A journalist observes life in the far north.
The living room has turned into a Nepal staging area and my pre-trip “to do” list is growing. I feel good, moderately fit anyway, but I wish I trained more. Hopefully, I can get out this weekend.
The news out of Nepal is still not great. I read last week that the government and the opposition are building up their Armies. The U.S. State Department has a travel warning for Nepal. It basically says not expect help if something bad happens in the backcountry. Great, huh? We are advised to check in at the embassy in Kathmandu after we arrive. I hope this New Zealander who arranged this trip is the real deal because my government has made it clear that it does not have my back.
Most of the trouble is reportedly in the south and we’ll be in the north. Kathmandu, which is about as big as Dallas, is said to be safer than most American cities. Still, it’s not advised to go out alone at night, especially women. Alec thinks we’ll be fine because we’ll be with a big international group.
Alec has had T-shirts and hats made that say “Alaskan Granite, Everest 2009 and glacierboy.com,” which is his climbing Web site. A going away party is set for Sunday at the Boatel Sleazy Waterfront Bar. I’ll take some pictures and hopefully post them Sunday night.
I am testing some $16 travel underwear. The package says, “17 countries. 6 weeks. And one pair of underwear.” I won’t say for how many days I’ve been wearing them but they are holding up very well. I’m going to wash them by hand tomorrow, which is how I imagine I’ll have to wash them on the trip. They’re supposed to dry in two hours.