Postcard from Nepal (and Bangkok)…

18 11 2008

Namaste y’all,

Annapurnas, Nepal

Annapurnas, Nepal

26/10/08: We’ve just emerged from the clouds! Trekking in the Annapurnas was an absolute blast – especially because the pace was surprisingly civilized…

Of  course, EB (aka Energizer Bunny) was hopping from one foot to the other the whole time.

We had a great group…mostly slightly older than us (and, thank god, not out to prove they were Thooper Thtars!). EB was the social lubricant, as always (possibly because the rest of us were actually gasping for breath most of the time). 
 
At one of the villages, we found some open space and challenged ‘the boys’ (porters and guides) to a game of cricket… with a bit of wood and a ball made of something wrapped in plastic bags and held together with string! The only problem was that a ‘six’ required a jungle safari and sharp eyes to retrieve the ball.

On the last night, we rocked the (tea)house ’til the wee hours with the porters (a very gorgeous bunch, i might add). It’s amazing what fun you can have with one drum, some dodgy whisky, and a bunch of crazy people.
 
One bloke in our group said ‘and Elle wants to take three of you boys home for her daughters’…which guaranteed I was never short of dancing partners 🙂 We had people from the village turning up to see what was going on and joining the party…  

Nepal’s scenery is spectacular, the people are delightful, and the food is mostly vegetarian. What more can I say?
 
Bangkok (our first four days) was another story. A huge, humid, smelly city were a tuk tuk ride is a journey to anywhere – except where you want to go. Mostly tailors who make you suit for cheap price or out-of-the-way boat sheds where a business associate was ready and waiting to take you on special charter boat with bonus snake park visit.  
 
But we did love the night markets and had a great time bargaining with the locals. Lots of laughs. The market we went to was in the red light district, and every few steps I got asked to go to a Ping Pong show (note to self: dress like a girl next time).

They take pole dancing to whole new levels in Bangkok… the bars are lined with poles (every couple of feet) with a very gorgeous and very bored girl on each, gyrating half-heartedly for the slavering tourists.
 
Apart from the markets, Bangkok’s shopping centres are huuuuuge. One Aussie shopping centre would fit on one floor, and there are seven! EB spent wonderous hours looking at defects (QA and H&S is non existent there!), while I walked around in a catatonic state and bought nothing. No surprises there 🙂 
 
We’re hanging out in Pokara (Nepal) today while some lovely people wash our clothes (I could get used to this!). Tonight is our end of trip party (another one). And tomorrow, we head into the jungle to look for four-legged wild life…
 
Of course, we can’t wait to get home and back to work. Not. 
 
Elle and EB  (aka Road Runner…mee meep)

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21 11 2008
Michele

Hey guyz – your trip sounds totally awesome and can’t wait to see the pix and hear more. How are you coping with being home and work etc? 🙂 xxx

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