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PHOTO: Strong alcohol known as Raksi is made by many villagers throughout Nepal, using these large black vessels. http://holeinthedonut.com/2012/07/25/photo-raksi-alcohol-still-kathmandu-valley-nepal/ To view large format image, click on small photo below:
Strong alcohol known as Raksi is made by many villagers throughout Nepal, using these large black vessels
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Tomorrow I'm doing a guest chat on http://Foxnomad.com, the blog of fellow perpetual traveler Anil Polat. Anil hit the road around the same time I did and my blog is hosted on his server, so he's a very important person in my life LOL. From 2-5 p.m. on February 4th, I'll be online to answer any questions you may have about what it's like to travel around the world for seven years.

He's calling it "Ask A Perpetual Traveler 7 Years Later: What It’s Like To Book A One-Way Ticket And Just Go," which is entirely appropriate, since that's exactly what I do. Each year, after spending a few weeks with my family over the holidays, I buy a one-way ticket to a continent and spend the next 10 months wandering around by bus, boat, train, and (if absolutely necessary) plane.

So if you've ever dreamed about traveling like I do but can't conceive of how to do it, or if you'd like to know my tips and tricks for doing what I do, hop over to his blog tomorrow and either leave a comment ahead of the "live" time, or tune in between 2-5 p.m. Anything goes - I'm at your disposal to answer all your questions.
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PHOTO: Vendor sells a variety of dried peas and nuts in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. To view large format image, click on small photo below: http://holeinthedonut.com/2012/07/27/photo-cart-vendor-durbar-square-kathmandu-nepal/
Vendor sells a variety of dried peas and nuts in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal
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NEW BLOG POST: A Brahmin Marriage Ceremony in Nepal is Rife with Tradition and Ritual. In Nepal they have a saying: “Marriage first, love later.” Though love marriages are becoming more common, most marriages are still arranged by the families, and more than 90% of the young women I have spoken to about arranged marriage indicate they prefer this to love marriage. To continue reading the full article, click on the link below:
Video of a marriage ceremony and puja for a Brahmin family in Nepal, a day long, exhausting ceremony full of ritual and tradition,
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PHOTO: Winnowing rice to remove the wheat from the chaff at Changu Narayan, Nepal. To view large format image, click on small photo below:
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PHOTO: Women shell corn at the historic Changu Narayan temple in the eastern Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. To view large format image, click on small photo below:
Women shell corn at the historic Changu Narayan temple in the eastern Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
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PHOTO: Typical Gurung house in the countryside during a trek in the eastern Kathmandu Valley to Nagarkot, Nepal. To view large format image, click on small photo below:
Typical Gurung house in the countryside during a trek in the eastern Kathmandu Valley to Nagarkot, Nepal
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Jessie Voigts at Wandering Educators tells why she's a member of the new Ecodventure Media team, created to promote sustainable tourism: http://www.wanderingeducators.com/global-citizenship/environmental-education/new-way-be-world-ecoadventure-media.html
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Thursday Travel Tidbit: Since airport security regulations seem to be in constant flux, you may want to download the TSA's app for your mobile device. Find out what items are permitted or prohibited, which airports are experiencing general delays and security wait times. Check it out here:
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PHOTO: In Changu Narayan, in the eastern Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, dried corn hangs from eaves to keep it safe from rodents. To view large format image, click on small photo below:
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VIDEO: Traditional Wedding & Puja in Leknath, Nepal. In an arranged marriage, this may only be the second or third time the couple have seen each other. To view the entire video, click on the link below: Traditional Wedding & Puja in Leknath, Nepal
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PHOTO: Women selling vegetables in Kathmandu, Nepal wait patiently for customers. To view large format image, click on small photo below:
Women selling vegetables in Kathmandu, Nepal wait patiently for customers
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After years of working 70-80 hours per week at jobs that paid the bills but brought no joy, a serious illness made Barbara Weibel realize she felt like the proverbial "hole in the donut" - solid on the outside but empty on the inside. After recovering her health, she walked away from her successful but unfulfilling career, sold or gave away most of her material possessions, strapped on a backpack and began traveling around the world in pursuit of her true passions: travel, photography and writing. Stories about her adventures are published on her blog, Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel (http://holeinthedonut.com).