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The Annapurna Diaries: Day 10

  “Today was one of the most difficult days of my life. A little mentally draining, but mostly physically exhausting. Ageist and judgmental I am, but there were physically unfit people, older trekkers, trekkers carrying bicycles and, of course, under-dressed porters carrying nearly half their weight. While it was difficult for most, a walk in the freezing and barren park for others, it remained utterly...

The Annapurna Diaries: Day 9

  Well, where did those days go? I’m two posts behind. Today we walked from Yetdar to Thorong Pedi, leaving at 8:00am and arriving at 10:30am or so. The rest of the day after the hike went by very slowly. The hike wasn’t too difficult, but my breathing was quicker. I would gasp for air, naturally. The sun is so strong, and the glistening white snow makes it even harder on the eyes. My glasses press...

The Annapurna Diaries: Day 8

    Although I had a day off yesterday I don’t feel substantially different today. Today wasn’t so bad, 10km and a 660m accent. I was surely tired at the end of it, though. It was snowing the night before, but the morning proved peaceful with rays of sun and open skies of blue. Then came the crowds of other hikers of which we were part, of course. The hike loses its essence when there are many...

Doors: South India

          So beautiful, seemingly perfect.   Doors and their ways. What do you think before opening a door and crossing through a doorway? Nothing? Watching your head? Wondering what’s on the other side? Something superstitious? I try not to be superstitious, it’s bad luck…. 😉 Often, I view traveling and its benefits as a doorway. A doorway to a fuller, happier life; to open mindedness; to a...

The Annapurna Diaries: Day 7

Rest Day In Mannag  Rest day in Manang. Did I sleep in? Of course not. Let’s wake up at crow-piss, Evan, and moodle around for a while. I thought of catching a flick in one of Manang’s theaters (some projector rooms) but decided against it. There are many day walks available in Manang to better help your acclimatization. Tichilo Lake is supposedly the highest lake in the world and one of the highlights...

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