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Suzi Richer

Pollen Analyst – Environmental Archaeologist – Communicating the environment

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That was my photograph on the home page, small, but it was definitely mine. It was 6:15, I was awake and struggling to breathe. I’d had a similar experience a couple of weeks ago, but that was from lack of oxygen at altitude. Today, I just had a cough and very block-up nose. Not wanting […]

Nepelese Women Skill Development Project

You never know what a chance encounter in a bar may bring. Jim was chatting to a Australian girl, Sheng Fe (I hope if I’ve spelt that correctly), when I sat down and joined them. ‘I bought this today,’ she said holding up a beautifully woven bag. ‘It was only 600 rupees and all the […]

Festival of Colours

‘Do you want to change the flights and go to the Festival in Pokhara?’ Hayley asked us last night. We’d found out that there was a festival happening in Pokhara today and there was a chance to fly there a day earlier than planned to make it. So, we were up at 4:45am and in […]

Hot water

Monday 25th March Hot showers. Amazing. Something so simple, but something we’ve been without since leaving Kathmandu 22 days ago. The tea house in Jomsom, where we’re staying, has an amazing solar hot water system. I’m finally clean.

Yak Donald’s?

Sunday 24th March ‘It’s just another tea house,’ says Hayley, as we descend the dusty path towards Kagbeni. ‘You didn’t expect a drive thru did you?’ Sheepishly, James, Jim and I all admit that we were, perhaps, expecting a little more of a yak themed, local, McDonald’s-style restaurant…with yak milk shakes and yak burgers… rather […]

‘No tea house here’

Saturday 23rd March ‘You want rest?’ came a lady’s voice from the flat roof above us. At least that was what I heard. We had paused outside her house for Jim to take a photo of the street. James, Jim and I had taken the morning off and we were meandering through the narrow streets […]

Bows and arrows

Friday 22nd March Today is a small festival in Jhong, celebrating archery. The same festival is also celebrated in other areas of Nepal at different times of the year. A small group of about 20 people enter the square, the lama, the competitors and also a few people wearing traditional tibetan dress. After the lama […]

Thorong La

Thursday 21st March Yesterday we came over the Thorong La pass, the high point, quite literally, of the Around Annapurna Trek at 5416m. I asked Dil what ‘Thorong La’ means. The ‘La’ part is a pass, which you can tell from looking at a map. The peak next to the pass is ‘Thorong Peak’. Dil […]

Lack of oxygen

Wednesday 20th March My heart is pounding and I’m gasping for breathe in an atmosphere with reduced oxygen. I follow Jim’s feet, not having the courage or energy to look up. We’re climbing from Thorang Phedi (photo above) to High Camp (photo below), a climb of 400m straight up, ready to cross the pass tomorrow. […]

The land of the yak

We’ve only experienced yak through food, cheese and meat, and also through hide, fur and heads – until today. Every time we’ve passed a big cow we’ve been asking Dil and Sanda, ‘Is that a yak?’ Today, finally, the response was, ‘Yes, well it’s a Nak.’ A nak is a female yak. The yaks only […]

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