Contact Barbara Weibel at Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel

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239 thoughts on “Contact Barbara Weibel at Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel”

  1. Hello Sir,

    I am Faisal Khan from India.
    i have done my Graduation In Botany and Zoology and aspire to become a Traveller like you.
    I am very well inspired from you as I have watched a lot of videos of World Traveller on Youtube.
    All I need is a guidance from you for my next step.
    As in I am still ready to study further more but a little confused about the subject or course I should opt for.
    According to you which subject I should pursue which you think would help me in Travel.
    And what after that.

    Please Sir help me out with ma issues.
    I am Born 2 Travel just like you but not in proper sense in what steps to take.
    I want you to guide and help me to make a glorious career in travel.
    I’ll be waiting for your reply Sir.

    Thank You..!!

    • Hi Faisal. I’m sorry, but I’m not qualified to give you such advice. However, I do strongly suggest that you complete your education before hitting the road. A university degree will never harm, and you might find it useful later in life, if you spend a few years traveling.

  2. Hello, looking to drive someone’s car from Wisconsin to Florida anytime now, it’s Febr. 3, 2014., may be a bit out of season but….
    I am 55 years old with an excellent driving record, no accidents, no speeding tickets. Have a US, Swiss and international driver’s license. .Going to the Villages, specifically. Thank you!!

  3. Hello Webmaster,

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    • Hello Sam: So sorry, but all my content is written by me, about the destinations I visit and the people I meet.

  4. Hey there,

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  5. Barbera, I really appreciate your site. My wife and I are interested in moving to Pokhara. I have been there before but only for a week. We work for ourselves and good internet (no outages is vitally important to my work). Assuming I have a generator, when there is a power outage will the internet still work (again I will get a generator and/or UPS)?

    Is the power situation improving? If you can get back to me on this I would be grateful.

    Best Regards,
    Chris in Shanghai

    • Hi Chris: In my opinion, the situation is not going to improve any time soon. Though Nepal has tremendous capacity for electrical generation via hydroelectric, they do not have the money or expertise to build additional plants. Thus, when temperatures drop and the water freezes in the mountains, the flow of water in the rivers is reduced and the amount of power generated is severely curtailed, necessitating load shedding each day. In the summer it can be as little as four hours per day but by November it is 16 hours per day. That said, everyone has generators, and if they are smart enough, their routers are hooked up to the devices that will run when the power is off. There is good bandwidth available, for those willing to pay, so with a generator it is possible to have uninterrupted Internet. The best wifi in town is at Blue Planet Lodge. They are friends of mine – go talk to the owner Ram and tell him I referred you.I am sure he will be happy to help in any way he can and he is an extremely honest, trustworthy man. Hope that helps, and best of luck to you.

  6. Hi Barbara! I’m so glad to have come across your blog – feels like a kindred spirit. I, too, have some gray in my hair and gypsy in my blood. I’m a travel photographer and writer who made a 90-day road trip following the entire course of the Mississippi River from the headwaters to the Gulf. (90 days because that’s how long it takes a single drop of water to make that journey). I’d love it if you would visit my blog at http://www.gayleharper.wordpress.com – a great place to start would be here http://bit.ly/SurrMinn as that’s where I began a series called “Roadtripping with a Raindrop.”

    I have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the design, layout and printing of the book about this adventure, titled “Surrendering to Serendipity.” If you could find it in your heart to help me spread the word about this campaign, I would appreciate it very much! There’s a quick little video on this Kickstarter site that tells the story and shows some of the photography – hope you can find a minute to visit it! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/328392966/surrendering-to-serendipity

    Thanks, Barbara, for anything you can do! Gayle (feel free to email also if you like)

    • Hi Gayle: So happy you enjoy my blog. Your project sounds absolutely fascinating but unfortunately my editorial policy dictates that all my content be about destinations visited and the people met along the way. Feel free to post the project on my Facebook Page, if you like, and the very best of luck with your Kickstarter campaign.

  7. Hi Barbara

    I happen to come across your website and am travelling to Nepal in December to volunteer in a monastery. I was wondering if you know anything about volunteeraidnepal? Ass with most organisations all the information seems 100% legit but I’d like to get an “insiders’ opinion?

    Thanks a mil
    [email protected]

    • Hi there.

      I’m originally a Nepalese born Bhutanese Refugee & i lived my entire life in a eastern region of Nepal which is a border side to india.
      I and along with all of my family members had a chance to migrate to United States of America in December 16, 2009. We are currently living in here at Charlotte, North Carolina.
      What i was trying to insist you on was “You really should have visited this refugees & you’d have discovered a lot more interesting topics” You would be able to read what Nepalese life is for the citizens and every individual in the country Nepal.

      • Hi Eddie: I’ve spent a lot of time in Nepal (months every year), living with a local family, so I have learned quite a lot about the culture. I’ve also been to five different refugee camps, and have friends there as well. However I’ve not been to the far eastern part of the country yet.

  8. MS. WEIBEL
    I am going to go to SE Asia for 4 months starting in December 2013. Have read your writings now for some time and may I say I really enjoyed them. You mentioned in a recent article that you carry 25 LBS. of electronics; if it is not too much trouble could you elaborate on what that is.
    Thanks
    Ronnie G Adamson

    • Hi Ronnie:
      My mid-size (no frame) backpack weighs about 25 pounds, though it holds more than just my electronics. I carry a 13″ MacBook Pro, Canon DSLR camera, three lenses, an assortment of camera filters, storage cards for the camera, 3 TB backup hard drive, two smaller thumb drives, phone sim cards from various countries, iPhone, earphones, electrical adapters, flashlight, and all the ancillary cords, batteries, chargers, wifi extenders, etc. that go with the equipment.

      Additionally, it holds my documents (tickets, passport, copies of all my important stuff like drivers license and passport, etc), wallet, receipt portfolio (I have to track expenses, as this is a business), spiral notebook, moleskin notebook, pens, a few cosmetic items (lipstick, chapstick, comb, foldable toothbrush, mini toothpaste, kleenex, wet wipes), expandable carry bag that scrunches down to a small size, business cards, extra eyeglasses, and two eyeglass cases.

      When I fly the discount airlines I need to get it down to 10 kilo (22lbs), so I move some of it into my 22″ rolling suitcase, thus I also carry a portable scale to check if the luggage is under weight. I also carry a tripod, which is in my suitcase, but all the other electronic eqpt. stays in my backpack and is NEVER checked. Hope that helps.

  9. My company, Kiwi Collection,is a luxury reservation engine that writes a popular luxury travel blog (www.kiwicollection.com/blog). I am hoping we can partner to increase exposure for both sites. I’d love to write a guest post on your blog and in return I could provide you with a guest post on our blog. This would improve both of our websites organic search rankings.

    • Hi Jennifer: So sorry, but all my content is reserved for stories about the places I visit and the people I meet along the way. I don;t accept guest posts.

  10. To whom it may concern –

    In the past month the Ritz Carloton Palm Beach was rebrand Eau Palm Beach. Your website was kind enough to link to our site and we would appreciated if you could change the links on the following pages to redirect to http://eaupalmbeach.com/

    https://holeinthedonut.com/2009/09/24/ritz-carlton-hotel-palm-beach-florida/

    I have attached a letter detailing the change in ownership. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Sincerely,

    John Cashman

    • Thank you for letting me know, John. I have changed the link and added an author’s note at the bottom of the article to inform readers about the rebranding.

  11. Dear Barbara, you are amazing. I am so happy to read your investigative article on 3sisters. This article started me to focus on you. Your presentation, your world view and your courage is really something special. I am from Nepal.

    Will be happy to get updates from you and will follow your new posting.

    with regards,
    Hari
    Documentary filmmaker and education activist.
    Kathmandu

    • Thank you Hari. I appreciate the support because, since I published this story, much has been going on in the background. They threatened me bodily harm, hired a “mediator” who turned out not to be impartial, have reported me to the authorities in Nepal, have secured the help of a U.S. based attorney and are threatening to sue me, they confronted the French man who told me the history the last time he was in Nepal and have continued to try to get him to make me take the story down, and most recently, they hunted down one of the girls in my video and threatened to have her arrested. Through it all, they have taken absolutely no responsibility for their wrongdoing and continue try to manipulate the situation. Meanwhile, the three sisters have apparently washed their hands of any involvement, saying that the NGO is managed by another woman and they have no knowledge of any of this. Sadly, what that means for me is that it is no longer safe for me to return to Nepal and I miss seeing my family there, but someone has to stand up to the corruption or it will never change.

  12. I just read your piece about the Zacatecao Museum of Huichol Indian Art & Culture and we would really like to contact them (we have some rare photographs from the 1930-1940s that we would like to donate), but I can’t find any contact information – would you have a phone number or address for them? thanks!!

  13. Hi,

    Hello to you!

    I think you have removed my link from your website, but I have kept yours. Anyways, I have just recently decided to migrate my blog out of blogger into my own domain. I’m currently updating my migrated content and I would like to know if you are still interested in exchanging links?

    Blog: PauTravels
    Old Link: http://www.pautravels.blogspot.com
    NEW Link: http://www.pautravels.com

    I look forward for a response from you. Should I not hear from you within a month’s time, I’ll remove your link from my blogroll

    Thanks.
    Paul

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  17. I just wanted to tell you how much I admire your courage to live the life you want. How you took the bull by the horns and followed your soul.

    In 2011, at the ripe old age of 46, having never ever gone anywhere in my life, I decided to check off item number one my bucket list. So I the spring and summer and trained myself into better shape, and then in October 2011 took off to Nepal to do the Everest Base Camp trek.

    When I returned, life had a surprise for me. I wrote a book based on my Everest adventure.

    Now, all I want to do is like you did, strap on a backpack and see the world.

    Thank you for inspiring us all.

    Scott

    • Hi Scott: Travel is an amazing, wonderful thing. But anyone who has ever traveled extensively will agree that it changes you in ways that you cannot anticipate. After my first round-the-world trip, there was absolutely no way I could go back to corporate life. Sounds like you had the same experience. Congratulations on your book! That’s something I definitely want to do.

  18. Hi Barbara,

    I was wondering if you can recommend me a travel (art and culture) guide that could help me plan my trip to Europe this summer. I am interested in museum exhibitions, galleries and/or art and cultural events in the major cities across Europe.
    A few years ago while I was living in Eastern Europe I used to travel twice a year all over Europe looking for amazing spots and interesting local experiences. I would like to add a cultural touch to my traveling this time.
    I would appreciate if you good give links to website or ideas on how to plan my trip.

    Thank you in advance and have a great day.

    • Hi Adrian: I’ve been racking my brains, but the truth is that I don’t ever consult guide books. I prefer to explore on my own and find my own opportunities. I guess my best suggestion is to do some Google searches for culture and museums in Europe.

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