Archive for November, 2010

Gay Travel to Nepal – Pink Mountain Travel and Tours

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Pink Mountain, which  is the first and only travel and tour agency for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender travelers in Nepal  is now offering travel and tour packages for those wishing  to visit Nepal and explore the nature, adventure, pilgrimage, mediation, natural therapy, culture, food, and diversity of one of the most welcoming LGBT friendly countries in Asia. In addition to all the unique travel and tour features, Pink Mountain also offers gay wedding ceremonies, honeymoons and anniversaries for those committed couples and families who want to make these special events memorable forever.

Some of the packages Pink Mountain offers include:
· Wedding ceremonies, honeymoons or anniversaries. Clients can choose from a number of exotic places such as the Everest base camp, the Chitwan National Park with  an elephant Safari, Mustang with Yak and Buddhist Monasteries,  Pokhara with lakes and mountains, Kathmandu with temples, tradition and a techno party or somewhere in a remote village with rural people and traditional ethnic music!

· Rafting, trekking, yoga meditation, natural spa therapies, hot water springs, jungle safaris, volunteer opportunities, side scene, paragliding, mountain flights, cliff bee hunting, pilgrimages and acquaintance to shamanism are some of the activities offered.

The LGBT community in Nepal have legal status, and this was ratified by a Supreme Court decision in December 2007. Despite limited resources the
Blue Diamond Society, and other LGBT organizations in Nepal have been crucial in achieving all the rights that Nepal now enjoys. Pink Mountain works to ensure that all travelers are made welcome regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.  Pink Mountain works very closely with Blue Diamond Society and other LGBT organization in Nepal. Part of the company’s profit will be donated to the Blue Diamond Society or will be used to support other LGBT community needs.

Content provided by Pink Mountain’s Founder, Sunil Babu Pant

Toscana Saporita Cooking School for very gay-friendly cooking classes

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

The Toscana Saporita Cooking School

We recently had the privilege of spending a week with Sandra Lotti and her team at the Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany, just north of Pisa, and very close to the mediaeval town of Lucca. We spent each morning for a week producing some of the dishes that have made Tuscan cuisine famous. Under the guidance and exuberance of Sandra, her assistant Anthony, and son Alessio we were guided through the creation of fresh pasta, including multicolored ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese, stuffed turkey breast, tiramisu, open apple tarts, gnocchi, creme brulee, and a whole host of other goodies, including the preparation of squid and octopus dishes. After a morning of cooking, what better than to sit down and eat everything we had prepared, washed down with local wines, in the company of our fellow classmates!

Sandra Lotti in one of her cooking classes

Afternoons were spent on guided tours to local places of interested, all included in the week’s fee for the course, and then it was back for a three course dinner, with more local wine and a lot of great conversation and laughter.

The school runs weekly classes, catering for up to 16 people each week from May through October. The week we went we were the only gay couple in the group, but it was not an issue, and Sandra let us know that she favored gay groups as they were more fun!

The Toscana Saporita Cooking School would definitely win a Pink Choice Award if we had a category for cooking!