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Friendship on the Annapurna Circuit

Jibn says namaste. I say namaste. He asks me where I’m going. I say Chame. He says: “Good we go together, we friends. This is my sister but she stops there, from there we are two friends. Yes?” “Yes,” I say “good idea.” My first friend on the Annapurna Circuit. “Yes very good, we two very happy arriving. I make …

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School visit in Bhangal, Kathmandu – Nepal

Heading to Nepal I had all these great thoughts in my head of what I would do to help. I wanted to make a difference! My friend and I arrived in Kathmandu and were spending a few days in a hostel before heading to an orphanage for a week. Our contact at the orphanage offered to pick us up from the …

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The lovely family Pandey

Waking up reminds me of the mornings at the Mentawai tribe… The sun rises and the women start their day by cooking, cleaning and feeding the animals. I hear the noises but I’m still in my hard bed…Shall I go and help or stay a little longer? Even though my back hurts I decide to stay just for a few …

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I’m off to the mountains!

Permits in the pocket, trekkingshoes ready and I even have a ‘afritsbroek’ (trekking pants). Wow I swore to myself I would never wear one of those but here I am… I’m so excited! From tomorrow on it’s gonna be offline time again for probably the next 3 weeks. I’m going into the MOUNTAINS! Walking from little village to little village, sleeping …

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Back into the world after ten days of silence retreat

Here I am, back in Pokhara village after 11 days of silence in a completely isolated world. Yesterday I couldn’t really enjoy coming back into ‘normal’ life: Normal life with other people then just the group we were with, with internet access, with my phone, with 323 whatsapp messages and 153 emails. But I am slowly coming back… Sipping my first beer in almost a month: can you imagine me not …

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Last message before 10 days of silence…

No phone, no email, no whatsapp, no messages, no talking, no eyecontact… Just me, myself and I. OFF the line. Why? Same question every time… Because I’m curious. Curious about the experience, what it will do to me. How will it feel? Will I really be able to have more control over my thoughts? Use them a bit less and …

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Kathmandu like LIS

I love this ‘city’! Or shall I say big village? It’s like time stood still. Red brick buildings, shitty cars, old bicycles, every day a few hours without electricity, big watertanks on rooftops for showers. What I like most is daily life.  People here don’t use the internet to read bullshit, check out everybody else’s lives or buy stuff. Here everything happens in the streets. And that’s why the …

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Namasté Kathmandu!

I asked my new german friend how to say ‘hello’ in Nepali and he just stared at me like I was crazy. Now I understand why. Namasté is hello of course. So… Namasté! I have been in Kathmandu for a while now. People even ask me ‘Are you still in Kathmandu?’ Yes I am because I am not in a …

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