OYOP: Two and a Half Weeks of Adventures in Nepal
I have admittedly gotten a little behind on the blog. I think subconsciously it is because I knew this would be the last OYOP blog post that I would write, and naturally, that’s when procrastination started to rear its ugly head. Tomorrow, after spending the last 4 months in Asia, we will head for Europe, where we will spend one month in one city: Barcelona, Spain. We have decided to stop traveling every few days (and stop blogging) and instead, trade life on buses and trains for life in one place for a while. We intend to soak up the Barcelona life slowly, embracing our wine and cheese enthusiast tendencies along the way.
As excited as I am about the next chapter in our journey, I am sad to leave behind the unexpected adventures we found in Nepal. Honestly, we hadn’t even originally planned on visiting Nepal. And when we did book the flight to Nepal out of India, I didn’t think much about it. I was disappointed that it was the off-season for trekking in Nepal, and I thought that the rain and cloudy views would take away from our experience here. I was fantastically wrong.
Besides being the home of Mount Everest and the tragedy of the April 2015 earthquake, I knew little else about the country of Nepal. What I quickly found is that Nepal is the type of place that reminded me of the two basic reasons that I have that innate desire to travel: to see the natural beauty of the world and to meet the people in it. It sounds obvious, but how often are we in cities that look identical or are we in a new country for a short time and have little opportunity to really be let in to the lives of its people? It took little time to see that Nepal is filled with magic in both its nature and its people, and it quickly became one of my favorite countries in our travels.
The people of Nepal were quick to allow us into their culture and their lives. We felt welcomed, and a couple of times, we were even thanked because the number of tourists, travelers, and trekkers in Nepal after the earthquake, just a short year and a half ago, dropped dramatically. We felt gratitude in return for the hospitality and generosity we found here, and for the incredible unexpected adventures we found along the way.
Since I have not posted at all yet about our two and a half weeks in Nepal, I will leave the remainder of this post as more of a photo blog, with pictures and captions from some of our memorable moments here in Nepal.
Teahouse Trekking – Ghorepani (Poon Hill) – Ghandruk Loop
If you have followed along the past several months on our travels, I just want to say thank you! This trip has taught us a lot. One of the most important things it has taught us has been to have immense gratitude for our family, our friends, and all of the fortunes that we have in our lives back home. We wouldn’t be here today without the people who mean the most to us in our lives. And we feel so lucky to have shared a little of our journey this year with you.