Pick it up

I was walking into Bexhill town when I spotted this:

Dog walkers need to clean up after their pets

A walk through Stoke Newington

I’ve been spending a lot of time over in norff London of late. I think it’s a bit more happening than down here in the south. Maybe that’s because I’m secretly a hipster and aspire to be cool. The other day I found Camden Passage over in Islington which reminded me of the Brighton Laines and visited the third of the Breakfast Clubs for a spot of brunch.

I took a walk in Abney cemetery over in Stoke Newington. It was one of the seven magnificent garden cemeteries in London and now a woodland nature reserve and spied some green parrots eating from a bird feeder. I didn’t realise that there was a big parrot population here in London.

After pottering around in Stoke Newington I decided to walk to Liverpool Street station. It wasn’t a hard – I just had to go in one straight line. It took me a little over an hour and 30mins – but I did stop to peruse a vintage shop and pick up some raspberries at a local street market. After walking through Stokie, I went through Dalston, onto Shoreditch and hopped on a bus from Liverpool Street station to Waterloo. I know it shouldn’t, but it always surprises me at how close places are in London.

My top tip for London – don’t take the underground. Take the buses or walk. You get to see more.

Monks praying at the Boudhanath, Kathmandu

Waiting for a divine intervention

I feel that I know the Boudha quite well now. My group and I were stuck in Kathmandu as the weather was too bad for us to fly to start our Everest Base Camp trek at Lukla. Being stuck for six days, we had pretty much exhausted all there was to see in Kathmandu. The problem was that we had to hang around in case the weather broke and we had to hurry to the airport. So we hung around here instead and watched the world go around in one of the many roof top cafes.

The Boudhanath is one of the holiest sites in Kathmandu and is a very popular tourist attraction. Built in around 5AD, the Boudhanath is on an ancient trading route from Tibet. Many merchants have stopped off, rested and offered their prayers for centuries, and is still an important site for Tibetan Buddhists. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It’s huge! It’s 40m height and 100m wide making it one of the biggest stupas in the world. I didn’t want to take any chances and joined with the Tibetans and walked around the stupa three times hoping to start our trek without any disasters. I think Buddha must have heard me as we did our trek in record time and all got back in once piece.

I also made some video diaries while on my travels through Nepal. Although my camera work isn’t the best here, I thought I’d share this with you. Enjoy!