Day 5 - 2,300 metres.

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

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Tibet Hotel and Restaurant, Danaque

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Dorchester Guest House and Restaurant, Karte, Manang.

 Well, here we are having left Tal on time, unfortunately still with wet washing in our packs, as if they weren't heavy enough! We think it's about 11am but we're hungry so this is our big rest.
Raj came to our hotel last night in Tal for a chat and a beer - both Brenden and I cannot believe how like an old friend of ours he is; darker skin and hazel eyes instead of blue but the same mannerisms and cheeky grin. Raj thought I was 60!! Apparently because of my size.....actually, every day so far two or three people, usually men, have told me I 'have a wide body', 'am very fat', or 'have a lot of weight'. The women just giggle.

I wanted to figure out how to say in Nepali " Yeah and you've got a really tiny penis', however I've settled for "tapai derai sano cha" which  I think means 'you are very small'. Now that I've figured that out I am unlikely to say it to anyone but I feel better.

There are always lots of people coming and going on the trail because that's how everything - people, goods, food, building materials - get's where it's going; on two legs or four.We are constantly moving aside - closest to the mountain, of course - for mule trains and porters with huge loads on their backs, thick straps around their heads. People start learning to carry this way when very little, with very little baskets.

Today is the first day we've been a little cold; B has actually got his fleece on, now we're sitting down writing. I hope it doesn't rain, the path is slippery enough. I'm more scared now having done the landslide crossings, rather than less. Or maybe just no longer complacent.

We started making up a theme song for ourselves 2 days ago - the song of Leech-Boy and Wide-bodied Woman, but we seem to have lost momentum and will probably have to cancel the recording studio. I believe the first song to be sung on this epic adventure was Walk On the Wild Side. Also bits of 'It's Just a Song About Ping-Pong', 'I love To Go A-Wandering', 'The Dying Stockman' and 'There Must Be An Angel' have been skillfully vocalised.

Speaking of singing.....we can hear children singing! It might be school....Oh wow! They're singing Frere a Jacque! 
There are beautiful fat hens pecking around where we're sitting - maybe one of them laid the yummy egg I just had for lunch, with some soup. I am losing my appetite. We have met another nice couple, Polish...don't know their names yet. When we meet people who don't talk much we usually chat with their porter until we lag too far behind. Well - really must head off again - blessings to the mountain goddess for allowing us safe passage.
Ok - I've just negotiated changing both tampon and pad in the dark over a squat toilet wilst keeping the hem of my pants off the floor....Ya Ya!!

It's raining so we'll have to rest here a while longer. Yes, the egg was laid by Biddy the hen (my name )

Tibet Hotel and Restaurant, Danaque - this is the bestest lodge we've stayed in so far, it's clean and neat, has tiles on the toilet floor, a power point in the room, hot water and a Buddhist shrine in the dining room downstairs. I'm eating meat for the first time in Nepal - yak curry. We walked all afternoon in the rain; I bought some plastic to cover my pack at the Dorchester. It only took us four hours to go through Dharopani (checkpoint) and Bagarchap before getting to Danaque.
We haven't found Alain and Raj yet. Raj was telling us last night that Alain has cancelled his trip and had decided to go only as far as Pisang before turning around to go back.

We saw a lot of other trekkers today who all overtook us of course, with our love of stopping to look around us and  talk to goats and people. Don't know what the hurry is when you mustn't ascend more than 500mt in one day anyway...

The afternoon went  quickly, with B and I singing trekking songs which were pretty much just all our favourite songs with alternative words substituted. Here's Allstar:

Hey now, you're a trekker, get ya pack on, go - trek,
Hey now, you're a trekker, get ya boots on, go - trek, 
All that folds is not rupee....

And Eye of The Tiger, Hollaback Girl, Ice Ice Baby.

I showed Brendo how to bleat at a goat so they bleat back.
Think there's no new blisters today - lots of muscle soreness though, especially calves and shoulder blades. We were wondering today what's happening out there in our technological world with our family, I hope all's well. We're holding up our end of the bargain by not falling off a mountainside - so far. I am writing this while I wait for my yak curry; I have finally broken out my fleece and I'm still cold. Brenden has reminded me that he hasn't seen any stoned goats yet - one of the sights I promised him when talking him into this adventure.

Hey Brenden has remembered the verse of Allstar:

Somebody once told me that I would need a porter,
I an't the strongest tool in the she-ed.
They were lookin kinda dumb with their finger & their thumb
in the shape of an 'L' on their forehead.
Well, the leeches start comin' and they don't stop comin'
Found some on our legs so we hit the ground runnining
Doesn't make sense not to trek for fun,
but yr muscles get sore and yr brain gets numb.
So much to do, so much to see, so what's wrong with taking the back streets?
You'll never know if you don't go, you'll never shine if you don't glow.
Brenden also made up a rap about Sam & Frodo the Gay Hobbit Trekkers - kept me laughing for 10 minutes.

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