namaste!! so, guess what that little mountain in the photo above is? the highest one with the balding top on the left? yep, that is mt. everest! yep, the mount everest! the day after completing my habitat build i decided to hop on a tiny little 19 seat plane to check this beauty out! it was recommended that i take the earliest morning flight out of the kathmandu airport for the best view. the earliest flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50 am yet it didn't actually depart until 10:30 due to fog. during my almost 5 hours at the airport i spent some time chatting with some nice guys from ohio waiting for their flight to lulka so that they could begin their 18 day trek to mt. everest basecamp. somehow i didn't feel as cool about flying up to see it when chatting with them about my 1 hour roundtrip journey but i felt slightly redeemed in their eyes when i mentioned i was exhausted from having built houses in a remote village for the last 2 weeks. oh, and be warned, if you do book a flight like this be sure to not have reserved a seat in row 3, right smack over the wing. sadly the flyer chat website doesn't really cover the everest mountain flights because if they did it would most definitely be deemed undesirable! at least the flight attendant took pity on me and allowed me one extra visit to the cockpit for viewing and that was pretty cool!
|view from the cockpit|
oh and you may be wondering if my bad hotel karma has improved... well, our latest hotel in kathmandu has heat! YAY! you don't understand, it is freezing here at night and i have been sleeping in many layers as none of the habitat for humanity chosen hotels had heat! so, anyhow, this hotel that i found online got lots of great trip advisor reviews and is the best we have stayed in here in nepal. of course, there were a few room changes to get to the perfect room (the first room had an electrical wiring problem that smelled horrible, the second came with someone's used socks tucked between the bed covers and the 3rd had no shower) but the owners were awesome and very accomodating and we love the 4th room they moved us too! yay!
so i have had a lot of fun taking photos on this trip. so many cool and interesting things to see... thought i would share some of them with you. my roomie and i had a mini photo contest going since day one when she snapped the below pic that we dubbed "child in gold dancing with pidgeons" and we decided that was the one to beat.... every time either of us took a cool photo we had to ask if it was cooler than that one...
loving this pic that i took of a guy getting spruced up and shaved at a barber shop in the middle of the street....
and i am going to out myself now... i have a bit of an obsession with taking photos of monks. i don't know why but i just love their look. my favorite are the ones in orange. so whenever i see one on the streets here the monk stalker in me comes out! and it seems kind of wrong to ask them to take a photo so i am trying to be covert about it..
monk in white
and candles and offerings at the temples
this sign really stood out to us when we saw it every day from our bus traveling to and from the village we were building in!
as you read this i am off to a tiny kingdom set in the himalayas between india and tibet called bhutan. i can't wait to arrive because i hear it is a place like no other! and it is known as the happiest place on earth which is pretty groovy in my book!
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until next time...
the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern