That's a lot of together time, especially if you're an introvert.
Surprisingly, constant companionship hasn't driven me insane, nor has it ended my relationship with Dave. Travel has brought us closer; we know each other at a deeper level, and we're better buddies because of it.
Traveling with Jay was easy. A group of three is a manageable size, and Jay handled his first experience traveling in the developing world freakishly well, like he has been living in India for a decade.
Traveling with Charlie, Mike, and Chris was different. Five borders on a big group: to keep together in a crowd, to get a meal in a restaurant in under two hours, to make decisions. Mike and Chris often were unwell, too, so they weren't having a very good time. :-( As their “hosts,” Dave and I felt responsible, though there's not much we can do about a country's pollution, cultural differences, or diseases. In the end, though, I had a good time with them, and I hope they can look back on their trip with amusing, maybe even fond, memories.
So what have we been doing for the past few weeks?
- Hanging out in Kathmandu, visited Patan and its Durbar Square
- Walked a few days of the Helambu trek to the north of Kathmandu (pictures here)
- Did a half-day jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, searching for rhinos and tigers and sloth bears, oh my! (pictures here)
- Chilled out in Pokhara and celebrated Mikey's birthday
|sunrise in chitwan national park... ooooo, jungle!|