Trip Start Dec 04, 2006
63Trip End Aug 05, 2007
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Tara here: for the record, we didn't come close to the 5450 M height that we had climbed. Which was crazy because we were still quite high in the plane. It reinforced the fact that we had indeed climbed high during our trek.
Nathan here: So I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who has been fascinated with Everest. To be clear, I'm not one of those newbies who have only given the mountain some consideration following the success of Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." I've always been interested in anything to do with Everest. We were initially looking at a trek to Everest's base camp but finally elected the Annapurna Circuit, arguably a much nicer trek. Still, we didn't want to leave Nepal without having seen the big one. So, in true Nathan and Tara sytle, we splurged.
Buddha Air (love that name and it ranks up their with Yeti Airlines, the airline we flew from Pokhara to Kathmandu - yes, this time we skipped the bus) has a one hour flight that promises to take you within 5 nautical miles of the summit. So we signed up.
For those interested, more info can be found at www.buddhaair.com.
The flight went well and we did come quite close to Everest. It's a neat experience because you fly parallel to the mountains and each one seems to be bigger than the last and then, all of a sudden, one stands heads and tails taller than the rest. Yep, not hard to point out Everest.
Final thoughts about Kathmandu. If you love books and book stores, then come to this city. You can't walk more than a few feet in Thamel, the city's tourist district, without tripping over one. And they're incredibly well stocked with new and used books of all kinds, but with a specialization on all things to do with the mountains, Buddhism, the Dalai Lama etc. It was heaven.
Tara here: Of course, despite the attractions inherent in Thamel, you still have to cope with the noise pollution and fast moving vehicles.
So we're off to Jordan next. We've signed up for a three week tour of this country and Egypt with Intrepid Travel. We're both looking forward to not having to plan our days. We just want to be told when and where to show up. Highlights in the short term will include a two-day visit to the ancient city of Petra. Promise to keep you posted. N&T.
PS - for the record, I'm happy to see Ottawa advance, but I found out that Sid was playing with a broken foot. Willing to give credit for a big series win over Brodeur though. One last thing, Frank, if you're going to sell the furniture, please note that the larger pieces have been scotchguarded against spills (Tara's tested it repeatedly and it works). However, you may wish to check the otoman for fleas...