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Adventures in Nepal including Richard Gere

I’ve been meaning for a while now to share a few photos from our adventures in Nepal before the Mini Travellers came along.  When we met in 2007 we resolved to keep exploring at the pace we had before, but we didn’t bank on Lily coming along quite so soon in September 2010.

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We did however manage to fit in quite a few trips before our Mini Travellers slowed us down a little and perhaps one of the most exciting was our honeymoon in Nepal.  We decided to trek through the Annapurna Mountain range to Annapurna Base Camp.

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

The trek starts in Pokhara and was physically and at times mentally exhausting, but was one of the best things I have ever done.  We slept on concrete beds, ate more dal bhat (a plate of rice, lentils and vegetable curry) than you would ever want to, and walked up and down more steps than you could count; Nepalese flat was not very flat at all!

The trek took around 6 days and whilst our days were sunny and bright, the nights were cold and dark.  I’ll leave the photos to tell the story of the trek, they say it far better than I ever could.

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Local School

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Village to Sleep for the Night

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Incredible views every morning

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Concrete Beds!

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Still Smiling – Just..

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

We made it!

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

The story ends though with a broken elbow in Pokhara on the night we got back, probably due to too many cocktails but I’ll also blame the fact I was in early stages of pregnancy and didn’t know. X-rays in the back room of a shop with no lead to protect me, blood stained beds in a nursing home and a ‘doctor’ who said he’d not done the operation without general anaesthetic before all followed.  It was pretty scary stuff.

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

The icing on the cake and the reason for the title to the story (you wondered where Richard Gere came in didn’t you) was a lovely hotel in Kathmandu, Dwarika’s Hotel where we ended our honeymoon.  A small boutique hotel in the centre of town renowned for amazing service. Their apology when we checked in for the short delay was “I’m sorry Madam for the short delay but Mr Richard Gere is checking in”.  I was, for once, speechless. Despite being on honeymoon I abandoned my new husband to race to the courtyard for a table as close to Mr Gere as possible, almost elbowing a fellow hotel guest out of the way for the last table.

Nepal Adventure to Annapurna Sanctuary

You really can’t see Mr Gere on this photo but he is there if you squint, and my corporate ice breaker is often that Richard Gere once asked me if I was ok and how I had come to be in a beautiful hotel in Kathmandu with a broken arm.  I batted my false eyelashes at him (still on from the wedding) whilst my husband looked on in wonder at my shameless disregard for our marriage vows!

In summary the arms now OK, I met Richard Gere, trekked to a beautiful place and am (thankfully) still married to my husband (who forgave my shameless flirting) and now have my three beautiful Mini Travellers.

 

 

 

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa@intotheglade
    17th March 2016 at 9:06 am

    This is a brilliant post Karen, I can definitely see Richard Gere on that picture. The photographs are amazing, until the concrete beds that is ha! How scary to break your arm there!!! It was lovely to see you and the girls last night. Have a wonderful holiday and hopefully see you when you get back. Take care xx

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    barjerow
    17th March 2016 at 9:36 am

    What an adventure and what fabulous views and photographs !! It looks like it was an amazing time all round and as you say, the icing on the cake was t meet Richard Geere!

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    Debbie
    17th March 2016 at 10:23 am

    Hi Karen, what an amazing way to spend your Honeymoon. Your pictures are amazing and the location of that school is enough to get me wanting to go back (to daydream and whilst staring at the spectacular view).

    As for flirting with Richard Gere? You were only doing what any red blooded female would have done!

    xx

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    Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    17th March 2016 at 10:56 am

    What an incredible experience…I have a massive crush on the silver fox that is Richard Gere!! I suppose Napal looks OK too 😉 PS What a brilliant and eventful honeymoon! x

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    Heidi - @Cosmochicklitan
    17th March 2016 at 11:17 am

    Wow – absolutely breathtaking (well, apart from the broken elbow obviously). Well done for “surviving” such a challenging trek. I bet these memories will stay with you forever! #MyCapturedMoment

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    Mellissa Williams
    17th March 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Is it wrong to be jealous that you have met Richard Gere?

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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    17th March 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Wow, what beautiful pictures and an amazing narrative with it! Your poor elbow, but the story about Richard here is a classic! #mycapturedmoment

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    Suzanne
    17th March 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Gosh I’m so pleased to have stumbled upon this post. My 15 year old daughter is going on a 3 week trek to Nepal with her school in July. A thoroughly interesting post to read right now, as we prepare all of her equipment. Any tips? (tweet me!)

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    Heledd - Running in Lavender
    18th March 2016 at 8:08 am

    Oh my word, what an adventure!! That is one very different but super cool honeymoon. Shame it ended up with a broken elbow but lovely that you came home pregnant. Great post, I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you so much for linking up to #mycapturedmoment xx

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    18th March 2016 at 3:22 pm

    What a great story and what an amazing trip this must have been. The views are simply breath taking. I am pleased your elbow is ok now and wow having a chat with Richard Gere! x #MyCapturedMoment

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    amiecaitlin | findingourfeeti
    19th March 2016 at 3:16 pm

    “The shameless disregard for our wedding vows” so made me laugh!! I can’t believe you haven’t shared this story before. It’s so dramatic between your elbow (which, by the way, did I read that right that you had no aesthetic!?) and Richard Gere!

    Though this post has made me extremely nostalgic for my travelling days… I haven’t been as vigilant in not letting a tiny tot in tow slow me down on the exploring the world front. Now she’s two it might be time to get my confidence back methinks.
    #mycapturedmoment

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    Sarah Christie
    19th March 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Ah I remember you telling me this story it is fab to see the photos, and oooh Richard Gere, I love him. Wait till you visit Animal Kingdom go to the Everest area they have done a wonderful job of recreating Nepal, it actually blew my mind x

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    Helena
    20th March 2016 at 4:46 pm

    You had me drawn in from those colourful prayer flags. Enjoyed reading about your adventure/honey moon too and pleased to hear that you are now much better. #mycapturedmoment

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