• unexpected decisions: why i decided to cancel my dream trek

      I’ve been dreaming of doing the three passes trek since the first time I came to Nepal. After hearing about crossing three high passes, seeing the Gokyo Lakes, and making it to Everest Base Camp, The Three Passes Trek quickly jumped to the top of my list. I’ve returned to Nepal twice since initially making the trip out, and the third time I was in Nepal, I knew I was going to complete it. After spending some time interning in Pokhara and trekking up to Annapurna Base Camp, I set out for the three passes, absolutely determined to get it done! And, well, I didn’t. I decided to abandon the first…

  • unexpected eats: my favourite restaurants in pokhara

    As you guys definitely know by now, I am a MAJOR food lover. Last year, after returning from the Annapurna Circuit to Pokhara, I quickly learned that Pokhara was a little city that treasured food (at least Lakeside does!). I spent a little less than a week there, but dreamt of returning to my favourite places for yummy post-trekking food! Unfortunately, upon my arrival this time ’round, I learned that most of my favourite places had closed…. which meant I had to try new places! I found these restaurants through luck, recommendations, and chance, and they’ve become my favourite places! If you wanna get that Instagram Go to The Juicery Cafe! …

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary & Guide

    Annapurna Base Camp is one of my favourite treks in Nepal. It’s one of the easier ones, but you’re still rewarded with incredible views. The Annapurna region is popular with trekkers, and there’s no question why. I loved it so much I’ve done it twice! Here’s everything you need to know the ABC Trek, including an Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary! I’ve already blogged about my experience doing this trek (which you can read here), although that was exactly what I posted: my experience. It’s also one of my first posts and it’s incredibly embarrassing. This post will be much more in depth, and hopefully more helpful! Basic Facts This trek…

  • unexpected holi: what i loved and what i hated

    This past Sunday was Holi, the festival of colour! Holi is a Hindu holiday celebrating Spring! It’s better known for being an absolute party, with coloured powder and water being thrown at you. Holi in Lakeside was an absolute blast. We’d been having some pretty bad weather lately, but it was clear for Holi!   I really enjoyed being right in the thick of the action and having powder thrown at me. The water, not so much, as it was cold! There was a stage in Center Lakeside, with live bands playing both Nepali and Western Music. We danced, we drank, and we made friends, all while completely covered in…

  • unexpected pokhara : phewa tal to the world peace pagoda

    If you’re heading to Pokhara, chances are, you’ll hear about the famous lake, Phewa Tal, and the World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa). Instead of hiring a taxi to take you to the pagoda and hiring a boat to take you around the lake, combine the two attractions into one! The women I work with and I decided to take a boat across the lake and hike up to the pagoda. You can hire boats for about USD$10 to get you to the pagoda side, wait for you, and to take you back. Get these boats at the lakeside perpendicular to Barahi Chowk. From the other side, follow the trail up…

  • unexpected women of the world

    I headed into Kathmandu for a day of celebrating women! On February 18th, I was able to attend the Women of the World (WOW) Festival, a day of panels, talks, and workshops all about women. I was lucky enough to hear some of the most influential women of South Asia, from the first Sri Lankan to summit Everest to Nepal’s Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, speak about their experiences as women of power. Wow. What a day. We discussed women and the idea of power, trafficking, and women’s rights. We also talked about ability and disability, and where that intersects with gender. I nearly cried, I laughed a whole…

  • unexpected peek into a Nepali wedding

    The other week, I was so kindly invited to a Nepali wedding! I was able to get dressed in a beautiful outfit, get a tikka (get tikka??? apply tikka???), and experience a beautiful wedding. The entire celebration was full of laughter, dancing, music, and food. It was colourful and vibrant and absolutely wonderful. Everyone was so kind, and although I don’t speak a stitch of Nepali, I was warmly welcomed into the celebration. I had a tough time understanding what was happening (language barrier problems), so I can’t tell you exactly what was going on, but it was such a lovely cultural experience. It was less of the actual ceremony joining…

  • unexpected kathmandu

    My first trip to Nepal, when I had decided to check Everest Base Camp off the bucket list, I had two days (total) to explore Kathmandu. Initially, I didn’t like it. After being in the mountains for two weeks, Kathmandu seemed so polluted, loud, and chaotic. Upon my second trip to Nepal, the time I had decided to trek the Annapurna Circuit, I had really started to like the crazy city. Third trip here, and I’m sold. I really enjoyed my quick little stay in Kathmandu. The dirty chaos because vibrancy and liveliness. The pollution smelled like adventure, like the entirety of my whirlwind trip in the beautiful country. The loud horns, shouts, and…

  • How to See the Annapurnas from Pokhara: Australian Base Camp

    Being right at the base of the Himalayas and not being able to see them, due to pollution and dust, was driving me crazy. So naturally, as soon as I was given two days off, I set out to see them. I decided approximately 10 hours before I was going to leave that I was actually going to leave. I researched different treks that didn’t require TIMS and ACAP permits, bought a map, rented a sleeping bag, and started packing. I was in a taxi to the bus station at 6:30 the next morning. I paid  “tourist price” for the taxi, which I try my very hardest not to do, but eh, I…

  • unexpected wanderlust: 10 photos that will inspire you to trek in nepal

    Today’s the day! Today’s the day! By the time you guys read this, I’ll be in Kathmandu! I have unexpectedly returned to my favourite country for an internship, a chance to reconnect with this beautiful place, and of course, to once again fall in love with the mountains. While the photos you’ve seen may showcase some stunning natural beauty, the best part about Nepal is the memories you make here. The people, the food, the other travelers, and of course, the trekking… Every little component of your trip will come together to create the most beautiful thing- Nepal. This country is the most wholesome, magical, welcoming, ELATING place in the world.…