Trip Start Jul 25, 2011
25Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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This is such a different place from the chaotic urban sprawls of the last weeks that for the first time I really feel without a worry. It helps that the few cars around aren't honking, the shopkeepers aren't jumping on you the second your eyes make the mistake of looking at something for sale, and that the hostel people aren't trying to sell you an expensive itinerary to Mount Crap every single day. Hell, now I even want to go on an itinerary! Reverse psychology! Then I went for a walk around the lake (currently considering renting a boat for some sailing tomorrow), got a haircut, shave and massage combo at a spa. Last but not least, as I write this I'm having dinner in a beautiful Newari restaurant that has great lakeviews and a nest of swallows.
And now the bittersweet news: I'm heading back home in a few days. I really wanted to hang out for at least a couple of months but my body cannot take this anymore. I knew I was out of shape before coming here, but the time spent in India turned out as a crash test more than a preparation for the final weeks of the trip.
Lost 12 kgs in a month and had just a handful of great days, most of them were too mentally exhausting to be fun. I feel that India changed me, and not in a good way.
I feel a greatly increased difficulty in trusting strangers, possibly the worst thing for a lonely traveller; and being alone the whole time was the hardest thing. I really need my family and friends to be around me right now. Basically lost interest in any further amazing country that can be reached for a few dollars from here too; Australia and Cambodia were dream destinations, but a close friend commented that going to amazing places in a bad mindset can only make everything worse, and he was right.
Since not even a stopover in Istanbul worked its way into my wishlist, let's just go. Right now I just want to enjoy my last days of cheap food, nice people and great landscapes...Nepal is such a beautiful place regardless of what's going on.