What a whirlwind of a trip! I’m pretty sure we spent longer in Indian airports and going through Indian airport’s countless security checkpoints than we actually did in Nepal this week, or at least it felt that way. But it was worth it!
It is incredible how different Nepal is from India considering it was nothing more than an hour-long flight from Delhi to Kathmandu. Not knowing much about Nepal, we didn’t know what to expect, but were thrilled with what we found. The people were incredible warm and friendly, being quick to help and generous in so many ways.
For being largely under-developed, Kathmandu was surprisingly easy to get around. There are taxis everywhere and bike rickshaws for shorter trips.
Outside of seeing Everest (!) we didn’t do much but try to take in a little bit of daily life in Kathmandu, experience the culture, and enjoy the food.
Speaking of the food, we had Tibetan/Nepalese food both nights we were in Nepal and were pleased. One night we had a Nepalese chicken dish that reminded me of Mongolian barbecue, and the second night we had a Nepalese Thali meal. I’m not really sure what “thali” means, but both here in India and in Nepal it is a meal of 2-3 curries or vegetable dishes served with rice and some sort of pudding like dessert. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t as flavorful or spicy as Indian thalis we have had, but was certainly edible. We also had Tibetan momos which was similar to Chinese dumplings. Ever since I was in China 8 years ago I’ve been on the hunt for what I consider to be authentic Chinese dumplings. These were closer than anything I’ve found in the States, but still far from the little bites of deliciousness I ate every day in the countryside of China.
Nepalese Thali and Tibetan Momos
And, of course, there was Everest. I often feel like moments that I want to remember for the rest of my life go by so quickly that it is hard to take them in. Our wedding was like that, final moments with our family before moving here, good evenings with friends. They all go by quicker than you want and it’s hard to hold on to the feelings and emotions those events give. Everest was like that. The beauty of the Himalayas are unprecedented. I have a particular love for the ocean, but feel like the mountains bring about a similar appreciation that is unparalleled in the rest of creation. There is a majesty and grandeur that leaves me with Psalms in my head and awe in my heart.
The flight around Everest was just over an hour and I probably spent no more than 1 minute of it actually looking at Everest, but it was worth it. The mountains are truly glorious and it is hard to imagine what could ever compare. I’ll simply try to tuck away those fleeting imagines in my mind and be forever grateful that living in India has given us the opportunity to do what few others can. Everest was one of those blessings.
Everest is on the right