The Annapurna Circuit is a "tea house" to "tea house" trek.  Originally, people camped along the trail and visited the small tea houses like the ones in the first few photos.  Many of the trekkers started to sleep on the floors and benches (photo 3) in the common area.  As the tea house owners made... Continue Reading →


Bathroom, restroom, toilet,  los servicios, the loo, outhouse, the lavatory, or the washroom usually not a topic covered in blogs or even in many travel books.  Since some of my friends have not yet traveled outside the US, I thought I would share some knowledge about bathrooms in other countries.  And then during the Olympics, some... Continue Reading →

Nepal_ Reuse

Most of the people who live in Nepal live very simple lives and do not have the over abundance of stuff that most Americans do. Therefore, the need for reuse and repurposing is at the heart of all that the do and is based more on utilitarian need and not on decorating. At almost every... Continue Reading →


Games, toys, children and other things that made me smile. We learned to play carrom at one of the guest houses and saw many groups of boys playing it on the streets as we drove back into Kathmandu. I saw lots of children hoop rolling in the streets; I had only read about this and... Continue Reading →

Nepal_music and dance

   go to first post about Annapurna Circuit Trek While in Nepal I encountered lots of different music. There was traditional folks songs, Buddhists chants, Bollywood music, music at bars/dance clubs and the music that my co-trekkers brought with them. We had several dance parties when trekking, went to a village celebration and danced at a... Continue Reading →

Nepal_carrying stuff

Unlike many other countries, the Nepali people continue to carry goods on their backs using baskets (doko)  and a head strap (tumpline/namlo).  As I passed people or as they passed me more likely, I wondered how much the load weighed as I was only carrying between 15-20 lbs and anything more would have slowed me down... Continue Reading →


Besides dhal bhat, our options on the trek basically consisted of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onion and garlic put into some format: soup, momo, spring roll, curry, fried rice, pizza or a fried patty.  My favorite other meal ended up being veggie fried rice and garlic soup.  Two nights I had plain noodles with "spicy ketchup"... Continue Reading →

Nepal- Dhal Bhat power 24 hour

The people of Nepal eat Dhal Bhat everyday and usually twice a day.  Most of us ate dhal bhat for lunch and dinner on the first few days of the trek and as the trip progressed we started eating other foods for lunch or dinner. Dhal bhat consists of rice (dhal), bhat (lentil soup), tarkari... Continue Reading →

Annapurna Circuit _Day 14

Ghorepani to Birethanti After our morning hike to Poon Hill, we had breakfast at our guesthouse and then started off for Birethanti. This was a really long day as we hiked down from 2750m to 1025m. While we walked the steps, I shared some of my favorite stories with my co-trekker Tilly.  One is "The... Continue Reading →

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