Pondering Nepal

by Anna Blanch on February 4, 2012

I’ve been thinking alot about changing or adding destinations to the overland to oz itinerary – it is still very much a work in progress. In light of discussions with a development organization the idea of adding Nepal came up. I hadn’t really thought about how that would look on a map – so the first port of call was to pull it up through google maps and plot out the most logical route. Logic in this case being oh-so-relative.

As you can see….Moscow to Nepal would involve travelling through pretty much every one of the -stan countries.

Yeah, no. I’m thinking that this wouldn’t be the best route for a woman travelling on their own.

So, I took a long from the other side:

This is markedly better, of course. The prospect of Burma, Bangladesh and Bhutan is much better…but given that the larger premise is to travel overland from Scotland to Australia, this is really 2000km out of my way. It’s definitely one I’ll file away for the future though – maybe a trip from Asia across the sub continent to Turkey or something like that?

I’m very interested in hearing from development or missions organizations about visiting projects during this trip. My interest is both personal and one of wanting to photograph and write about life and culture as I travel. Email me on anna(at)goannatree.com and we’ll talk some.

Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting.

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Traveller. Scholar. Photographer. Writer. Dreamer. Teacher. Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. Overland to Oz is a crazy adventure marked with photos and word and inspired by the incredible women in Anna’s family, especially her late grandmother, whom she knew as Nan-Nan.


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  • Chris Porter

    I know of several missos in Nepal, and even a few from Canberra…

    The Myanmar part of that second journey will be the harder section i think.

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