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Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

%01 / Pop 1 million / Elev 1337m

For many, stepping off a plane into Kathmandu is a pupil-dilating experience, a riot of sights, sounds and smells that can quickly lead to sensory overload. Whether you’re barrelling through the traffic-jammed alleyways of the old town in a rickshaw, marvelling at the medieval temples or dodging trekking touts in the backpacker district of Thamel, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place.

The 2015 earthquake brought devastation to parts of the city - including Kathmandu's Unesco-listed Durbar Square - but many areas emerged unscathed, and the soul of the city endures. Stroll through the backstreets and Kathmandu’s timeless cultural and artistic heritage will reveal itself in hidden temples overflowing with marigolds, courtyards full of drying chillies and rice, and tiny hobbit-sized workshops.

This endlessly fascinating, sometimes infuriating city has enough sights to keep you busy for a week, but be sure to leave its backpacker comforts and explore the ‘real Nepal’ before your time runs out.

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More Injuries and Violence

Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub

More Injuries and Violence

(Why Horseshoers Are Always Late)

The horse owner told me she wouldn’t be able to meet me, but that the horse would be tied to the pasture fence. At this point, I should have been suspicious: this was a disasterprone customer. Her horse was well behaved and a delight to shoe, but the owner was dangerous to be around. She invariably knocked over things that scared hell out of every horse in the vicinity, or ran her car into a ditch, or left a gate open for all the horses to escape . . . things like that. One time she only hurt herself. She had forgotten to catch her horse for me, and we had to drive my truck up to the top of a hill where we caught him. She should have ridden him down the hill, but chose instead to pull him beside the truck, while she sat in the cab holding his lead rope in her hand. She hoped the horse would come with us. I recommended against this. All went well until the girl enthusiastically stuck her arm out the window to wave at someone. She waved it right in her horse’s face. The horse, of course, freaked out and pulled back. Instead of letting go of the rope, the girl held on as it sang through her hand. When the pain finally broke through to her disorganized mind, she let go. I stopped the truck and told her to open her hand so I could see the extent of the damage. She wouldn’t open it. Half an hour later, I was able to convince her to open it, both of us expecting a half-inch-deep bloody groove through the middle of her palm. The damage was minimal, however, and I patched it up with my ever-ready first aid kit. Not that it matters in the long run, but all of this cost me an extra hour and caused me to be an hour late to my next appointment where the owner petulantly asked me why it was that horseshoers were always late.

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34. Earn-a-Bike Programs: Lessons from Chicago’s West Town Bikes by John Greenfield

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

John Greenfield

Across North America, dozens of nonprofit community bicycle shops are using earn-a-bike programs to teach mechanics, road safety, and life skills to underserved youth.

“It broadens their perspectives and teaches them the world is accessible,” says Alex Wilson, founder and director of Chicago’s West Town Bikes and a self-declared “bike freeek” (his spelling). “They learn you can take an old bike, fix it up, and use it for transportation. Meanwhile, they’re learning job skills and responsibility.”

There are approximately eighty earn-a-bike programs in the United States and about twenty in Canada. In a typical class, staff or volunteers teach students how to fix up old bikes, often abandoned cycles donated by building managers or other nonprofit organizations. The kids learn to take apart, clean, reassemble, and adjust the different systems of the bikes, including the drivetrain, wheels, bearings, brakes; they also learn maintenance skills like fixing flats.

Most programs also include bike-safety instruction, rides, and field trips. “We make a point of taking kids on rides to schools, colleges, and workplaces,” says Wilson. “Being able to discover your city by bike is a pretty fantastic thing.” After completing an earn-a-bike course, usually a month or two long, students get the satisfaction of keeping the bikes they have fixed up themselves.

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Chapter 9

Bean, Leon Leonwood Down East Books ePub

Chapter 9

How to Hunt Woodcock

No state in the country offers better woodcock hunting than Maine. The birds are found in all of the coastal counties, in the central section and to some extent in the north. In addition to the thousands of woodcocks that breed and raise families in our birch and alder thickets all of the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia birds cross Maine on their Fall migration to the southern wintering grounds.

The heaviest concentrations of woodcock are undoubtedly in the expansive covers of Washington County in the eastern part of the state. In the early part of October native birds are found in almost every birch and alder stand. The coastal part of Hancock County also affords excellent shooting. There are many large covers in that section of the state; areas so large that a hunter can spend the better part of a day in one cover.

One day’s bag limit of four Woodcock.

In the central and western parts of Maine the hunting, for the most part, will be in smaller sections. Lincoln, Knox, Waldo and parts of Kennebec County also afford excellent shooting, mainly in covers that hold from four to a dozen birds at the beginning of the season; more when the flight is underway. Many of these are large enough to accommodate a hunting party of four; others can best be hunted by two men.

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Part I

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF

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