My second day in Kathmandu takes me to one of its most iconic sites – Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, a short taxi ride from the tourist neighborhood of Thamel. This was the Kathmandu of my dreams. The temple is accessible via 365 steps where the faithful come to spin prayer wheels and meditate.
Of course, being allergic to any physical exertion (I made my doctor write a note!) I asked the taxi driver to take me all the way up to the top via the back way, leaving me only the last few steps to climb. The view was spectacular with prayer flags fluttering, and the eyes of Buddha staring down on the devout and curious alike. Tourists and locals alike come to spin prayer wheels, soak in the sunshine and watch the sun rising and setting over … Read More »
I just had a genius idea. I tend to have those every now and then. But I really can’t take credit for this one. It just kind of happened.
About a year and a half ago, I was planning a Cairo to Capetown overland trip and was desperately trying to get a decent fare from Johannesburg to Nairobi. One way fares in Africa are expensive. Like, really expensive. So I checked out which US airline partnered with one of the African airlines and got a US Airways credit card. Long story short, I didn’t end up using the miles so had 25,000 miles set to expire. What to do?
A little internet search yielded a flight on a partner airline in Asia. The farthest I could go was either Nepal or India, both on my bucket list. So seeing as I had … Read More »