love the innocence of the people. At
the hotels you run off the honor system.
You want something to eat, write it on your bill.
You take something from the store, write it down.
One woman added up my bill, in my favor.
I told her the correct amount and gave her the money.
She gave me too much change. Everything
is so cheap you just can't cheat these people, plus it's bad karma.
Jenny and I celebrated our Dad's b-days (same day, if you can believe
that!) by eating chocolate cake. Happy
I could have spent a week at the
in Tatopani where the fireflies were hanging out, but took advantage of
2-days instead. I bought a
cool sarong there and now I'm running around like a little hippy chick!
It snowed three times on my treks and made me sad to miss the winter back
home. The first snow was the
night before we crossed the Thorung La pass (17,764'), the morning we left
Annapurna Base Camp and at Gokyo.
I finished my ACAP trek I chilled in Pokhara for a few days, went rafting
on the Kali Gandaki for 3-days and then had to get right back out there.
I couldn't leave without seeing Everest.
I had 1-day in
and then left for the Khumbu Region the next day.
The 14-hour bus ride was incredible.
I sat next to a woman who held two small children on her lap the
entire way. The isle filled
with locals. An older couple
across the way took turns hurling into a plastic bag.
My perception was really jaded and I was raving to my new trekking partner
about how great the food and accommodation would be.
Hmmmnnn... after day
three I became doubtful. This
was a different trek.
We started in Jiri and the trek itself was tough.
We formed a Khumbu family of eight in the first several days of
trekking. Once we got to
Namche Bazaar the crowd changed dramatically, because all of the clean
people just arrived from the airport and there were huge tours with groups
of ten or more people. It was
am impressed by the number of senior citizens trekking in the Khumbu!