Day 3 - Day Of The Leeches

Trip Start Sep 13, 2009
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Trip End Oct 14, 2009


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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rest stop just before Syange.
 We did stay at Bahandra last night, at the Superb View Guest House. The Israeli couple were there - lovely people named Boaz and Sylvia. They showed us pics of their daughters, aged 25 and 21, who did this trek last year, and their 11 year old son. Sylvia beat Brenden at chess!!

Superb View was a great hotel - I felt like I was in a packing crate. It was worth the 30-40 steps or so up to get to it. Got the sleeping bags out for the first time.

Brenden twisted his ankle yesterday but thankfully no real injury; I strapped it up today. We made a good start this morning - brekky around 6.45 and then off on our sore tootsies up and down and up dales. It's fantastic to walk in the early morning


 

Eco-Home, Jagat.         Brenden now has a wound on his lower leg - oh, so do I! Only mine is much smaller. Staying at Eco-Home in Jagat tonight - great room with a bathroom and western flush toilet, however the bowl is actually unattached from the pipe! Also, not only no hot water but while B was in the shower the cold water stopped too. Our host knocked on the door though with a big kettle of hot water for us! We must've looked like we needed it when we dragged ourselves up to the gate. Raj and Alain, whom we'd met on the trail, applauded as we walked in.

We were going to join them for a meal but I didn't go downstairs until about 7.30 - too much smelly washing to do. Then, of course it poured with rain. Scary, really - when you think of the landslides we climbed across today....my calves are screaming and I now have two blisters. Oh, and by the way my 'small wound' is actually five, that's five - leech bites!
I also may not have mentioned that some of the landslides we crossed led in a quite steeply vertical fashion down to the river below. Like, straight down.

When I got downstairs Brenden was chatting with a Nepali government official named Shiva, in Jagat for Dashain. While we were sitting talking there was a huge smash above and sounds of glass falling - a guy on the 2nd floor getting a quilt from the top of a pile above his head pulled them all down on top of himself and fell back, his head hitting the window behind him. He wasn't injured thankfully.

Our room is on the 3rd - the stairs are like ladders and so hard after a full day of death-defying mountain ascents. I can honestly say I would rather give birth. Sort of getting used to them though....all the stairs are like this.

Alain and Raj are very funny together; Alain is a retired French grandfather who was a boat builder and now just sails them; Raj is his guide.
Since February Alain has spent five weeks in Costa Rica, five weeks in Canada and now has a month in Nepal. Raj is absolutely gorgeous and an experienced flirt. If I was ten years younger.....it's interesting that I can pick up most of their conversation in french. Raj speaks English, French and German. Brenden is becoming inspired to learn French.
 
  We are determined to get an early start tomorrow to avoid the heat of the afternoon.
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