Durbar Square + Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

Durbar Square + Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

You can't go to Kathmandu without going to Durbar Square, right? Wrong! We had every intention of visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site but we didn't seal the deal. After spending all day traipsing around town, we made our way through the capital's dusty streets and after stopping to ask for directions many, MANY times, found our way to Durbar Square. "YASSSSSSSSSS," we collectively thought as we saw Nepal's former royal palaces. After high-fiving and congratulating ourselves on our epic navigation skills, we realized we were surrounded by vendors. SURROUNDED. People hawking scarves, rickshaw…Read more
We Survived Shivaratri

We Survived Shivaratri

"You want to buy some haaaash?" our tuk tuk driver asked with a big smile. "Not particularly" I mouthed as the beaten up cart bounced down one of Kathmandu's crowded, unpaved roads. It wasn't entirely strange for him to be asking, we were headed to celebrate Shivaratri festival, after all. Since we returned to Kathmandu after a month in Melamchi, it seemed like everyone in the city was asking us if we would be celebrating the holiday. Locals smirked and winked at us; their thoughts were obvious, there was no way that two…Read more
Exploring Nepal’s Garden of Dreams

Exploring Nepal’s Garden of Dreams

After a month of interacting with farm animals and being covered in dirt (and things dirtier than dirt) on the daily, we wanted to explore a more luxurious side of Nepal once we returned to Kathmandu. Luckily, we didn't need to look very far before discovering the Garden of Dreams (not to mention we splurged on a meal that wasn't dal bhat pretty much the second we got into the city). The Garden of Dreams is located in Kaiser Mahal and was built in 1920 for Kaiser Sumsher Rana, the son of the Prime…Read more
A Day in the Life of an All Hands Volunteer

A Day in the Life of an All Hands Volunteer

Working with All Hands Volunteers was like biting into a fruit you never knew existed, and wondering how you could have lived without tasting it for your entire life. Taylor and I knew we wanted to travel abroad for an extended period of time, but it seemed almost gluttonous to just traipse across Asia with only ourselves in mind. So, we sought out to find some fulfilling volunteer opportunities. After applying to All Hands in June and not hearing anything for several months, we forgot about the organization and our trip planning was…Read more
Our First Day in Kathmandu

Our First Day in Kathmandu

Excited and exhausted, we arrived in Kathmandu after nearly 26 hours of travel. We picked up our things from baggage claim and headed outside, past boxes of new baby chicks that were be prepared to be shipped and hoards of people speaking rapid Nepali. The taxi ride into the city was the craziest of my life. On the left side of the road, our car zipped through hundreds of motorcyclists, children on bikes, towering buses, and expertly dodged goats and dogs who were meandering into the road. By the time we arrived at our hostel,…Read more
How to Pick the Perfect Travel Backpack

How to Pick the Perfect Travel Backpack

If you're anything like me, you know that you need a travel backpack for your upcoming adventures, but have no idea where to begin your search. Questions of material, size, and price are all jumping through your head... and should you account for a compartment for your future travel monkey sidekick? Well, I've been in your shoes and am now the proud owner of a beautiful travel backpack (although I'm still trying to figure out how to befriend monkeys). It took a bit of research (and a super helpful trip to REI), but I've found…Read more