JamJam and LaLaLa

Nepalese language lesson😆

(oops, I thought this posted already… this is the first day of trek!!!!)

Quickly after starting the trek, Harry and I both discovered that he would say “jamjam” to me a lot. Jamjam! = Let’s go!

The first day of walking was up-up-up-a.little.flat-up-up-a.little.down-up. Lots of ups. Lots of jamjams!

On the first morning of the trek, we took a taxi from Pokhara to Nayapul. Beauty everywhere.

on the way to nayapul

on the way to nayapul

And some technology… Discovery of Nepali bluetooth

step 1: secure cell phone under hat

step 1: secure cell phone under hat

step 2: talk hands-free

step 2: talk hands-free

Nayapul drop-off. And start walkin.

village on mountainside

village on mountainside

quadruple waterfall

quadruple waterfall

welcome! ACA

welcome! ACA

sweet oranges

Hi Harry! buying oranges

houses across the way

houses across the way

field

this is through a hole in the wall of the bathroom.

restaurant view

restaurant view

spinach growing

spinach growing

dal bhat - spinach picked from garden

dal bhat – spinach picked from garden

Dal bhat for our inaugural lunch, of course.

On the first day, we walked for a total of maybe 4 hours. Our destination on Day 1 was the village of Tikhedhunga.

road portion

road portion

village

i love the colors!

foggy but pretty

foggy but pretty

fellow trekkers - and a rooster

fellow trekkers – and a rooster

The colors are so beautiful… I can’t imagine the summertime when there are rhododendrons blooming everywhere!

As we were walking, I got to listen to Harry’s conversations on his cell phone some, and I was noticing, every time he was getting off the phone, the last thing he would say was: “La, la, la. La!” Every time. What does it mean?? “La” means “Okay”. So, I’m thinking that once I get back to the states and can use my cell phone again, when I want to get off the phone with someone, I will just say,La, La, La! LA!!!” and hang up. Will that work?

We got to Tikhedhunga around 3pm. It was significantly colder than Pokhara! And no heat. But it didn’t matter because it was soo much fun! We stayed at a place called Chandra Guest House, and the owner’s name is Asta. He’s hilarious and treated us really nicely. His Chef was great too – he let me stay in the kitchen while he was cooking because it was the only place with any heat, even though I was in the way😊!

curry! from a REAL kitchen:)

curry! from a REAL kitchen:)

flat stanley cooking

flat stanley cooking

final product! chicken curry

final product! chicken curry

we all use the same walkway

we all use the same walkway

This guy is awesome (Asta, not Flat Stanley). He knows 7 languages, he’s lived all over the world… He and Harry made the freezing night so much fun😌 He shared some yak cheese with us too, which was the first time I’ve ever had any food product from a yak. Very mild in flavor.

Asta and Flat Stanley!

Asta and Flat Stanley!

Sad to leave! Look at this place, it’s beautiful, and this is in the wintertime.

Hasta, Asta!

Hasta, Asta!

Nepal was super cold for me at night, and I didn’t get to see the rhododendrons, but I’m glad that I visited during the off-season because there weren’t huge amounts of tourists everywhere. There actually weren’t many at all. Which is good when you’re trekking – it’s not fun to hike and have people crowding around you.

Day 1 was a lot of uphill walking, including lots of stairs. But, at the end of the day, Harry told me that it WASN’T much uphill and that Day 2 would be a lot more climbing😓!  Then, he said, “Jamjam!”😟   Of. Course.

Next up: More Nepal😊

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