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Nach dem größen Erdbeben in Nepal ist die Idee mit dem Blog entstanden, weil ich meine Erfahrungen, Erlebnisse und Gedanken in die Welt hinaustragen möchte.

This blog was started after the great earthquake in Nepal with the thought to share the experiences and thoughts with the wider world.

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Nepal Feb/March 2020 Posted on Mon, March 02, 2020 12:24:57

We had promised our son that we would show him elephant. This led us to the southern part of Nepal- in the Terai to the city of Chitwan. Chitwan hosts the biggest national park of Nepal- the “Chitwan National Park”.
Bumpy and dusty road travel of almost 6-7 hours led us to the fertile part of Nepal. We were traveling to a eco-resort, that belongs to one of my friends- Mrs. Bhattarai.
Reaching there at the evening on the 28th of February, we were welcomed by smiling faces and mosquitos. No wonder this was and is still one of the malaria belts in Nepal.
The resort itself is situated on the banks of Rapti river. It was already dark when we arrived, but through a search light we could spot a one-horned rhino only 10m away from us. What an amazing view!
We dozed off as we were all very tired because of the bumpy ride. The evening meal was one of the tasty one we’ve had on this journey to Nepal.
The fog and mist from the river welcomed us the next morning. Birds tweets and the greenery just smoothed all our senses. The kids were so happy, that they would run through the garden all the morning. Also they were so busy playing with the stones. After the busy days during the marriage ceremonies in Kathmandu, we felt that we were in paradise.
After the lovely breakfast, I had organized a canoe ride in the Rapti river. The canoe here is made of a single log and is a very simple boat. It is very low and you are just on the surface of water. Even the kids could feel the water for themselves. On the banks of the rivers we could see a lot of crocodiles sun bathing and among them some swimming on the banks. This is what I’ve dreamt with my children, to be in the nature, show them where I come from, what our values are…
After the canoe ride we visited the two elephants from the neighborhood. They were both females with almost 25 yrs old- very calm and patient. Kids enjoyed being with the elephants and feeding them.
Back at the resort, we just trolled the whole evening in the green garden among the mango, lichee and other tropical trees.
We were again visited by 2 one-horned rhinos in the evening.
The next day we went for a jungle safari together. We spotted a lot of deer, a komodo dragon, some lazy and huge crocodiles, an alligator breeding farm, some monkeys, some huge elephants and a lot of variety of birds.
Enjoyed the evening again with the kids in the green. For the third time a huge one horn rhino visited us in the dark again. We enjoyed the lovely food and the great hospitality once again.
After greeting the foggy morning once again, we enjoyed the lovely milk tea and set off for the bumpy ride once again towards the busy Kathmandu.

Bangladesh visit cancellation

Nepal Feb/March 2020 Posted on Sun, March 01, 2020 06:03:40

We had to cancel our much awaited trip to Bangladesh. We had planned Bangladesh visit between both the marriage ceremonies, from 18th Feb to 26th Feb.
On the very first marriage ceremony, on the 17th of Feb, our daughter Subi started vomiting. We first thought, that it was perhaps because of indigestion, since she was quite active and good. The next day she developed diarrhea and the vomiting continued. She had such a massive attack of gastroenteritis, which made her bed ridden. The only good part in this was that she had a good intake of fluid in the beginning. Later on she refused to intake fluids and eat anything. She was so weak in the following days that she could not move her hand and feet due to the weakness because of the dehydration. She couldn’t even speak.
On the 6th day we took her to the hospital to give her intravenous fluids. Then she started recovering slowly. Thus the trip to Bangladesh had to be canceled and the time between the marriages had to be spent at home taking care of the little one.
When I ought to reflect the time positively, it can be seen a great experience to what can come in between when you travel with small kids. This will certainly help us a lot for our dream project.

Nepalese marriage ceremonies

Nepal Feb/March 2020 Posted on Sun, March 01, 2020 05:38:06

Our Nepal visit has a major purpose this time. Both my smaller brothers are married to the love of their lives.
On the 17th February my middle brother married.
Marriage ceremony in Nepal is usually a blast. All the near and dear ones gather together and the whole atmosphere is very loud and colorful.
There is a tradition that the family and the friends of the groom take a procession to bride’s place and bring the bride to groom’s home.
On the 27th February my youngest brother married.
It was a great feast on both the days. Also during the whole period there are a lot of ceremonies. The house is filled with relatives and friends. Singing and dancing goes on through out the whole period.
It was a good and cheerful experience for the whole family.

Flight to Nepal

Nepal Feb/March 2020 Posted on Sun, March 01, 2020 04:26:28

After months long preparations, we are bound to Nepal via Istanbul. We’ve been preparing since days and nights for this flight.
After 24 hrs of medical duty, have no words to explain the tireless days and nights of my wife looking after the kids, and the tireless last minute preparations we were lucky to arrive timely at the airport.
The most challenging job this time was the travel with our two small kids- Subigya (3 yrs old) and Subira (1 year old).
The kids were extremely excited. You could see in their eyes and also in their words. Subigya, our son has been in Nepal for 3 times but this is the first time for our daughter Subira.
Flight from Munich to Istanbul was short, but the kids had to be engaged throughout the flight.
The new Istanbul airport is grand and one has to walk a long way from arrival terminal to departure terminal. There are terminal shortcuts. We asked the airport personal, if we could take the shortcuts, since we had 2 small children. The shortcuts are normally for flight transits shorter than 90 minutes. We were first not allowed since our transit time was still almost 2 hours. But eventually the security personal let us go after a long request. In general we would say that the Turkish airport personal were not so friendly. The venting machine for water bottles were also malfunctioning.
The kids were tired and dehydrated, but we did manage to entertain them.
The flight on bound to Kathmandu was long and turbulent. The turbulence above the mountains of Afghanistan were the worst.
Subu slept almost throughout the flight and Subi could be fed and she slept with breaks in between. Since our boy slept almost throughout the whole flight, managing our one year old daughter was not a problem. My wife could take some rest. I, myself was awake since almost 60hrs.
Landing in Kathmandu airport is always a story in itself. Since the traffic in Kathmandu airport is very busy, aircrafts have to circle in the air and then there are these high mountains all around since Kathmandu is a valley. Our son really got scared and for me it was indeed good job to keep my son quiet as the passengers in the plane were being uncomfortable since the landing time was prolonging.
But the captain indeed did a very safe landing. Once in Kathmandu, it always feels so warm and cosy. But the visa procedure did take a longer time than usual, since the system is now changed in Kathmandu airport.

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