We arrived in Kathmandu yesterday evening, after a long but comfortable series of flights. The travel was really quite civilized, and not nearly as uncomfortable as I thought it would be given the fact that I never actually sit still under normal circumstances. I flew to Vancouver BC from Seattle, then on to Hong Kong for a long layover, then into Kathmandu.
Today, after a delicious breakfast at our hotel (the Yak and Yeti), we visited Boudhanath, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. I don’t feel qualified to say anything about the city based on spending a half a day here, but what I’ve heard is that it’s dirty, and the water is terrible, and that to an outside observer, the place looks like chaos — all of those things seem to be true, from what I’ve seen.
But somehow, in that chaos, there’s an incredible peace about the place. I feel very calm, here. Maybe it’s the music streaming from the CD store near the stupa; maybe it’s the stupa itself; maybe that I’m surrounded by friends who help me feel safe and at ease, even in such an unfamiliar environment; or maybe it’s the jet lag. Whatever it is, I thought that I’d get to Kathmandu and be itching to get out of the city. While I’m undeniably excited to start trekking tomorrow, I am not itching to get out of the city. I’d like to spend more time here, and get my Kathmandu legs.
I’d expect my connectivity to be severely limited until we get back to Kathmandu at the end of the trek. I’ll be assisting with communication out on behalf of our climbing team, but the technology isn’t like it is at home. For anyone who’s been in Nepal, I’d guess that sentence elicited a knowing chuckle.
Here’s my Flickr set so far… this place would be a portrait photographer’s dream come true. I only have my little “heavy duty” point and shoot along, but our real trip photographer, Scott Simper, has been snapping away, so watch for his images on the “official” sites as the trip unfolds.
Speaking of — my connectivity is likely to be severely limited from here on out. Tiffany and Candace will post updates here at rockclimbergirl.com and they’ll be tweeting on my behalf when they can, but the best place to keep tabs on my team’s travels will be those “official” trip sites:
Thank you so much for all of the well wishes over the last few days and weeks, and I look forward to long winded trip reports and oodles of photos to share with you when I return.
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