Thursday, October 30, 2008

Trip to Nepal

This trip was fantastic, and I am sure that I will not be able to do it justice. We toured around Katmandu for 2 days, took a flight to Everest, saw multiple temples, and then went on a 4 day trek in the foothills. The people were so friendly, the landscape beautiful, and Katmandu was utter chaos (okay, maybe the people weren't quite as friendly there, still though!) We experienced the "rustic" elements of the Inca trail again with no electricity one night, squatters (toilets), and this one was new: a no-cold water shower (talk about jumping around the shower to not get scalded to death!)

Highlights included meeting some great people (Lucas from Australia and Chris from the UK), playing cards and the game "Spoons" with about 10 of the guides until we were kicked out of the dining room because people needed to sleep, haggling for carpets (and getting the wrong-end of the deal), and seeing the Himalayas. On one of the last days we had breakfast in a Nepalese home (one of my great-aunt's friends, he and his wife and his brother were so kind!) and dinner with a friend of mine from high school who teaches over there. The country was great, and it definitely goes down as one of our favorite vacations!

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