I have a golden opportunity to volunteer in rural Nepal for 3 months with an established organisation. I was excited at first as I've never been to a developing country before, but now I'm terrified that I'll die in a bus accident/food poisoning/rabies/political uprising, or just not cope with lack of technology, contact with home, electricity etc. Are such fears normal, or are these signs that I probably wouldn't enjoy this and should consider not going? [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield
on Jan 26, 2013 -
Some of my siblings are talking about doing the Annapurna Circuit together next year. I've did it a few years back but would love to travel with them - can you recommend something that would provide similar adventure and excitement for them and also be new for me? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen
on Sep 15, 2012 -
A good friend of mine has recently become very interested with all things Everest. Several nights after having a couple of beers, he has asked our group of friends if they think it was possible for someone to have summited Everest before Sir Edmond Hillary, or attempted to summit before George Mallory. One half of the group is adamant that such a feat was impossible before 1921 due to a lack of proper equipment and a cultural reverence for the mountain. The other half believe that it was certainly possible because of the length of human occupation in the region, the adaptation of the Tibetan people to higher altitudes, and the innate ambition of man. Does anyone have scientific evidence for either side of the debate or an educated opinion?
posted by thisiswater
on Apr 23, 2012 -
I am putting together a donation webpage, trying to raise tuition for a young woman in Nepal, and am looking for suggestions on the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by blueberry
on Nov 12, 2011 -
I am looking for some facts to help buttress an argument, hoping to convince a mother to let my friend continue her schooling (as opposed to being shuffled off into an arranged marriage on her 18th birthday). [more inside]
posted by blueberry
on Jun 28, 2011 -
Where can one buy a French press for making coffee in Kathmandu, Nepal?
posted by liketitanic
on Nov 7, 2010 -
We're going to be hiking to Everest Base Camp and right now we're trying to figure out the logistics of our very long commute. We're traveling to Nepal from the US, and will be landing in Delhi on October 9th around 9 PM. Our flight to Kathmandu leaves the next day at at 3 PM. Is it safe and/or reasonable to stay the night in the Delhi airport? Or would it be easier to book a hotel or homestay in the area? [more inside]
posted by ThatSomething
on Sep 29, 2010 -
Could anyone identify this antique document written in an unknown script (Kashmiri?) and perhaps comment on its purpose? (Pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by Petromyzon
on Sep 22, 2010 -
I have a huge craving for instant noodles the way they are prepared in Nepal (specifically Katmandu) by street vendors. I can get Wai Wai Noodles here in New York, but don't know what else to include. I remember egg, but there were also additional spices and ingredients. Help!
posted by jonschubin
on Dec 30, 2009 -
I would like to buy or rent a building to convert to a Hindu temple in my community for the Bhutanese/Nepalese refugees. Problem: I have NO IDEA where to start. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso
on Dec 12, 2009 -
I have 5 days coming up in Nepal. Looking for photoshoot opportunities on the beaten path and off in Kathmandu and beyond, Pokhara perhaps?
posted by Xurando
on Sep 19, 2009 -
I want to become a Buddhist monk at some point in my life and live out my days in a authentic monastery, preferably in a traditionally Buddhist country. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac
on Jun 3, 2009 -
What good fashion/style/beauty resources are out there for South Asian (Indian/Bangladeshi/Pakistani) women that aren't all about saris and lenghas? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Jan 12, 2008 -
I'm in Kathmandu, Nepal for the week, and I have a big, very heavy suitcase that I really don't want to drag around on the rest of my trip. Any advice on shipping it home to the USA?
posted by Hollow
on Dec 17, 2007 -
I am a college student going to school in Manhattan, and I'm looking for an internship for this coming spring semester. I am a third year political science major with interests in technology, development, and journalism. At the moment I am studying and travelling abroad in India and Nepal, and I've gotten pretty much fluent in Nepali. Does anyone know of a cool New York based NGO that might have use for someone who knows Nepali language? General advice on finding NGOs in the New York area to intern for is also appreciated.
posted by Hollow
on Nov 24, 2007 -
Photog friend going to Nepal/Tibet - what's a good gift? Some thin air-wind jacket with lots of pockets? Anything you can think of would be appreciated - especially if you have specific experience there - up to $200? Thanks.
(she's with an experience group of friends but she's never been).
posted by jbelkin
on Aug 20, 2007 -
Please help me locate a poem or passage which one of Nepal's kings read to his bride on their wedding day. It would be available in English. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78
on Feb 20, 2007 -
How am I being scammed? Nepali gem business deal, sounds kinda shady, help me find out where they intend to make their money. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen
on Jan 30, 2007 -
Know any good travelling websites? Most specifically for backpacking in Asia... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on May 29, 2006 -
More than a year ago (perhaps two) I read an article (possibly via Metafilter, possibly on Salon) about a charity that was building libraries in remote locations (Nepal?), and where you could actually sponsor the building of a whole library for about $5000. Search and Google as I might I haven't been able to turn up either the article or the website, and the bookmark I had disappeared with my former job. Any ideas?
posted by anastasiav
on Dec 19, 2003 -