Archive | February, 2012

Chitwan, Chakras and Charcoal

A steaming glass sat in front of me on the kitchen table. I eyed it dubiously. The woman in the chair opposite had just poured a heaped spoonful of black powder into the boiling water, where the majority of it still sat floating happily on the surface. ‘That’s because it’s so light,’ she said, resealing […]

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How to Wash Your Hair in Kathmandu

Have you ever tried to wash in Kathmandu? Rolling electrical blackouts and an erratic work schedule can only mean one thing when it comes to showering; no matter how hard you try, the water is always going to be cold.  Before I arrived in Nepal I used to think water had three temperatures – and […]

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Cold Feet: a Day in the Life of a Nepal Orphanage Volunteer

Despite researching India a mammoth amount over the last month, I somehow neglected to discover a number of things about Nepal. For instance, the fact that the temperature drops drastically between day and night. Plus the fact that no Nepali building has heating, and that the country’s daily rolling electricity cuts mean a constant lack […]

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Whatever the Weather

Having lived in London for most of my life, I’ve never been that enthusiastic about snow. Although the first fall looks picturesque enough, it only takes a few hours of trampling feet and car tyres to turn that lovely whiteness into channels of grey slush. And the accompanying ice, snow’s completely unwelcome cousin, also manages […]

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