Our third and final destination in Nepal was the gorgeous mountain town of Pokhara, about a 5 hour bus ride through lush valleys, river, and farmland outside of Kathmandu. It was a relaxed and romantic four day trip. After having spent the last month or so in crowded, dirty cities in India (plus Kathmandu, which though calmer was along the same lines), a sunny mountain retreat was the perfect anecdote to the pollution, hassles, and crowds. We spent most of our days walking through the downtown area, taking a boat ride on the lake, hitting up backpacker bar happy hours and taking in as much mountain air as we could.
Even though Nepal is currently going through the aftermath of the earthquake, a topic I discussed in the last post, we had more adventures in the country we want to share. After spending time in Kathmandu we left for the nearby town of Bhaktapur, a city filled with as many important temples as Kathmandu with it's own local specialty dish to try.
Nepal was struck by a massive earthquake last week, the second in less than a month. While we were in Nepal months ago, our first post about our adventures published the same day as the first earthquake. We have many more tales to share about our time in Nepal - about the people we met, the stories they told us, and the culture and landscapes we witnessed. It seemed inappropriate, however, to post more blogs about our adventures in the darkest period immediately after the earthquake. We will return to those stories, but first I want to share a few thoughts about travel and forming emotional connections to other people and places.
Kelsi and I set out from Boston six months ago and this seems like an opportune time to reflect on the trip thus far. Although on the blog we’re still posting stories from India, I write this from a café/bar on an island in Vietnam. Vietnam is our last stop in Asia and we soon be flying back over the Pacific. We have lot more stories to share from India and the rest of Asia, so expect more of those to come after this post, but for now I take a moment to look back.