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The Waiting Land: A Spell in Nepal

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The Waiting Land is an exploration of Nepal by a feisty, generous-hearted young Irish woman in the spring of 1965. The third in a series of books tracing Dervla's involvement with the self-sufficient mountain cultures of the Himalayas, she is lured by the chance to work again with Tibetan refugees - this time a group of five hundred lodged in tents in the remote Pokhara va ...more
ebook, 223 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Eland (first published 1968)
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When I moved to Singapore a few months ago, I wasn’t sure if there was a library system or not, so packed along a box of books from my "bought them and will get around to reading them someday” shelf. The Waiting Land was among them, and as I’m finally taking the family to Kathmandu this Christmas, I thought I would read this before going.

It’s a fascinating and extremely well-written story, but one can imagine my surprise when about 20 pages in, I began seeing my usual vertical pencil lines in
After thoroughly enjoying Murphy’s Where the Indus is Young, I thought I’d hop straight into another of her travelogues. The Waiting Land has me split in the middle, as it focuses more on the human geography, rather than the physical, which is what enchanted me o much with her trip to Baltistan. However, there are some beautiful glimpses of Nepal’s wilderness. Most of all, this book is missing Rachel’s humour!
Wonderful travel diary by an Irish woman who moved to Nepal in the 70s to help Tibetan refugees. She seems to have a knack for adventure, a love of nature, and a talent for understated humour:

"Sept 18. Today I distinquished myself by getting lost for eight hours."
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Dervla Murphy is an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books for over 40 years. She is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Murphy normally travels alone and unaided, without luxuries and depending on the hospitality of local people. When not travelling, Murph
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