As another busy week draws to a close, turns out not only am I having the time of my life, but I’m also learning quite a bit at the same time.
A few things have surprised me this week;
- You’re never too old to learn how to floss. I think there’s video evidence of my attempt, which is thankfully yet to surface… I’ll be sure to destroy it when / if it ever does
- Sometimes being the sensible one doesn’t pay off. Armed with the knowledge that raw sewage is pumped directly into the local lake, I decided to give swimming a miss. Instead I chose to relax on the bank with my book and let the youngsters do their thing. Believe it or not, I was the only one to get ill that night (hard to imagine, I know)
- Trying to make it to the toilet at 3am and realising only after your foot hits the floor that you’ve got a dead leg, is an experience not to be missed. Luckily the sofa partially cushioned my fall, and I don’t think I woke anyone (I think it could have passed for a mini earthquake possibly?) So desperate I was, I ended up having to crawl to the loo dragging my dead leg behind me… I made it though, you’ll be pleased to hear.
- All you need to do to be in a Nepalese rap video, is be in the right place at the right time. Two of my fellow travellers stumbled upon a music producer as they wandered the streets of Pokhara. The guy wanted some westerners to star in his new video and one of them was more than happy to oblige (even though he possibly quite offensively asked if she could find better clothes to wear) She’s hoping to take her starring role sometime next week (unless in the meantime he’s found someone with better clothes I guess)
- There are people who are worse at veganism than me. A hangover induced scoff of two digestives left me feeling pretty bad, until I went to lunch with a fellow vegan who started picking the chicken off someone else’s plate and commenting how good the buffalo burgers are in town… I spent the afternoon shining my halo
- Kerala is a ‘dry state’ (yes, really – no alcohol!) It is also right now experiencing the worst monsoon season for twenty five years. All of the schools we would have been teaching in are closed until the roads are more like roads and less like rivers. Just think about that combination of facts for a moment… I don’t believe in God, but maybe that’s a sign I should start…
- You kill cockroaches by putting them on their back. Had I known this before I put the one I found in my room outside, on his back, in the blazing sunshine, he might have stood a chance of survival… RIP roomie, you were a special kind of something – I’ll look after your orphaned baby who introduced herself earlier, don’t you worry.
- I thought I was simple but… One of my travel companions had been complaining her electrics weren’t working for over a week. She’d been surviving with no fan and only one light. She asked them to fix it twice. Only after the second time did they tell her there was nothing wrong with the electrics and she just needed to put the card in the key card wall socket (as you do at 99.9% of hotels across the world) At least it wasn’t me this time.
- Paragliding is quite possibly the most fun you can have in 30 minutes (I said quite possibly, not most definitely for those whose minds went there) Waiting for the right amount of wind, we saw a few spectacular take off fails… I’m pretty sure one man broke his knee caps as he fell over mid run, hitting every rock as he got dragged along the side of the hill, until finally getting airborne. I was surprisingly graceful in my take off (let’s not mention the landing) and didn’t scream once! What an experience, it’s just pipped white water rafting to top spot. He asked if I wanted to float down or do acrobatics… I’m also learning that I’m more of a thrill seeker than I once thought. We probably didn’t, but it felt like we did at least 5 minutes of full loop the loops! It was incredible 😊
- I can teach. I was highly doubtful of my ability to help someone foreign learn the language I’ve only been speaking for a mere forty years… Turns out I’m actually alright at it. I taught Ganga how to tell the time this week. She was so proud, that for the rest of the lesson she interrupted me every five minutes to tell me what the time was! It really was a great feeling.
I have no idea what next week will bring. Hard to imagine it could top this week, but I’m pretty sure that’s what I said last week…
Namaste beautiful friends 🙏🏻