instead of somewhere else.
2.9.10 -10 °F
Well, our original plan was Nepal. Kathmandu, Mount Everest, Pokhara, Chitwan. I wanted to see Mount Everest and trek near the Annapurna range to see the Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) peak. Dan wanted to play with, swim with, and ride the backs of the elephants on Nepal's version of a safari to see the the endangered one-horned Rhino in Chitwan National Park. We were both looking forward to experiencing the notorious, frenzied city of Kathmandu, and most importantly, spending time with our wonderful student friends who live there.
However, the Maoists in Nepal have been creating some strife lately. They've called for strikes on a moments notice. When this happens all transport is suspended and people are not allowed out of their homes, hotels or the airport, lest they be... shot... maimed? ...scolded? I'm still not sure about the consequences, but I guess people do comply. The strikes seem to last about three days. Sometimes there is violence in the streets of Kathmandu, usually following demonstrations that were intended to be peaceful.
Nonetheless, I still wanted to go. The odds continue to be overwhelmingly in favor of getting out alive, albeit with potential inconveniences. A cooler head (Dan) prevailed, and our long awaited Nepal trip is once again postponed. Dang.
Anyway, we've decided to go back to Zihuatanejo, which is actually a great consolation. 15 days and counting!