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Gary

I represent the 50+ age group of travellers and travel writers on this site. After 30yrs in the Air Force and further years in big business I have twice jacked in highly paid jobs to travel extensively...read how I done so here. In this past year alone I will have travelled to and lived for substantial periods of time in Greece, Greek Islands, Italy, India, Nepal and Thailand and will be posting articles about these places on this site. I am very open to any questions relating to travel, wwoofing, housesitting, house renting, art and spiritual matters so feel free to contact me directly

When we Grow – Exploring the myths surrounding Cannabis

This well produced video is not to promote the use of cannabis as a recreational drug but rather to explore both the myths surrounding both the plant species and the uses of this species in industry and for medicinal purposes.¬†Cannabis or Marijuana or Hemp is not just the happy drug that many of us associate with these names but if you Google cannabis you will uncover over 21 Million hits so it is indeed an …

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Panauti, Nepal – Gallery

This is a very beautiful village in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. It is largely unspoilt by tourists and is an extremely spiritual place in Nepali culture. I spent some days here establishing a new base for Nelly of Nepally Dream and found the relaxed nature of the place a perfect place to visit.

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In Giving We Receive, Nepal – Gallery

This brief gallery is intended to give a view of the great work being done by the Oz based charity, In Giving We Receive (IGWR). I photographed these happy kids in a Kathmandu house purposely and tastefully refurbished to accommodate these children. Well done Peter, Lia, Marie and Raja

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Volunteer Work for Free – Nepal and India

Volunteering and voluntary work is an activity researched by many of us, young and old alike, wishing to do something meaningful and worthwhile either at home or abroad. This can take the form of working with charities, animals, nature or often the most sought after; working with local less fortunate people and children, this time in a less well off foreign country. Sadly there is one thing which often curbs our enthusiasm to venture abroad …

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Namabuddha Temple, Nepal – Gallery

This beautiful and spiritual place is in the Kathmandu valley and a short distance from Panauti. The bus trip to the Buddhist temple and monastery is interesting and sometimes exciting. The relatively new monastery at namabuddha is in such a great position overlooking the surrounding countryside. The paintings by the monks are a joy to behold and are still in the process of being painted on the walls even as worship is in progress. A really wonderful place to visit. It is disrespectful to photograph inside the monastery and so you will have to walk or bus it to the top to witness the beautiful works.

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Garbage Warrior – Eco Film

This is an enthralling documentary which I watched and wrote about initially when we owned www.documentarytube.com and I am inspired to post it separately on this site following a chance meeting with two young paragliders in a cafe in Pokhara, Nepal. They have embarked upon their own eco project in the hills overlooking Pokera and close to the launchsite for their paragliding passion. Lucian and Pierre are from Germany(originally from Romania) and France but have …

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Kumari – A Living Goddess in Nepal

The Kumari is a living goddess in Nepal and revered as such. She is a young girl and remains the living goddess until the time of her first menstruation at which point she will cease to have Kumari status and the complex selection process will begin again to find the replacement. There are more than one Kumari in Nepal but I had the privilege to see her appear at the courtyard window of her residence …

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Extending your Visa in Nepal

Extending your visa in Nepal has its own difficulties and the main one can be the time taken to complete the process through the Nepal Immigration. I was well aware of the difficulties because Paul, my son, had recently renewed his visa and had explained it was a bit of a pain doing so. The standard tourist visa issued upon entry to Nepal will usually be a month visa costing $40US but if you are …

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Nepally Dream

This is a short gallery of pictures from Nelly one of our impassioned authors who is from France but has a vision for her future life working with orphaned children in Nepal.

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Nepali Children’s Trust, Nepal – Gallery

This amazing establishment was set up to cater for the disabled children of Nepal and it is a one of a kind. It is run on a voluntary basis but it is the children who would melt the heart of anyone. Kids with shocking disabilities simply live without complaint and they all attend local schools...this is such a worthy cause to support.

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Khagendra New Life Home, Nepal – Gallery

This is Khagendra New Life Home in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is the only purpose built resource in Nepal catering for the long term severely handicapped. It is a voluntary Nepal Disabled association founded in 1969 but continually improving ...and in need of sustained funding and improvement. A very humbling and yet uplifting place.

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Gigi Griffiths – A Good Read to Follow

Gigi Griffiths is a full time traveller and has provided me with considerable¬†inspiration through her RAMBLE as I continue my own travels in a somewhat different fashion to Gigi. Her story and website have a lot to offer and this brief blog post is only by way of a quick introduction. Believe me, she describes herself much more eloquently than I. I have been following her blog, her posts and her content marketing articles since …

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Quotes can relate to You

There are thousands of superb quotes doled out every day in varying forms on the internet, in glossy magazines, newspapers and dropped into our favourite TV shows or movies. I frequently glance through these light and entertaining snippets of both entertainment and wisdom to discover that I can relate to so so many of these and in the majority of cases gain something from them. As a short exercise, I have selected a number of …

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Cherai Beach Resort, Kerala, India

Although we stayed in a self catering homestay on Cherai Beach, Kerala, India, we did spend a fair amount of time in this resort using their bar facilities and gaining internet access. The Cherai Beach Resort is classed as 4* and in many ways it lives up to this rating. In other ways it does now fall somewhat short. When newly built the resort would undoubtedly have been the cutting edge in this type of …

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Delhi, India – Gallery

This is not JUST a dirty, busy, frenetic, smog filled city...it is also the most fascinating place to explore. A riot of colour and a wealth of culture stemming from the different rulers down to the presence of the British colonials.

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Disappointed with your Holiday Destination?

How many times have we travelled to a dream destination only to be sadly disappointed by the place? I sincerely hope it is not too often otherwise you will by now be a dyed in the wool “Stay at home” person when it comes to holidays. Why is it we would be disappointed? I believe that the way we perceive things starts at birth and we are influenced by everything from schooling, growing up, family, …

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How much does a trip to India cost?

So you have a dream to travel to India and you need an answer to the simple question… “How much does it cost to travel to and in India?” Well that really depends upon a number of factors; some which apply to all travellers, some which are consequent upon your itinerary and others which are very specifically determined by the comfort and style of travelling that only you can select. 6 weeks in India My …

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