Last week I was privileged to have the chance to travel out of the Kathmandu Valley and into the Middle Hills in the district of Gorkha. I went with staff of PHASE Nepal, an excellent charity working hard to support health care provision and also encourage improvements in agriculture and education. We set out early in two vehicles and negotiated the congested streets, picked up eight sacks of garlic cloves and began the long slow descent from Thankot along Kathmandu’s main supply route, which is only two lanes wide. The uphill lane is frequently blocked by steaming overheated old trucks that fail to cope with the climb. There was plenty for time for chitchat and banter in various traffic jams but the time passed pleasantly. I was able to enjoy advice from the Buddha and titter over a bus claiming to be a Semi Seliper – 100% non-stop.