on the Nepali Times website before too long, but I thought it might be a nice thing to throw up here as well: Thank you Nepal Working with the Nepali Times these last couple months has been a privilege and an honor. Like many international travelers, I had made my plans to come to Nepal well in advance of the quake. After the 25th of April I received a lot of discouragement from many folks around me who …

Three day trek in the Annapurna circuit

This week I got to go on a three day trek in the Annapurna circuit. The trip was sponsored by the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal, and brought along a handful of journalists along with around 30 owners of trekking agencies to showcase the state of the trails and infrastructure in the Annapurna range. The area is in excellent condition, with extremely minimal damage from the earthquake on the 25th of April. What most of the nice folks who own guesthouses and trekking agencies and depend on guiding and trekkers for their livelihood need is not aid supplies, but tourists. So, if you think maybe you want to go on vacation soon but haven’t decided where, this would be one hell of an option. One owner of a local restaurant in the lakeside city of Pokhara¬†told me that each tourist that visits Nepal provides work for at least ten Nepalis, from trekking guides to taxi drivers and waiters and guesthouse owners. The trek was gorgeous, and I would advise recommend going to anyone. Unlike backpacking …