Factor 120x delay… after 1 minute of travel time

I am sorry for my cryptic title, but I simply like math and numbers. Let me explain; before I even started my journey I already had 120 minutes delay as my flight got rescheduled from 3.30 to 5.30.

I must admit that Air Arabia impressed by sending a notification ahead of time, so I was able to use the time with my friend Adib. Less funny was that they then tried to deny me on board because they were overbooked. With some hard core Dutch persuasion power, however, I managed not only to get on board but to also have a 3-seat-row for myself.

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I landed at 11 am KTM time, suprisingly rested. First thing I did was striving to be a ‘good daughter’; I had promised my mom that I would be pretty much reachable at any given time so my first action had to be to purchase a local data bundle. Then, well then it was time for action 2; doing the supreme thing after having arrived in Nepal: I went for Momo’s.

Momo’s are the local delicacy, pretty similar to Japanese Gyozo or Chinese dumplings. We learned about Momo’s when we were with a Trekkup group in Nepal for a horse riding expedition last year. My below picture made several Dubaian people instantly jealous and hungry, right, JP and Claire?.

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Oh, on a closing note. I decided to include the Laboche peak in my hike after Everest Basecamp. The guide is good and the team seems very sensible and fun, so we will probably have a blast togther. As a result, I spent almost my full afternoon buying exorbitantly expensive extra gear such as socks and gloves and other attire that will remain warm in -30 degrees instead of visiting world heritage sites. Grrr and brr

The perfect final preparation

It is D-day today; my flight will leave at 3.30 so check-in after midnight.

I wake up at 7 am and contemplate what to do on my last day in Dubai. “Prepare!” springs to mind immediately. I come up with two options;
1) go for a run together with Sam, Katja’s dog, and
2) go to the spa for ultimate pampering.

Of course I choose the wisest option; the spa! Several hours later I have had a full body mssage, facial, nails, etc. I am happy… if there is a Yeti on Mount Everest then my radiating rosy face and radical pink toe nails will for sure be enough to distract him.

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As for Sam? He got his cuddles anyhow… But no running. I think this decision may led to some suffering on the mountain later on, but why not procastinate while we can… Let’s see!

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OMG… 1st flight booked. It is really happening!

Today I did what was needed but what I did not expect to have such major impact….. I booked my first flight. It will be from Sharjah (UAE) to Kathmandu, Nepal, at 3 am on Sunday.

I am going to roam around Kathmandu’s word heritage sites on Sunday – did you know that the majority of sculptures are ‘kama sutra style’ so some are rather mind blowing…. don’t quite know how to one could achieve those :)/

On the 29th I am going to fly to Lukla, where I will start my Everest basecamp hike. I will join a group that will spend another 3 days to summit on Loboche  and I am still contemplating if I should do that too. It is a peak at 6,200 m and it requires some easy mountaineering, I am not sure if a crash course crampons and rope at 6,000 m is the best idea ever….. What do you think?

, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Awa2jYmmqU

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My rucksack and what did not fit in….

Today I learned that I am no different from any other traveller…. I packed FARRRRR to much. Even with a 70 liter rucksack (whereas most travel blogs suggested that 60 liter is MORE then enough) I managed to not be able to zip my bag anymore, and that was after I already took all my sleeping equipment out to tie that clumsily to my rucksack itself.

That conclusion of course called for action… I met up with my good friend Katie, who is a frequent hiker and I cried for her help. Together we went through my stuff, and you can imagine all the comments that I got, at the friendliest for example ‘do you REALY need THAT MUCH medicines (and semi-meds)’. Ehm, no, I guess not actually, because as a guiding principle I don’t take meds unless absolutely necessary (to my mum’s great annoyance). So Katie and I managed to reduce the volume to such extent that I can now actually zip the bag without breaking the zipper (bonus!!). We did conclude that I need another day pack and I know exactly which one I fancy…. the one from the UAE military shop (YES!!!). Pics will follow soon…

So I guess I am almost ready to depart. Funny feeling

Hello world!

I cannot yet comprehend it it fully… I actually have my own website… The director Intelligence…. who (in honesty) had to watch hours and hours of tutorials to understand HOW the heck one creates such a website. But I did it. LOL. How rewarding!

So ok, this is the place where you can read about my experiences during my travel marathon. I will embark on my journey on Sunday around midnight and I intend to travel for about 4-5 moths. I hope I will gain some amazing experiences, ensh’allah, and that you will enjoy reading my stories and watching my pics and videos.

I should be relatively easily reachable through e-mail, whatsapp and Skype too… so please reach out if you feel like it ((contact me via this page)

Speak or see you soon 🙂
Linda