Nepal 92: Insignificance

[This is a chapter from my travel book. There are lots more chapters posted on the blog, but if you’d prefer to read them all at once, sign up for my e-mail newsletter and I’ll be sure to let you know when they’re available in a condensed form!]

We woke up the next morning to blue skies and crisp morning air — by now an expectation, not a surprise.

I brushed my teeth in the brisk dawn, standing outside and taking in the vista while doing so. The mountains in front of us, here, were wonderfully staggered, creating an illusion of movement. Probably the movement of the glacier caused that, I though, before realizing that I really had no idea how glaciers worked. The shape of the mountains could have been the result of anything.

It was true, I didn’t really know much.

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Nepal 39: Hash

Pokhara Cafe

The Malaysian and I played two more games of chess. I eked out a thin win in the second game after he sacrificed his queen in a risky gambit that never paid off, and we played an onerous game of pawns-and-king for the third that should have gone to a stalemate, but ended with an unforced error on my part that allowed him to back me into a corner and checkmate me.

Although the Malaysian took the series 2-1, I felt I had represented myself well, especially considering I hadn’t played serious chess in a year or more.

While we were playing, a small group of spectators had gathered around us. Some of this group were patrons of the cafe, perusing menus and asking questions of the hostess, while others were clearly here just for the chess.

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WordAds Enabled on Site

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Hey y’all.

No entry in “In Praise of Character in the Bleak Inhuman Loneliness” this Friday. As promised, I’m letting the story breathe for a minute before we visit Pokhara. Pokhara is a peaceful place and deserves insulation from the chaos of Kathmandu. Even in cyberspace.

I’d like to take the space to address a change on the site. I have enabled WordAds advertising, which means some of you may be seeing increased advertising on the site. Since my site has reached a moderate level of traffic, running these ads means I may stand a chance to make a little money from this venture. Repay some of the coffees, dirty chais, and flat whites I bought while writing it, anyways.

(I’m lying, no one in America knows how to make a decent flat white. Miss u Ristr8o!)

These ads should look something like the ones above — possibly targeted based on your location or interests, you know how online advertising is.

If you want to disable these ads, that’s totally fine feel free to use adblocking software, if you aren’t already. I won’t hold it against you. That said, if you’d like to DISABLE your adblocker on my website, you’d be doing a small act to show your appreciation of me. That said, the choice is yours, Really.

Please let me know if you are having an overly obnoxious experience with the ads — I can turn them off if I decide they’re too intrusive.

I don’t yet know how much money I can earn per month from this, but research tells me not much more than a couple bucks a month, right now. I may do an earnings breakdown after a few months, just to share the information for aspiring bloggers and other WordPress users.

I have also begun placing Amazon Affiliate Links into my book reviews to attempt to generate income. If you click these links and do any shopping on Amazon (like buy the book), I earn a small percentage commission. My opinion is, of course, unaffected.

Hope to drop a few posts on you this weekend to space out the Nepal stuff; we’ll resume our story on Monday in at the Pokhara bus terminal.


Some Thoughts

Prayer Flags in Front of Himalayas


It’s been two months of Nepal stories on this blog now, and we haven’t even gotten through a week in the country. I guess you all don’t mind though, as I seem to have picked up a good-sized audience for this story. I appreciate it, I really do. It keeps me motivated to keep writing, and spilling my soul into this project.

So thank you all.

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