News from Nepal
My adventures as a volunteer in Nepal and traveller overseas
  • Fabric shopping, part deux. My in-the-know friend took me to her favorite fabric shop in Kathmandu: Wonder Fabrics in Bishal Bazar on New Road. And I picked up another five fabrics. We are heading to her tried and tested tailor on Monday night to start the process of making our dress dreams into reality.

  • Best breakfast spot in Nepal? The Yellow House in Sanepa can give any venue a run for its money. You can completely customise your meal, a bonus for a picky eater like me who is forever picking bits they don’t like out of their meals or leaving sections untouched. In addition, the setting is lovely, with an outdoor undercover area, with comfy chairs and live music.

    For me this morning: poached eggs, rosti, sautéed potatoes and green veggies, cream cheese and baguette. Don’t worry, there was a trip to the gym for cardio, weights and lap swimming afterwards.

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  • World Cup 2014

    It seems like an eternity ago already, but as a summary of the World Cup, I have loosely followed this Guardian piece’s format, but tumblr style, which just means a tonne of gifs.

    And by the way, I picked the right horse at the start. Very proud of my German kin.

    Match of the tournament: Germany v Brazil

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    Player of the tournament: James Rodríguez

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    Keeper of the tournament: Manuel Neuer

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    Goal of the tournament: Tim Cahill in Australia v Netherlands

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    Personal highlight: Colombia’s post-goal celebrations

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    Biggest disappointment: Diving

    Innovations for 2018: No FIFA. And no third place playoff. Seriously, who cares.

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  • That awkward moment when…

    Your Australian-South Korean friend takes you to a North Korean restaurant in Kathmandu and doesn’t tell you what you are eating, so you accidentally eat fried pig skin thinking it is some sort of strange, chewy pickle, after having been a vegetarian for over 11 years. I have been violated! Is vegetarianism like being an alcoholic at Alcoholics Anonymous; once you break your sobriety, you go back to counting from day one?

    Last night I played ultimate frisbee (I think I’m improving; some notable interceptions and points scored by yours truly) with friends at the American Club, before dinner at a restaurant run and owned by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea). Apparently, it is incredibly difficult to be a vegetarian in Korea, particularly when your friend neglects to point out all the meat items. I did also note that I felt like I was literally funding the purchase of Kim Jong-Un’s fur coats by patronising a North Korean government-run establishment. Rather famously, last year, a number of waiting staff (who are brought over from North Korea to work in the restaurant) did a runner and claimed asylum. Now, all the staff live in dormitories above the restaurant. And when some of my fellow diners tried to ask them about North Korea, they went very silent.

  • I went fabric shopping today in Indrachowk, an area of old Kathmandu. I bought 4 metres each of a rich red and a deep purple cotton print with wonderful detailing in the hems and 3 metres of a white cotton printed with tiny aqua and navy blue fleur de lis.

    I am planning to have the two colorful fabrics made into kaftans (replicating the kaftan I bought from Anoki when I was in India, which got me so many compliments while I was on holiday in Italy). As yet, I am not sure what the white fabric is destined for.

  • Pure class. Like Marlene Dietrich wearing a tailored suit by Hugo Boss, driving a BMW 328 roadster, while listening to the audiobook of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

    That is the equivalent of Germany’s 7-1 annihilation of hosts, Brazil. And boy, it escalated quickly, almost to the point of being embarrassing to watch.

    I am an Australian, but quite reasonably, having no faith whatsoever in the Australian football team’s hopes at the World Cup, I had decided at the start of the tournament to support Germany (no, I didn’t jump on the Germany bandwagon late). And, I do have legitimate reasons! My mother’s family background is part German and I have her German surname as one of my middle names. Fingers crossed for the final!

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  • I returned to Nepal on Sunday. This evening I had the most European experience possible in Nepal at Baber Mahal Revisited, an expensive shopping and restaurant complex in a heritage building in Kathmandu. Some girlfriends and I went to Faces for haircuts and manicures, a spot of shopping (for me, a necklace, three bracelets and a ring) and then dinner at French restaurant Chez Caroline.

    I have also caught up with my writings on the Italy trip, so scroll back down through all my picture posts, and you will find my experiences written up too.

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  • Laurentian Library (with entry vestibule by Michelangelo), Firenze (2 July)

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