Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Travelin' Buds, Part II

For 107 days, from July through October, Dave and I were never more than 10 meters apart.* In October, our traveling band grew, first including Jay, and later Charlie, Mike, and Chris. Another 33 days of sharing everything--from a room to details on bowel movements to decisions on where to go and what to eat.

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!
Davo and I are still in Pokhara; we'll be here about a week total until our flight from Kathmandu to Istanbul on 12/6.  We're using this time to learn about both Turkey and Israel and to put some thought into how we want to end this trip.  After 33 days of sharing his attention, it's so nice to have Dave to myself.  Other than relaxation, we have absolutely nothing planned for this week.  It's GREAT!

*Ok, that's an exaggeration, we were apart for 24 hours when he climbed Gunung Agung on Bali and I stayed in Ubud...

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