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Memories of Nepal: Part 2 – In and Around Pokhara

Phewa Lake

Pokhara’s peaceful Phewa Lake

This is the second post in a series where I’ll be sharing my photos and memories of my time in Nepal.

Following orientation in Kathmandu, Badri accompanied me on the scariest bus ride of my life on the treacherous Prithvi Highway 200 km west to Pokhara, the country’s second-largest city, where I spent the remainder of the summer.

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Dispatch from Nepal: Interview with Beau Miller of Aythos

Beau with Dolma

This is Beau with Dolma Lama, who was killed with her family in the initial shock of the earthquake. This was taken in Gangyul, just this past December.

Beau Miller is executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based NGO Aythos, which was the first relief organizations to reach some of the devastated villages of the Sindhupalchok District. He arrived in Nepal on April 30, and took time to email with me this week.

What prompted your first trip to Nepal?

I first went to Nepal in 2008 to teach English for five months. Prior to that, I was a brewer in Colorado, and I left to try to understand a little bit more of the world.

This is now my seventh trip. Nepal is the kind of place that never leaves you, even if you don’t understand why that is. It’s just a very special place, despite a lot of the issues it has. It’s the kind of place I find my thoughts drifting back to, and whenever I see a photo or hear somebody talk about it, I immediately have the urge to go back. 

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Memories of Nepal: Part 1 – My First Days in Kathmandu

Hands for Help Nepal

Hands for Help Nepal headquarters

It was one week ago today that disaster struck the beautiful country of Nepal. I spent a summer volunteering there with Hands for Help Nepal way back in 2003, a whole year before “Thefacebook” came to be in Mark Zuckerburg’s dorm room. Since my photos of that special time in my life have just been sitting in a weighty scrapbook on my living room shelf and have never seen the light of day on social media, I thought I’d start sharing a few of the digital files that I do have to shine a little light on the Nepal that I got to know and love. (Needless to say, the photo quality is not the best, as these images were taken on film – remember film? – and then converted.)

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How to Help Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Kathmandu, was heavily damaged.

LATEST UPDATE: Tuesday, 4/28 at 7:30pm ET

I updated the details on how to give to Next Generation Nepal.

LATEST UPDATE: Monday, 4/27 at 6:30pm ET

There have been more after-shocks today, so people have been sheltering in tents. Funds are needed immediately for supplies.

LATEST UPDATE: Sunday, 4/26 at 10:30pm ET

I heard from the director of Hands for Help Nepal, and he confirmed that there are no operational banks, ATMs or money exchange offices, so, as I explain below, it’s best to give to NGOs already equipped to accept and process donations.

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I was so sad to wake up this morning to the heartbreaking stories and images coming out of Nepal in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. The beautiful country and its people are very close to my heart – I lived for a summer in Pokhara during graduate school, volunteering with Hands for Help Nepal, an NGO based in Kathmandu.

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12 Top Apps for Travel in 2015

NYTF logoLast weekend was my first time attending the New York Travel Festival (aka NY Trav Fest for those of us in the know). In it’s third year, the conference brought together a mix of industry professionals, travel writers and bloggers, and just every-day folks who like to travel. It was a jam-packed two days, and as common with conferences, most of the sessions were a blur.

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Confessions of a Jetsetter w/ Brianne Miers

Jetsetter Problems is posting 100 Jetsetter Confessions for #the100dayproject on Instagram, and I got to be number 15! I was asked to answer the question, “What are your favorite parts about leading ‘a traveling life’? What are your least favorite parts?” and submit a photo to go along with my story. Fun!

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Backyard Tourist: Sampling Spirits at GrandTen Distilling

signageSet back off a main thoroughfare that runs through the industrial edge of Boston’s “Southie” neighborhood, tucked between a Crossfit and a boxing gym, GrandTen Distlling isn’t the easiest place to find, even if you know it’s there. And once you find it, it doesn’t look open, which is what happened when my dad and I showed up this afternoon.

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Check out my ‘grams!

Goa hutsIt brightened a cold and dreary day to find out that three of my Instgram photos from India were selected for this bright and beautiful Matador Network photo gallery: 29 Instagrams that show how vibrant the world really is. (It’s actually very hard NOT to take colorful photos in India, so I had a significant advantage.)

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All About the Budget: My Advice for the Long-Term Traveler

coinsTuesday night was my first-ever travel-related speaking gig (well, I am always doling out travel advice, but I’ve never before been asked to do so in an “official” capacity). It was the first Meet, Plan, Go! New York City meet up of 2015, and the topic was how to set a travel budget and stick to it when you’re on the road. Here are the questions I was asked, along with my answers – most focus on the lessons I learned while planning my fall 2014 trip to Southeast Asia.

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On the Road: The 10 Apps I Use Most

10 appsIn our day-to-day lives, most of us can’t imagine being too far away from our smartphones. And while it’s good to take some time and “unplug” while you’re on the road, smartphones can be incredibly handy tools for navigating foreign lands.

Before you leave on your trip, it’s a smart idea to delete extraneous apps off of your phone, since you’ll want the extra space for photos and music, and you’ll likely be in situations where you need to find information quickly (and where wifi connections are weak/Internet access is slow).

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