Working at Mount Meru Hospital

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Our (Ashley Reid, KJ Stime and me) first fix: an oxygen concentrator with a broken aluminum tube. We initially tried to reinsert the non-broken part of the aluminum tube into the compressor outlet, however this caused a major leak.
We ended up connecting the two ends with rubber tubes. The entire composition was held together by plastic zip-ties.
The oxygen concentration is now once again ready for use – an easy but useful fix.

Lumbini – The Birth Place of Lord Buddha, Jan 26-27

Lumbini is the first one of the four holiest pilgrimage sites of Buddhist, the others being the place where he reached enlightenment (Buddha – en enlightened), the place where he preached the first time and the site where deceased.

Basically one can go see the exact place of his birth, the holy lake where his mother bathed after giving birth and the holy garden surrounding the site – though this was more like a jungle of prayer flags.

Moving away from the birth site there is a long artificial canal which and on both sides of it there are beautiful monastaries built by different nations and organizations all in a variety of different architechtures. Furhter more, at the end of the canal near the birth site, we found the Eternal peace flame.

The birthplace it self
The birthplace it self
The Korean monastary where we had our accomodation. It was unfinished and basically we only had to pay for the food.
The Korean monastary where we had our accomodation. It was unfinished and basically we only had to pay for the food.
The Chinese monastary just near the Korean one.
The Chinese monastary just near the Korean one.
Chinese monastary with an interesting tree
Chinese monastary with an interesting tree
German monastary - one of the most beautiful ones, though the architechture was in no way typical german
German monastary – one of the most beautiful ones, though the architechture was in no way typical german

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The canal with the eternal peace flame at one end and a holy pillar
The canal with the eternal peace flame at one end and a holy pillar
The following morning children munks were playing with a swingrope when no tourists had arrived yet.
The following morning children munks were playing with a swingrope when no tourists had arrived yet.
It is a great accomplishment, meybe even blessing, if a buddhist man can afford to send one of his boys to bacome a munk at the monastary.
It is a great accomplishment, meybe even blessing, if a buddhist man can afford to send one of his boys to bacome a munk at the monastary.
Always remember to unwear your shoes when you go inside!
Always remember to unwear your shoes when you go inside!
The water in the canal was like a mirror - later in the day a speed boat took tourists up and down the lake.
The water in the canal was like a mirror – later in the day a speed boat took tourists up and down the lake.
The Eternal Peace Flame
The Eternal Peace Flame
Everywhere these signs with the wisdoms and preachings of Buddha were to be found.
Everywhere these signs with the wisdoms and preachings of Buddha were to be found.

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a Holy tree in the holy garden
a Holy tree in the holy garden
All they Brahmins would sit aroung and pray around this tree.
All they Brahmins would sit aroung and pray around this tree.
The Sri Lankan Monastary
The Sri Lankan Monastary

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The Thai Monastary
The Thai Monastary

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Getting Ready for the Himalayas – The Annapurna Circuit

The sun coming up. The sun  was magnified by the horizon and looked really big. One could look directly into it because of all the haze - it looked very much like a beautiful huge orange.
The sun coming up. The sun was magnified by the horizon and looked really big. One could look directly into it because of all the haze – it looked very much like a beautiful huge orange.

Tomorrow, the 28/12,  we are leaving for a big trek for about 14-15 days in the
Annapurnas. This morning we went to the top of Sarangath peak near Pohkara to get a view of what where we are going. The view of the Annapurnas from here during sunrise was breathtaking. The highest peak of these mountains is 8091 m, it has 13 peaks over 7000 and 16 additional peaks over 6000 meters. The highest point we will reach on our trek will be 5416 m at the Thorung La pass.

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The peak that looks hightest on this picture is the Machhapuchhare (6997 m). The mountains seen to the right of it are actually higher only they are further away.

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ACAP - Annapurna Conservation Area Project - Permits required for all treks in the Annapurna. Main aim of the projects is to keep trash out of the area.
ACAP – Annapurna Conservation Area Project – Permits required for all treks in the Annapurna. Main aim of the projects is to keep trash out of the area.

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The last resort

This weekend, the 15. and 16., I went with friends/volunteers Christian and Mees to “the Last Resort”. It is a beautiful placement just 14 kilometers from the Tibet border. We did the worlds highest canyon swing, the worlds 3. highest bungy, canyoning and white water rafting. Here are some of the jumps, the placements an evening trek.. More to come 😉

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Chitwan National Park





Photos from Chitwan National Park a little late as usual. Photos are from the 30/11 – 2/12.

On the jeep to the national park
On the jeep to the national park
just another one of the road
just another one of the road

Water container for showers at the hotel
Water container for showers at the hotel
First  glimpse of an elephant (on the day of arival)
First glimpse of an elephant (on the day of arival)
On the way to drinks and sunset by the river
On the way to drinks and sunset by the river
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
The next morning, 1/12
The next morning, 1/12
We went canooing at the river.
We went canooing at the river. There should have been alligators and maybe rhino’s to see. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any of these.

The canoo-"driver"
The canoe-“driver”
Following 5 photos are all from the canoo - It was amazing to see fog rise as the sun came up
Following 5 photos are all from the canoe – It was amazing to see fog rise as the sun came up

 

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On this one you can actually see the haze fade away..
Just to proof that I was there :)
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After about an hour of canoeing we got on the coast
After about an hour of canoeing we got on the coast
And went into the jungle
And went into the jungle
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Just a jungle tree

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We didn't see any rhinos, alligators og tigers. So its lucky that we did find this footstep of a tiger (and saw a deer and a monkey too)
We didn’t see any rhinos, alligators og tigers. So its lucky that we did find this footstep of a tiger (and saw a deer and a monkey too)
Baby elephant at the local elephant breeding center. It also had a twin
Baby elephant at the local elephant breeding center. It also had a twin
Some beautiful plant at the elephant center
Some beautiful plant at the elephant center
Maybe this explains  why there are powercuts all the time in Nepal
Maybe this explains why there are powercuts all the time in Nepal. The picture is from the small town of our hotel.

A nice local rooftop-café
A nice local rooftop-café
Christian from Germany and Kathy from Austria - two of the other volunteers
Christian from Germany and Kathy from Austria – two of the other volunteers
Some pictures of the local town/village
The local town/village. A classical Nepali home

Local familly selling some fruit
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This funny goat looked back at me as I called for it
This funny goat looked back at me as I called for it

 

We went for another jungle safari. This time on an elephant!
We went for another jungle safari. This time on an elephant! On the picture are Susan to the left and Kathy to the right.

 

The elephant-rider-guide
The elephant-rider-guide. Local guy.

The jungle from elephant-point of view
The jungle from elephant-point of view
Panorama just out of the woods. We didn't see rhinos this time either but we did see a deer family
Panorama just out of the woods. We didn’t see rhinos this time either but we did see a deer family

 

No problem if you drop your glasses - the elephant will pick it up for you
No problem if you drop your glasses – the elephant will pick it up for you
sunset from elephant / side of the jungle
sunset from elephant / side of the jungle
Our elephant- guide + elephant
Our elephant- guide + elephant. This is the last picture from our amazing days in the junlge 🙂

 

 

Maula Kalika Temple

From visit to the Maula Kalika Temple at my first weekend in Bharatpur. The temple is on the top of a mountain about 25 minutes from where I live.

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Walking the stairs for an hour
Walking the stairs for an hour
Helicopter platform... If you don't want to walk the stairs
Helicopter platform… If you don’t want to walk the stairs
View from the temple
View from the temple

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The final stairs
The final stairs

 

Road Pictures from Bharatpur

Average Punlic Transportation
Average Punlic Transportation

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On the back of a tuk tuk
On the back of a tuk tuk
On top of Tuk Tuk
On top of Tuk Tuk

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"It needs to be done, and not enough folks are doing it."