Friday, June 27, 2008

Inspired by Youtube

One of my really good college friends sent this to me and I feel compelled to continue watching and watching it- I even transcribed it into my journal.

And while I'm on the great sharing-ness of, Here's a video link from Shawn's project I've meet Shawn and invited him to come speak at our school here in Dhaka. (I believe that the video he made while at the school is called "paying it forward") He has some incredible footage and pictures of Bangladesh and is working full-time for his Uncultured Project. It's he's effort to get one step closer to ending poverty and he also works with many of the NGOs here in Bangladesh.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Visit to Nepal Made Easy

Please everyone take note: Nepal is an awesome spot for a vacation. Here is a step by step guide

Step 1: bring an extra passport size photo and 30 USD for visa upon arrival

Step 2: Having previously made arrangements via email, walk outside to find the free shuttle from the airport to the lovely Kathmandu Guesthouse

Step 3: Have Sharan- tour guide extraordinaire- take you to UNESCO cultural heritage sites, including Monkey Temple- and take gobs and gobs and gobs of photos

Step 4: Take time to explore the shops and the local crafts- elaborate woodwork shapes boxes, stools, tables, wall hangings, etc. Pashminas galore, felted bags and slippers, handmade paper products, knitted sweaters, jackets, ponchos, you name it- all at wonderful prices, if you're willing to bargain for it.

Step 5: Go to the mountain town of Nagarkot and stay at The Hotel at the End of the Universe- best price with breakfast and dinner included- Have Yanneke (wife) and Oasis (husband) arrange your transport for 2000 Nepali Rupees each way (donation to their NGO orphanage/ school)

Step 6: See the sunrise of Mt Everest, trek in the mountains

Step 7: Take shuttle back to airport. Remember to keep enough rupees out for your exit fee.

Step 8: Send your fabulous pictures to all your family and friends. (and they will be jealous of your great adventure)

Step 9: Repeat

Sunday, June 1, 2008