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Experiencing the Earthquake in Nepal
May 04 2015 Written by: Brad Horn
I write this as I “wing” my way home. I apologise for not having been in contact for a while. Mobile communications have been sketchy in the Khumbu Valley in the aftermath of the earthquake. It has been a confronting few days as Nepal comes to grips with the magnitude of this disaster.The earthquake itself was quite a surreal experience. It took a few seconds to actually register what was happening. At the time we were just short of the historic village of Tengboche, deep in a river valley. We had just finished lunch at a teahouse. It was only when ... [Read More]
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Update #3: Bhutan to Bangkok
Firstly happy new year! We are now winging our way to Bangkok in search of warmer climes after a spectacular 11 days in Bhutan. Since my last blog post there has been action aplenty. Our stay at Gangtey culminated with a fantastic walk up into the hills to some remote houses where we were entreated to an impromptu insight into rural Bhutanese life. The family we visited consisted of a mum, dad (who was away working) and four daughters. Sunday was “washing” day and the family was hard at work hand-washing the past week's clothes. The two young twin daughters, Sun and Moon ...
Update #2: Bhutan: The Happiest Place
There are not enough superlatives to describe Bhutan. It is a place of awe-inspiring scenery and THE most hospitable people on the planet. The Bhutanese are a very proud people who cling strongly to their traditions and their religious roots. There is undoubtedly something to be said for Buddhism and its fatalistic beliefs. It makes for a very understanding demeanour. We flew into Bhutan paralleling the Himalayas. The weather was superb and offered incredible views of Everest and numerous other 8000 metre plus peaks. On arrival in Paro, Bhutan, one understands why the airport is where it is. It must be ...
Update #1: Happy Holidays from India
Trust everyone is getting into the festive mode. I am presently on a family holiday in India and Bhutan and wanted to share some of our experiences from the past week. We have just arrived back in Delhi after a few nights in the bush at two of Sujan’s luxury camps, Jawai and Sher Bagh. Jawai is located a few hours drive north of Udaipur in a beautiful rural setting. The drive, like any drive in India, is ordered chaos; horns blaring, motor bikes everywhere, vehicles driving down the wrong side of the highway and a wide array of modes of transport ...
The Explored and the Unexplored
I recently had the pleasure of visiting both Rwanda and Uganda on a familiarisation trip. We started our trip in Rwanda, landing in Kigali in the midst of a huge thunderstorm. Luckily, by the time we were ready to disembark, the rain had slowed and the sun was making an appearance. Exploring Kigali is a must for any traveller who is visiting Rwanda. Aside from the fact that it is an immaculately clean city with very friendly locals, there are many cultural experiences to be had. A visit to Kigali’s Genocide Memorial is an eye opener for any person. The Memorial Centre was ...