Kathmandu Field Trip – Saying Hello To Everest

The natural beauty of Nepal is beyond what pictures can capture. Let me try with a few pictures of my flight to Mount Everest yesterday:

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Jeff Testa & Ken Haldeman have joined me on the Nepal/India segment of my trip. Grateful to have close friends joining me….travelling alone is great but only for so long…

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Soulja, our helpful flight attendant. People from Nepal are striking…

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I always get stuck by the wing….

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this pic not my doing….way too good. Stunning.

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My new “Everest Family”…they drove by bus all the way from Calcutta. Yes, we entertained them with our silliness.

Fresh Food Markets – Laos

WARNING – Some of the following images may not be suitable for young or queasy viewers
(in the Blog Business, this is known as a TEASE…)

Whole Foods

Bad camera work, but hopefully you get the gist….

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Snakes

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Tastes like chicken?

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Tastes like iguana?

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in all of Asia people do not say “takeout”….this is “take away”…

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Luang Prabang morning market

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Frogs DO taste like chicken, don’t they?

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Meat section.

Post Script – Please congratulate Alison Svoboda as the “winner, winner, chicken dinner” of the Find Waldo – 2nd Edition. Tee shirt on the way, Alison!

The Finding Waldo Game Wandering Capitalist Style – 2nd Edition

Congratulations to my three good friends – Jim Geikie, Paul Alviti, and Scott Barnard – for correctly naming Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the first addition of Finding Waldo, Wandering Capitalist style.

Tee shirts on the way!

2nd addition – please name the capital city that I find myself in now….

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Former French Colony….the French were real good at building monuments to themselves in their conquered lands…here another Arc de Triomphe.

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View from top.

Independence in 1953. Monarchy out and turned Communist in 1975.

Land Locked country severely limits economic activity of their 6.5 million people. GDP per capita one of the lowest in the world at approx. $1400. Main sources of income are electric generation & metals export.

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Salt factory.

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Buddhist country…

So where am I? I am in the capital city of this truly interesting & engaging country (click on pics for bigger look).

Winner = Wandering Capitalist Tee shirt!

Shoutout to Ayele Shakur & then a “finding Waldo” contest

The talented Opp Napapron
The talented Opp Napapron

Ayele is the Executive Director of BUILD – Greater Boston, the non profit organization that I am supporting during The Wandering Capitalist’s 2014 fundraising campaign. Their mission is simple and powerful – “to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success.”

Ayele – thanks for the work you and the folks at BUILD our doing to help the Boston community at the grass roots level…where the rubber hits the road.

Please take a moment to learn a little bit about BUILD. Go to www.thewanderingcapitalist.org & then look for the BUILD logo on the left hand side next to my picture & click on it. You can also go to their site directly at www.BuildinBoston.org.

A note about the sign – I met Opp at the beach in Ko Samui, Thailand. When I told her what I was doing, she was happy to help out and produce the sign at a very discounted price. No, I would not expect her to do it for free. Entrepreneurship with a heart to help out. That is all you can ask of people. Thank you Opp.

And now to the contest. Can anyone figure out in what city this picture was taken? The first person (who I haven’t told that I was going there) with the right answer gets a free Wandering Capitalist Tee shirt along with 10 complimentary “Material Applications” lip balms mailed to your home.

Easy killer, slow down…don’t get too excited, you’ll hurt yourself!

Playing Waldo - where am I?
Playing Waldo – wher am I?

You can click on the pic to blow it up.

Now some interesting hints on this location:

1. This is the capital city of a country which is 65% Muslim, 20% Chinese, and 15% Hindu Indian
2. They all get along and therefore the economy grows (go figure). GPD per capita comes in at a respectable US$10,380 ($15,000 is considered a requirement for “developed country” status…they target 2020 for this achievement).

Now for some facts I found interesting:

3. If you are Muslim, it is against the law to change religions.
4. By law, Muslim men can marry up to 4 wives. Indians and Chinese can only have one.

My comment – this may seem weird to most from western cultures, but again, everyone seems to get along…and the standard of living continues to rise. Do what works. Norms are different in different parts of the world.

OK – where am I??

Learning as I go about blogging – email followers go to blog to view videos

so when I post a video it shows up in the emails just like a picture. there will be a link…either at the bottom or the title…that if you click it will go to the blog and you can see the vids…for now on, in the post, I will inform you if some of the pics are actually videos. For example – The Bagan sunrise and sunset blog below contains two cool videos…check them out. There have been several others also….all good I think/hope…although Tarantino ain’t losing sleep, I assure you.

Other housecleaning:

If you want to see where I have been so far, go to my home page at www.thewanderingcapitalist.org…and click on the “itinerary” button on the left hand side. then go to Travel map, and viola! I try to keep it up to include my very NEXT stop…

Also, below the buttons on the left is the BUILD logo. Click on it to check out what they do, will ya? what they do is cooler than Began…and not as hot on your feet! Donating a couple of bucks will make you feel good…try it, you just may like it.

Adios for now.

Brian

PS bonus pic – a look see into one of the Pagodas:

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Sunrise and Sunset in Bagan, Myanmar

Don’t forget to pack bare feet when visiting Bagan.

Super cool place. You can feel the energy. Bagan is an ancient city in the Mandalay region of Myanmar dating from the 9th century. With over 4000 Pagodas and Stupas, it is one of the major archaeological regions in the world.

Bonus points for anyone who can tell me the difference between a Pagoda and a Stupa (This is what you call good Buddhist trivia).

In each structure is a statue of Buddha. No shoes allowed inside and the ground is smoking hot!

Here are a video and pic from sunrise:

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And sunset:

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