Nepal Travel: navigating the hairpin-turn cliffs to Kathmandu

Three years after the April 2015 earthquake disaster, Nepal looks like a mountainous, tropical version of London after The Blitz. Nepal travel offers a stark reminder of how long the recovery from such a disaster can last ... long after the news of the disaster has fallen out of the international headlines. The main road …

Travel to Tibet: Warm welcome to the top of the world

Travel to Tibet
Tibet will swell your heart to bursting, then smash it in pieces. It’s Shangri-La, Shambala, Shang Bala, the mythical mountain paradise. It’s absolutely stunning landscape. It’s Buddhism, the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama. Tibetans greet us at the airport with long, white silk scarves they tie around our necks. These khatas symbolize purity and …

Visiting Nepal: a delightful food find in a downpour on the streets of Kathmandu

Delicious food at Frens in Kathmandu, Nepal
The rain fell in soaking sheets as we tried to find our way through the mucky streets of back-alley Thamel, the bustling, buzzing tourist area of Kathmandu. We were disagreeing on whether we were lost (She: "Without a doubt." He: "I know exactly where we are.") Delicious food at Frens Kitchen in Kathmandu, Nepal It …

What do they call Chinese food in China? ‘Food’ … and some other tidbits

Some tidbits as we travel China: Children are taught English starting at age 5 now. Adorable tiny children walk by, smiling at me and shyly say “hello,” and are delighted when I answer. But most adults can’t speak it, and communication is often difficult. We use a translation app when we can. And at one …