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Dall’Asia all’Europa in Autostop – Memoria 10 – Annapurna Trail in Nepal

July 08, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Italiano, Journey to the West, Nepal, Travels Visited: No Comments →

Dopo aver viaggiato dall’Asia all’Europa via terra e facendo l’autostop, ho visto tante, troppe belle cose, situazioni e posti. Ho dunque deciso di proporvi una serie di post che mostrino quel che mi e’ piaciuto o mi ha colpito di piu’. Possono essere citta’, posti, locali, ristoranti, situazioni, esperienze, persone, qualsiasi cosa. Lo scopo e’ di mostrarvi una bella foto (opera di Kit Chan) e raccontare brevemente una delle nostre esperienze. Credo che non vi sara’ difficile cercare dei voli economici per poi lanciarvi in nuove, simili avventure.Ecco la decima foto, una vista montana a mezza strada sul cammino per il Campo Base di Annapurna, in Nepal:

Nepal – Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Sebbene sia commerciale, costoso, pieno di famiglie, vecchi, bambini e stranieri isterici dal cappuccino facile, l’Annapurna Trail rimane una delle rotte montane piu’ spettacolari che io abbia mai praticato. Sicuramente lontana dalla spedizione che poteva essere un par di decenni fa, la camminata di dieci giorni (andata e ritorno) passa tra i sentieri di montagne che tolgono il fiato… e sono completamente diverse da qualsiasi montagna abbiate visto in altre parti dle mondo. L’Himalaya, my friends, rimane il prodigio che e’.

Esperienza indimenticabile:  Togliersi le scarpe ogni sera dopo giornate da otto, nove ore di cammino. Un momento imperdibile, soprattutto se, come nella foto, la guesthouse dove starete e’ impiacciata su un bricco con una vista cosi’… l’alba e il tramonto danno una concreta idea di che cosa possa essere il sedersi a bere un the con un Dio potenzialmente rilassato.

Crime Wave Press: an interview with co-founder Tom Vater Part 2

August 11, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, Interviews, Iran, Nepal Visited: No Comments →

Tom Vater in Phnom Penh - picture by Conor Wall

Second and last part of an interview with a new independent publisher who is trying to kick the corporate media world’s bum by releasing hard hitting, pulpy Noirs with Asian settings. I am talking about Crime Wave Press based in Hong Kong and brainchild of travel and Asian focused writer Tom Vater.

The obvious question: did you travel along the Hippy Trail? If so, how was it?

I traveled from Kathmandu to Istanbul overland in 1998 and did other sections of the overland trail at various times. The long trip took about three months – fantastic experience. Witnessing the US play Iran during the 1998 football world cup, in a hotel in Esfahan, was a highlight I later wrote about – and I ended up playing a match with a small team of other travelers against local security forces on the world’s largest square! I think we lost, national honour was at stake. (more…)

Crime Wave Press: an interview with co-founder Tom Vater Part 1

August 03, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, India, Interviews, Nepal Visited: 1 Comment →

Tom Vater in Phnom Penh - picture by Conor Wall

 I recently got word that a new independent publisher is trying to kick the corporate media world’s bum by releasing hard hitting, pulpy noirs with Asian settings. I am talking about Crime Wave Press based in Hong Kong and brainchild of travel and Asian focused writer Tom Vater.  The first two books are his own works of fiction. The first, “The Devil’s Road to Khatmandu”, is the grungy comeback of four infamous hippy trail beaters to the crime scene in a changed contemporary Nepal.  A drug deal gone bad in the past swings back to the present like a high altitude Himalayan trek on acid, leaving no prisoners. The second novel, “The Cambodian Book of the Dead”, is the first episode of Detective Meier’s adventures: sent on the hunt for the heir to a coffee empire in Cambodia, the German private eye will get entangled with a crazy war criminal whose hideous career spans back to Nazi Germany and collides to the present of a nation recovering fast from genocide…
If you love Asia and pulp like I do, these two books should definitely become part of your Kindle’s top 10, as they are easily available through Amazon.com as eBooks. I decided to reach Tom Vater, the man in the dark hat, to ask some more questions about his books and Crime Wave press… (more…)

How to get a Bangladesh visa in Kathmandu

April 26, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Journey to the West, Nepal, Travels Visited: 3 Comments →

As I had to go through the process of applying for a Bangladesh visa in Kathmandu, Nepal, I decided to share my experience on Monkeyrockworld. After India enforced its immigration rules and applied a mandatory 2 months gap among two consecutive visits to the country on a double or multiple entry tourist visa, there has been a lot of imprecise information about travel to what are defined as “neighboring countries”. Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh all fall under this category.

My quest started back in Malaysia, as I was planning my Journey to the West’s Indian subcontinent leg: I wanted to enter India flying to Kolkata, cross the country westwards, enter Nepal from Uttarkhand state in India, exit Nepal at its easternmost side; then, continue to travel in Northeast India before finally entering Bangladesh. (more…)

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