Dhulikhel Lodge Resort
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We took breakfast on the veranda, and were given a very brief show of the Himalayas as it came and went in the fog and clouds... then a great drive to campus and the conference venue thru rice fields. I went for a brief walk before sunset and dinner... after there was a tremendous monsoon...
Buckets of rain that I wish I could send to California.
... suffered just as badly. However, the picture I've painted isn't the whole story - much of the city does seem to be operating fairly normally, with many homes still intact and businesses starting to reopen. Things are definitely quieter though, with reports of 500,000 people having left the valley. So we leave Nepal tomorrow to begin our 'proper backpacking' in Thailand, with heavy hearts. For Iain, this is a place in which he's spent 10 years of his life ...
... to tell her people about God and her faith. She is only 20 years old and she said that a group of them went from their village up the mountains. I asked her if it was dangerous, and she said you just mostly have to watch out for bears, monkeys and really large Himalayan leaches that try to suck your blood, lol. She said she got a lot on her and they are poisonous, so her leg swelled up. Note to self: watch out for leaches in the Himalayas...who knew! ...
... me the shop where they bought the chocolates (well, more than show me, they clearly wanted to buy some more). The ladies in the shop were so warm and sweet offering tea.
The children and I played some 'claim a block' - rivetting game, I must say, and then enjoyed dinner with Adrian and the french couple, Morianne and Boris. A delightful evening with everyone in good spirits.
Later in the night my thoughts were busy and ...
... annual income is $700 USD
While the ‘highways’ here resemble terribly maintained dirt roads back home, the mountains are a whole different story. Nothing we have in Canada even counts as a mountain in Nepal. Those are hills. If it doesn’t hit 6000m it’s not even worth naming. The highest point to ski on Whistler is 2400m for comparison.
Then there are the cows. Those guys are holy. As a result they ...