On November 2nd, 2009; The Founder and President of READ- DrAntonia Neubauer - was felicitated by Nepal Tourism Board for her outstandingcontribution in developing rural tourism through literacy.
Sharing her motivation for establishing libraries invillages of Nepal,Dr Neubauer said that the trekking guide inspired her to set up a library inNamche village in 1981. She added that it was due to inspiration from a guidethat she understood the importance of education in Nepal's villages. Sheexplained that READ is about educational, economic and community development asa whole. National Planning Commission former vice-president and Emeritus boardmember of READ Nepal Dr Mohan Man Saiju said READ has been identifying tourismpotential destinations and establishing libraries at those places so as toproduce skilled human resources which can deliver standard services totourists visiting the country. "The libraries have not only developed readingculture in Nepal but alsohelped in disseminating information to tourists visiting Nepal," said
Nepal Library Association president Bhola Kumar Shrestha. He added thatliteracy is one of the important millennium development goals set by thegovernment.
During the ceremony, there was a presence of the CEO ofNepal Tourism Board, Press and Media and READ Nepal well wishers. The news waswidely covered by Nepalmedia.
This is a great honor for READ to berecognized by the government body of Nepal.
We received this wonderful note from Daniel and Evgeniya, who recently returned from their 10-day "Magic of Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca" customized journey with Myths and Mountains. In the spirit of travel, we thought it would be nice to share their experiences with all of you, our adventurous fans. Enjoy!
I am very sorry that I found time to reply only now but as a young mother of a very active eight months old baby I think I have an excuse :)
On behalf of my husband and myself I would like to thankeveryone and especially you for a WONDERFUL trip to Peru. We fall in love with thisbeautiful country. We really enjoyed every moment of being there. The Machu Picchu was amazing and powerful place to be. We got big supply of energy in this mysterious place. I liked the Machu Picchu but the floating islands on lakeTiticaca impressed me themost. When we disembarked from the boat I was able to sayonly: " WOW!!!!" . I wished wecould spend overnight on theislands to get better the culture and thelocal people.
The Peruvian people are veryfriendly and helpful. I like that they are not importunate on the markets. We bought so many good things. I am not a shopaholic but I couldn't stop myself of buying nice stuff there. :) The Peruvian food was absolutely delicious. Finally we tried guinea pig we didn't havetime to do it in Ecuador. We found top end restaurantin Cusco and tried there ravioli with guinea pigand alpaca steak. Where else in theworld you can try such exoticfood? I think nowhere, in Cusco only.
I left my opinion aboutour guides and hotels on the commentpage.
Also I want toshare our story on Titicaca with you. We really enjoyed it at the end but... how it all happened.
The first two hours ofkayaking were enjoyable and pleasantdespite the wind blowing againstus. The third hourwe began to be tired but we almostdidn't stop to take a rest. Thefourth hour I got horrible painin my arms but I the thoughtthat I can"t leave my husband alone, really motivated me to continuerowing. After four hours of kayaking we finally reached theisland. We were exhaustedbut happy. :) For therest of the day and whole night I have experienced the worst pain in my life. I couldn't move my arms at all. The nextmorning I was absolutely fineand happy.
We want to come back to Peru in few years to do Inca trails andspend few days in the jungle and will do it with your company for sure.
Once again, thank you very muchfor the great time we havehad on the land of Incas and unforgettable memories that will be inour hearts for years to come.
Returning to Guayaquil from a week in the Galapagos, we intrepidly rented a car to explore the Ruta Del Sol - Ecuador's coastline. After my first trip to Ecuador I returned home talking about the ruleless roads of Ecuador and vowed to NEVER drive in this country. Here I was a year later on my honeymoon boldly renting a car. Carpe diem. After checking in at the car rental counter, the kind girl said she didn't have the mid-sized car we reserved and was going to have to upgrade us to an SUV. Hallelujah I thought. A bigger car equals more safety. After completing the paperwork, we headed out towards the car. The scariest part was about to begin; getting out of city of Guayaquil. The attendant must have felt sorry for us, or maybe he thought we were crazy, because the sweet and helpful man got in his own car and we followed him to the highway. Exiting Guayaquil we felt the fear dissipate and we kicked back and turned on the I Tunes. Driving in Ecuador turned out to be a breeze.
After 45 minutes of enjoying Bob Marley and driving through desert with tumbleweeds blowing across the road, we were at the beach and cruising the Ruta Del Sol (Road of the Sun).We stopped at a roadside stand for our favorite local dish of humitas, which are similar to corn tamales, and a coca cola. We continued along the Ruta Del Sol, hugging the coastline, crossing over from arid desert to lush jungle, passing through dusty villages, palapa style restaurants and homes, honking at cows and waving at the bicycling children. The long stretches of beach, sandstone cliff line and the rolling waves reminded us of our native Northern California coastline. The views were breathtaking.