What Alison Did.

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2011

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Saturday 23rd Walked up a mountain - got lost twice and therefore walked twice as far as we should have - the views worth it but coming down was just as hard as it was almost vertical. Finished the adventure with a serene trip across the lake.

Sunday 24th Walked up an even steeper mountain - the guide said half an hour but omitted the fact that it was up a rock staircase - the object of the strenuous exercise was to reach the summit of Sarangkot to view the sunrise over the Anapurna Range. I made it but only just! It really was worth it. We took all the requisite photographs. The way down was extremely steep but the views were stunning and the short stop for a pot of hot chocolate half way down most welcome.

Monday 25th - today it was bicycling we cycled around the lake not too hilly but as I have not been on a bike for years, it was harder than I thought it would be but the weeks at the gym certainly paid off.

The afternoon was spent at the post office yet again a whole new experience. It took 2 hours and 8 people to post 7 parcels.

The process is :
- have the parcel weighed to make sure it is not over 2kg
- go to the market and buy white cloth to make a bag
- go to the tailor to have the bag made, leave one end open
- back to PO to have contents checked; silver items not allowed
- return to tailor to have bag closed
- buy stamps stick 25 stamps to package with glue
- return to PO clerk and receive receipt
- stamps individually stamped
- bind finished parcel with sellotape; to attach all stamps safely
- gratefully depart for a cool beer

Luckily we again had a very helpful taxi driver or I think we may have not got passed step 1. I should write this up for Lonely Planet as getting stuff posted home is a real issue on a long trip like this.

Tuesday 26th - And the great White Water Disaster 15 of team Tango went for a half day excursion on the Upper Seti and half of them ended up in the water. The second boat plus rescue kayaks were on hand to haul everyone out of the water to safety. Some enjoyed the wet experience but not everyone!!!! No pictures as everyone was too busy pulling people out of the water. ( I didn't go as it sounded like much to much hard work besides I had other plans).

While having supper one evening I picked up a flyer for a company all Hearts and Tears, they are a British/Dutch couple who rent out vintage bikes but also give lessons... so guess what - off I go a learn to ride a motorbike.

It is a full day of tuition. We started slowly and learnt the basics. I had had a successful day and one of the other girls signed up for a lesson as well, then 2 very kind young men agreed to accompany us on a trip into the countryside. It was fantastic and now I will be confident enough to hire a bike when we get to SE Asia.

Wednesday 27th - A day for another challenge - I have ridden a horse before but it must have been 30 years ago. The pony trekking wasn't very exciting but I have to say it was good for a laugh and the lakeside scenery was beautiful. My knees were not at all happy after a couple of hours on horseback - I am definately sticking to motorbikes in the future.

The rest of the time here was spent seeing to those essentials in life sunbathing, eating, drinking and of course shopping!

We caught the bus to Kathmandu on the morning of the 31st - this is our 14th wek and were are now very nearly half way through the trip.
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Lyn Snelgrove on

Hi - just caught up on 5 weeks of your adventure. Mine is over and am at David's till tomorrow then Spain. Enjoyed the references to our trip to India years ago ! Must say you look amazing and rather thin and sounds like afantastic journey. So keep writing - looking forward now to the rest of your trip from the comfort of my terrace ! love Lyn x

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