Monday, December 5, 2011

Headed home!

There is no place that will make you ready to go home more so than Delhi. Delhi is crazy. We have been here a mere 24 hrs and have already been ripped off, disgusted and engaged in verbal arguments. Ah! It's a love/hate city for sure. At the end of our 6 weeks in India before, I loved Delhi. Now I am exhausted and don't have the energy for all this craziness! So, home it is... at 1am tonight! It's amazing (and scary) how quickly 4.5 months (or a year and a half) can pass by. Sometimes it feels like we just let VT  last month...

We arrived in Delhi so tired because Nepal kicked our butts! We were incredibly busy the entire month we spent there. Nepal is full of amazing outdoor adventures and we tried to take full advantage. We had an incredible time (probably the highlight of the entire 4.5 months of traveling) on our trek. We hiked up to Poon Hill (not a hill, definitely a mountain!) and then over to Annapurna Base Camp for a total of 9 days. We had beautiful, sunny weather and stunning views. It was incredible. There are few places in the world where you can trek each day and have a warm meal, hot shower and a bed to sleep in each night. Nepal is unique and we love it.

After we recovered from our trek and let our blisters heal up, we took off on one last adventure with a New Zealand couple we had met on the trek. We signed up for a 2 day whitewater rafting trip and were beyond excited for one last hoorah! Our trip turned out to be a typical Nepali experience, where anything and everything that could go wrong did! A strike in a town along the way cut our first day short by at least an hour. When we were done rafting and at our campsite, we were told the van would not be along until the strike was over after 6pm. We sat around for 3 or more hours in wet bathing suits waiting for our things! Finally, the boys hitched a a ride and had to walk to the van through the strike in their sleeveless wetsuits! Because the van arrived so late, we were unable to cook dinner and there was no dry wood for a fire... Unreal. But typical Nepali! We did have tents and beer so everything turned out okay in the end :)

The next day had all of the class 4 and 5 rapids but of course the road was still blocked so we were unable to raft the river we signed up for. We were disappointed but still had a good time and were able to hit some good rapids along the way. Because the trip wasn't quite as wild and crazy as we thought it would be, I am really excited for another rafting trip sometime in the near future.

We have some great pictures and I will post them when I get home. It's been an amazing trip and we feel so lucky to have had this time to travel together. We're looking forward to seeing our families and friends... and having some delicious home cooking!

See you soon!

Love, Allison and Nate

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