I met Nirit, an Israeli my age, while waiting for the flight out of the mountains. Like me, she was also waiting for the flight; like Dave, her boyfriend was completing the trek. We ended up sharing a room in Pokhara for a week while we waited for our sweeties to return from their trekking adventures. I really enjoyed her companionship and her perspective. Nirit is the first random stranger I've met on this adventure who I would visit in her home country.
Two days ago, we said goodbye to Jay, Dave's university friend who joined us for the Annapurna Circuit. I hadn't met him until he showed up in Kathmandu, but I'd heard a lot about him from Dave and suspected we'd get along well. Turns out, introduction from a mutual friend is a great way to meet new friends! Jay has a snarky, witty sense of humor that kept me amused, even when I was sick. He's super strong, a little crazy (perfect match for Davo), and an all-around decent guy.
The day Jay left Kathmandu, other friends arrived. I heard the voice of my old roommate, Mikey, in the hallway. I ran outside to give him a hug and found Chris, my other old roommate, coming up the stairs right next to him! Those clowns had neglected to tell me that Chris was also coming along... a total surprise. Charlie, another acquaintance from Ithaca who is currently living in India, also joined us.
After Dave as my primary companion for the past 9 months--and only companion for the past 4--it's both exciting and strange to share experiences with others again!
Ok, so what else is new... I spent a week in Pokhara, waiting for Dave and Jay to finish the trek. Pokhara itself isn't that interesting. Before and/or after their trek--because that's why people go to Pokhara--most tourists end up in Lakeside neighborhood, where there is plentiful accommodation, restaurants with menus in English, and souvenir shopping. Other than eating, sleeping, and gift shopping... uh... there's a nice lake and a waterfall... nothing new if you've lived in Ithaca for a decade.
Here are some photos from Pokhara:
And here are some photos from the three times I've passed through Kathmandu:
Aaand finally... here are the pictures you really want to see: the Annapurna Circuit.
P.S. I updated the "Greatest Hits" photo album... check it out here!