Traveling long distances for work is key to many academic jobs. However, traveling during the Festive Season has its challenges. Getting your tickets in time from the university-appointed travel agency is one of them. Getting tickets to go to Heathrow took me a week, due to range of minor human errors and my family forbidding me to work on Christmas Day and Boxing. Having received the bus tickets on the day of travel, the coach to Heathrow broke down half way, raising my anxiety level.
In Nepal, travel issues are usually traffic issues. In the dry season Kathmandu is dusty and polluted (one of my colleagues said it is the fifth most polluted city in terms of air quality in the world). Outside Kathmandu on the Highway to India the scary bits are the narrow winding roads with little opportunity to overtake slow moving lorries going up the mountains, but people still do. The pictures show the equivalent of the M1 or M6 in the UK. Not quite what one would expect a Highway to look like. And it really does not that we recently submitted a paper about road traffic injuries in Nepal. Sometimes know less is better!