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Bitten by the bug

I'm bitten by the bug again. The travel bug. I've been stuck in Europe for too long now, and I need to get away again. I don't feel that I have to go immediately, but I do need to have some sort of plan, possibly a destination even, but definitely something to look forward to.

I sent off for some travelogues and this weekend, they arrived. All my favourite holiday destinations in the world: the Middle East, and the Sahara desert: it's been 2 years since I was there last, and I miss the wind, the sands, the sun, the silence.
Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and the Yukon: places I've dreamt of visiting ever since I was a child, but have never yet managed to get to.
Australia: I'd love to go to Australia one day. I've got an auntie in the Blue Mountains, I'm sure she'd love to have me...problem is, I never liked her very much.
Criss-cross Asia on the Transsiberian Express; it's the reason I took Russian, after all (not that I remember much of it; just enough, I think, to order a plate of potatoes and freshly picked mushrooms before asking if they've seen my swimsuit anywhere).

But I think that after the first night's browsing, the idea of 22 days trekking in Nepal appeals to me the most. It's somewhere I've never been before, and I've always enjoyed the so-called active holiday over the kind where you're stuck in a hotel for 2 weeks. I like hiking, esp. in the mountains. And I'm a great fancier of (Far) Eastern cuisine. Rice, lentils, curries: yummy!

You should see the pictures in the brochure they've sent me: luscious green plains, serene, impossibly blue mountain lakes, snow-capped mountain ranges, Buddhist monks in orange and dark red...I'm sold. Question is: when shall I plan it?

I'm committed to going to America in June 2004, for the Moonlight Rising convention...but you don't think I'm going to waste half a day flying out just to spend a weekend in Pennsylvania, do you? No siree. I'm going back to New York, whether before or after the con, I don't care, and I'm going to stay there at least a week. I'm booking 2 weeks off just to be on the safe side. But what with the merger and the new terms and conditions of employment, that means I won't have 15 or 16 days left to go to Nepal later in the year. So maybe -- I should aim for March 2005. That should give me plenty of time to get ready, get fit(ter)...get some money saved up.

I wonder if I can find a Nepalese phrase book here somewhere? Hmmm...


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Dec. 22nd, 2003 03:08 am (UTC)
Nepal is amazing, and well worth a major visit. Best times to go are definitely Spring and Autumn, as if it's rainy there be leaches - which are not nice, and Winter's too cold if trekking. The trekking is incredible, the mountains are just so big and so beautiful. But it does help to work out a lot before going as there are no flat bits and it's all long ascents or decents.
Dec. 22nd, 2003 03:49 am (UTC)
Leeches? No thanks!

But as for the rest: the more think about it, the more I want to go -- like now! But I'll take your advise and do a bit of working out before I go. I was going to anyway: can't have my picture taken with JM looking like a blob, now can I?
Dec. 22nd, 2003 06:13 am (UTC)
The bug use to hit me A LOT when I was younger. Still does sometimes. I moved over 40 times between the ages of 17 and now. Dragged kids everywhere.

Of course, mine were never pleasure moves, LOL. Still, I know what it's like to look around and realize that it's time to move on.

Dec. 22nd, 2003 06:26 am (UTC)
I blame my parents. It was they, after all, who dragged us from Holland to Denmark to Luxemburg to Spain and back to Holland again in our formative years. I've never been able to sit still for long since.
Dec. 22nd, 2003 08:51 am (UTC)
Nepal sounds wonderful. I'm addicted to trekking and heights and gletschers. I'm aiming for 2008-2010, I think, when the kids are old enough and we've trained them in walking from hut to hut. Lucky girl...
Dec. 22nd, 2003 11:49 pm (UTC)
2008-2010? That's not such a long wait. In the meantime, you can concentrate on building up the kids' stamina by taking them on shorter hikes closer to home.

Have you ever thought of doing the Coast to Coast Walk (across the Pennines and along Hadrian's Wall, from R.H. Bay to the Irish Sea), or (stretches of) the Camino de Santiago? I have...but somehow, my arrangements always fell through. I've given up relying on other people now, just hit the road when I feel like it. Did the Ring of Kerry that way. Absolutely brilliant (and ridiculously easy ;-))!
Dec. 23rd, 2003 01:19 am (UTC)
Hm, we were thinking of the Pieterpad, even closer to home. And in summer we take them on quite serious day-hikes in the Alps already!
Dec. 23rd, 2003 01:31 am (UTC)
And do they like it?

Personally, I can't think of anything more enjoyable to do when in another part of the world, than to roam the countryside and explore the possibilities of the terrain, but I like to take my time and don't mind interrupting my wanderings for an hour or two if there's something catches my attention.

Last spring, I went hiking in the Betuwe and along the Linge. All the fruit trees were in bloom and the views from the dykes were magnificent. Our country can be so unexpectedly beautiful if you know where to look...
Dec. 23rd, 2003 01:41 am (UTC)
They love it. They have good gear, frequent stops, lots of food, and we stop to pick rasoberries and blueberries and strawberries etc, or to play in gletscher lakes and build dams in little streams.
And we do a Sunday walk - not so ambitious though.
Your Linge walk sounds great!
Dec. 23rd, 2003 01:56 am (UTC)
and we stop to pick raspberries and blueberries and strawberries

That's what we used to do with our Mum and Dad when we were little. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of picking berries along the side of the road, or looking for chanterelles in a forest somewhere.
Dec. 22nd, 2003 11:12 am (UTC)
Nepal would be amazing! It's definitely on my 'to do' list.

and I'm doing the same thing as you next year - flying to the US for a con (Writercon). Not sure what else to do, but 14 hours on a plane warrants a stay longer than a weekend!
Dec. 22nd, 2003 11:38 pm (UTC)

That's the one in Las Vegas, right? My mate db2305 is going there as well, and seems to be looking forward to it. And I'd be very much surprised if she didn't make it a longer stay, either.

But 14 hours on a plane! Remember to move your legs about; don't want you arriving at the con with DVT!
Dec. 22nd, 2003 04:19 pm (UTC)

I wish we would travel more. That credit card just won't let me. Maybe 2004 with my redundancy...
Dec. 22nd, 2003 11:41 pm (UTC)
Well...you've got to spend it on i>something</i>, haven't you? Can't take it with you...
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