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  • Teaching and Dancing

    posted on September 30, 2014 by Erin Leeder

    Day 16 A long weekend and the Soccer World Cup Final meant that when we arrived at Amrit Secondary Boarding School at 9am the principal was mortified to tell us that a decent percentage of students had not shown up for class. The students that were present were taking part in the morning assembly. Segments of

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  • Paddy, palaces and stories

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    Days 14 and 15 We were all getting a little tired by this point of the trip, so we had a couple of quieter days. On the Saturday we had morning tea at team leader Paddy’s house, a short walk from the hotel. Paddy’s house is full of certificates and medals. Paddy himself is a

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  • Cultural and Culinary Lessons

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    Day 13 Our first stop of the morning was Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. We walked around its base, admiring the pretty square and dodging the prayer flags and the ridiculous amount of pigeons. The stupa is particularly important to Tibetan Buddhists and the surrounding area is home to many Tibetan refugees and

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  • Glass bottle houses and silver

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    Day 12 Another early start saw us on the road to Pharping, a village just outside Kathmandu. The women in Pharping have set up their own organisation, the Women Empowered Society for Development. The aim of WESD is to improve the lives of the women in the village through education and empowerment. The founder of

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  • Fred Hollows Hospital

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    Day 11 Today we visited the Tilganga Eye Centre, which houses the Fred Hollow Foundation and their lens laboratory. The tour was particularly special because it is rare for visiting groups to be allowed behind the scenes. You could almost forget where you are when you step into the lens laboratory. The high-tech machines and

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  • Chitwan

    posted on August 25, 2014 by Erin Leeder

    Days 8-9 Today began with a 5 hour bus trip, out of Kathmandu and into the jungle. The drive was very interesting and contained many elements that I would not consider trying at home, including overtaking buses while on a windy mountain road and squeezing between trucks while barely slowing down. Major props to the

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  • Gardens and Monkeys

    posted on August 2, 2014 by Erin Leeder

    Day 7 Today was mostly relaxing. We started the morning at a farmer’s market, which was notable for the high amount of expats it attracts. After a bit of shopping we wandered down to the Garden of Dreams. The Garden of Dreams is not something you would expect to find in Kathmandu. It’s another neo-classical

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  • ACP and shopping in Thamel

    posted on by Erin Leeder

    Day 6 We stopped by at the Association of Craft Producers, the largest fair trade accredited business in Nepal. Their premises are an amazing rabbit warren of craftrooms, from felting to woodwork to screen printing to dyeing. The workers are paid a fair wage and are allowed to join the union. Many of them work

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  • Bhaktapur

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    Day 5 and 6 We spent the afternoon and the next morning in Bhaktapur, another city in the Kathmandu Valley. From what I’ve seen, Bhaktapur is Melbourne to Kathmandu’s Sydney. Bhaktapur is the cultural centre of Nepal- it was the first capital city and contains many museums and art galleries. It’s nowhere near as crowded

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  • Mountains and Villages

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    Day 5- July 3 The day started at a painful 5:30am as we left Kathmandu and headed towards the mountains. Unfortunately, the view from the lookout at Nagarcot was obscured by heavy clouds, so I can’t say I’ve seen the Himalayas. The little we could see was spectacular.   We walked down the mountain along

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