Sad news and changes to my travel plans

On Sunday, after getting back to my hostel from a walking tour around Manila, I got the sad news that my grandmother had passed away suddenly. Anyone who has ever been away from home when something like this happens knows that it’s a tough and lonely place to be, and my ‘to-do’ list for the day went from “What am I going to have for dinner?” to “Do I stay Continue reading Sad news and changes to my travel plans

Everest Trek Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche – Nasty neighbors and private guesthouses

When we woke up this morning it was so damn cold in our rooms that none of us wanted to get out of bed.  All of our clothes were basically frozen which didn’t help. When I did eventually pull myself out of bed to get ready for the day, I found myself waiting outside the bathroom while an Indian guy was shitting his brains out for about 10 minutes.  I Continue reading Everest Trek Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche – Nasty neighbors and private guesthouses

Everest Trek Day 10: Namche to Tengboche: New friends, more Everest, and the cold

Today it’s back to the daily grind and therefore we’re up nice and early to start our long day of walking.  The good thing about this is Josefine and I were able to get some great pictures of the sun rising behind the mountains. One of the other reasons we were getting an early start was we were now on the crowded part of the trail and if we wanted to avoid Continue reading Everest Trek Day 10: Namche to Tengboche: New friends, more Everest, and the cold

Everest Trek Day 9: Our first ‘rest day’ in Namche a.k.a. no rest for the weary

Since we were back in the world of wifi, our first morning in Namche Bazaar I was supposed to Skype with my family at 645 pm their time or 9 am my time (or so I thought…having a 10 hour 45 min time difference is difficult people!).  I ended up counting the wrong way in calculating the time difference – my bad….I blame the altitude – but luckily thanks to Continue reading Everest Trek Day 9: Our first ‘rest day’ in Namche a.k.a. no rest for the weary

Everest Trek Day 8: Monjo to Namche Bazaar – Bridges, internet, and movie night

As predicted I woke up starving this morning and had to eat a granola bar before even making it to my breakfast of Tibetan bread with fried eggs and hot mango juice.  I was exhausted this morning as yet again I slept like crap.  It’s been a pretty consistent thing the whole ‘not sleeping well’ (a trend that would continue for the remainder of the trek).  Every night you go Continue reading Everest Trek Day 8: Monjo to Namche Bazaar – Bridges, internet, and movie night

Everest Trek Day 7: Surke to Monjo – Crowded trails and ‘showers’

As seems to be the general trend, we can’t just ever start out our day with a flat stretch of land.  It always has to be either a steep uphill or a steep downhill. Today was the former – about an hour and a half of it.  Luckily the fact that we’ve been doing this kind of trekking for a week now meant that it was decently manageable for us.  Continue reading Everest Trek Day 7: Surke to Monjo – Crowded trails and ‘showers’

A Thai Thanksgiving: New friends, massages, and bananas in the slide

The commute from Bangkok to the island of Koh Lanta was a long one, but during the 3 hour drive from Krabi to the island itself I had the pleasure of sitting next to Andrea, an awesome American from California who was traveling around SE Asia with her friends Christian and Sebastian. We chatted a good portion of the ride and when the subject of Thanksgiving came up (which would Continue reading A Thai Thanksgiving: New friends, massages, and bananas in the slide