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No Parking is moving. After two years using travellerspoint.com, I have decided to move my blog to Wordpress. Go to cazvan.blogspot.com for continued updates. Expect more pictures.

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Be well all,

The Small Adventurer

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Everest Day 1

December 17, 2013 - Boudha, Nepal

I woke up to alarm at 5am, spent 10 minutes finalizing packing, then left the house to catch a bus to the old bus station. A cab waited at my door. Ok, this will be faster. I took the cab to the old bus park, fifteen minutes away. I had a ticket that I bought yesterday for the Express bus to Shivalaya, near Jiri, the start of the route. 5-8 hours away. I asked around the 1000 square foot dirt bus parking lot. I found the bus with a bit of help. As I entered the bus, I smashed my head on the door frame and all the Nepalis on the bus laughed. I had a 60 liter back (light though, I don't have a tent or food, this is a "tea house" trek) and a small backpack with the essentials for the bus trip (camera, food, water, Chapstick, etc). The big bag went in the cargo bay, the small one on my lap.

At 2pm I arrived in Jiri, my planned destination, and was told there was a bus to Bhandar, a few towns away down the trail. I hopped on after a few minutes of linguistic confusion regarding the destination (this was a common issue). I stood for a few hours during the ride, then as people left I packed into the back seats. The road was rough, rocky, and muddy. The bus was stuck twice and I helped move stones and push. I ate a package of rice cakes and two energy bars on the road. I arrived in Bhandar at 8pm.

In Bhandar, I went to a guest house, paid 200 for a room, ate Tibetan bread and egg chowmein. The walking begins tomorrow.

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Everest Day 0

December 16, 2013 - Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

I decided last week to go on a vacation to the sunny beaches of the Solukhumbu region of Nepal. Why Solukhumbu? Solukhumbu has Sherpas and Rai, rural trails, and yaks. Solukhumbu has Everest; Sagarmatha, the mother goddess of the world, the highest mountain on earth.

December is the off-season for trekking and expeditions. It will be cold and lonely. I have two weeks before my next engagement, so i have time to be trek in along the Tenzing-Hilary Trail, the route of the two climbers that first summited Everest. The journey starts with a eight hour bus from Kathmandu to Jiri, then takes some weeks of walking to reach Everest Base Camp (EBC). (Lonely Planet recommends three weeks for the there-and-back trip) There are also flights to Lukla, a mountain town closer to Everest, but I want to feel the place as I make my way in.

To prepare, I bought a sleeping bag, cold weather gear, trail food, maps, trekker and national park registrations, baby wipes, and other exciting items. Because the trail goes from village to village, I don't need a tent or cooking gear. I leave tomorrow. Here we go.

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Big Diwali Aarti, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India - November




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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India - November 4, 2013




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The River Ganga. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. November 2,




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Ruins of Nalanda University. Nalanda, Bihar, India. October


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Thai monks. Wat Thai Temple. Bodhgaya, Bihar, India. October


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Bodhgaya, Bihar, India. October 25, 2013





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Familiar walk. Bodhgaya, Bihar, India. October 20, 2013


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Dharmabrothers. Bodhgaya, Bihar. October 23, 2013


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Tibetan merchant. Bodhgaya, Bihar, India. October 22, 2013


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Rickshaw traffic. New Delhi, India - October 18, 2013


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Nap time. New Delhi, India. October 18, 2013


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