Where has the time gone? Nepal is coming to an end… Okay, okay, okay… I know, I have been slacking in the update department on the blog. I am aware. Honestly, it is because 1.) Have been trekking for nearly a month without a laptop, and without sufficient wifi… and 2.) I have been really focusing and researching things for the blog, to make it a more ‘successful’ blog and to really see what direction I want to go with it.
I don’t like purely doing something for myself… and as much as these updates are “for me” they really are for my friends, family, and family friends to help keep tabs on me throughout my travels and I want to change that. I want my posts to inspire people to branch out and do the same.
What’s been up lately? Short Story Long…
Holidays and Family!
I had the pleasure of celebrating Tihar (AKA Diwali), and Dasara here in Kathmandu with my family. I will be writing posts dedicated to each of them explaining the ins and outs of the cultural aspects, as best I can, but for me? It meant a lot of food, a lot of drink, and a lot of catching up with family I hadn’t seen in nearly a decade. It was wonderful!
Pictures from the holidays:
I left in the beginning of November to head to Pokhara in order to start a 16+ day trek, and on day 14, I gave up. This was due to a multitude of things… but, the main ones were I had gotten sick (a cold) and combining that with the altitude = Bad. So, I turned back, headed to pokhara again to rest, get better, and do a different trek to make up for the few days I lost from being sick. I did the Poon Hill trek and it was wonderfully easy— Especially coming from The Circuit.
A few pics from the treks:
In between Treks
On my off days in Pokhara I lounged about, read a book, and explored the city! I visited the World Peace Pagoda, and rented a motorcycle to zip around town in. This was probably one of my favorite ways to see Pokhara because of multiple reasons: 1. The traffic in Pokhara is not even a FRACTION of what it is in Kathmandu, which means the air is cleaner, theres less dirt in your eyes, and you get fresh lake air right in your face! And 2. because I was able to see the city from so many different views, from the top of the hills at the pagoda, from the lake side, and from the rural surrounding villages! It was beautiful. Also, I went PARAGLIDING! It was nothing short of epic, although… going nearly 2000meters up in under 30min, the altitude started to make me a little nauseous… but the acrobatics and flips afterwards helped settle my stomach!
Pictures from Pokhara
Back in Kathmandu
After getting back to Kathmandu, I spent a few days resting, relaxing and learning about different aspects of my blog— there is a HELL of a lot more that goes into one of these than “simply writing some shit and hitting enter.”
I visited with some friends I had made along my treks, hopped on a motorcycle and sped around the valley visiting Bhaktapur, and Nagarkot, and now I’m hanging out until Dec. 3— when I leave to trek to Everest Base Camp. (I can’t wait!)
- I have decided that I want to start writing more informative posts, ones which people can actually use to help them travel, I have several ideas in the works.
- I am going to focus a little more on growing my photography brand and attempt to get my photos out into the world a little more than on this blog (However, a new photography section on the blog is in the works.)
- I want to create my first ebook! (Subject matter will not be disclosed as of yet!) BUT I have a LOT of ideas in mind!
- I will be going back to the states for Christmas to see my friends, family and my wonderful girlfriend.
- I’m continuing to learn about Google Analytics and how to grow social media! If you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter! You should! Check the bottom of the page!
- Speaking of subscribing, I am going to develop a free photography ebook with my top 17 favorite photos from my travels so far that will be sent to you when you subscribe!
- Okay—back to work for me! Prepping to trek and finish going through and editing the over 1700 photos I took from my treks!