The time had final come for us to leave Sydney for and start our trip around Nepal.
The first leg of our flight was 14 hours long to Dubai. We only had a two hour gap between flights. After a bit of a rush to the correct terminal for our flight to Kathmandu we were hit with a delay for two hours. This two hours soon stretched into another two and ended up being a 10 hour delay in Dubai. Finally we got a call over the speaker that the Kathmandu flight was boarding. I was just so happy to be finally boarding the plane I never even thought ‘Why were we delayed for so long?’. The flight was smooth and empty, we stretched out to get some rest. The pilot let us know due to the delays in Kathmandu airport we could not land so we would have to circle. I was to tired to care about us circling. Looking out the window at the mountains it was just a relief to be so close to finally being in Nepal. All of a sudden a huge plane came from under us and up the left hand side of the plane. I have never seen two planes so close to each other in the air, it scared me to death. All of a sudden I was wide awake and just wanted to land. My wish was granted only a few minuets after our close encounter with a China Eastern plane we were landing. The plane came to a halt, we had finally touched down in Nepal. When we were exiting the plane two men got down on there knees and kissed the ground. It was at this point MK let me know the reason for our delay was due to a plane crashing off the end of the run way that morning…Welcome to Nepal!
30 hours later we were slowly making our way through Nepal immigration. Immigration is slow and painful so just remain calm. It will be a long process. There is a line for the paper forms, then the electronic form and one for you to pay. After all that is complete you line up for the immigration desk. We were unlucky our immigration officer finished his shift. We had to stand and wait for the next one to come on duty. Once we were in the country we went through security again and collected our bags. As we exited the airport we were met with a crowd of people yelling names and holding signs. I spotted our name and waved. Our guide Raju came running up to us with a smile on his face welcoming us to Nepal. It was such a relief to see him as we thought with us being so late he might have given up on us. We got into a car and were given welcome flowers around our neck. Driving into Kathmandu at night was chaos, cars, trucks, people and motorbikes going in every direction. Exhausted from our travel it was hard to take it all in. We arrived at our hotel Kamuri Boutique Hotel in Thamel (tourist area). We arranged a time with Raju for the next day and we checked in. The hotel was lovely boutique hotel. Both of us were so happy to be safely in Nepal and at our hotel. We ordered some food and beer to the room. The night consisted of drinking our beers eating some great food and passing out.
The hotel included breakfast, we made our way down to the dinning room. Breakfast was a continental style with all the favorites; tea, coffee, cereal toast and eggs. Once we had food in our belly’s we went for a wonder around Thamel, which is a bit harder then you may think. The city is still recovering from the earthquake 5 years ago. The roads are dirt roads and there are no pavements. Buildings are still badly damaged or completely destroyed. Everyone seems to be working hard to get the city built up again. Walking down the small dusty roads you have to be alert as scooters and cars are just centimeters away from you. Electrical wires hang across the streets in mass quantity. We even saw two men trying to put one up and it was just hanging in the middle of the road. Most of the shops are hiking, tourist or food shops. There is such a buzz in this city it is beautiful chaos. After a small walk we decided to change some money and head back to the hotel. The only bit of dodgy trouble we had the entire month happened this day. Once we changed our money we did a quick count in the shop. As we counted the man at the counter was straight on the phone to someone and we heard him speaking Nepalese then say ‘Australian Dollar’. I assumed he was phoning the bank. We left the shop and not 30 seconds later a man came up to MK talking to him. When I turned around I saw another man very close to MK’s back pack. MK soon realized something wasn’t right when they complimented him on his Australian accent (neither of us are Aussie). We made a few quick turns and lost the two men. We figured the guy at the shop had tipped off his friend that we had changed a fair bit of Australian dollar. As I said earlier that was the only dodgy incident with people we had for the entire trip.
In the afternoon we met Raju in the lobby of our hotel and walked over to the trekking companies office. In the office we ran through our itinerary and paid the balance of our trip. We received a t-shirt each and a map for the route to Everest Base Camp. At this point it felt so exciting and nerve wracking to think we were so close to starting the trek. The trek did not start for another week but they really went over and beyond to look after us. We had booked to go to Chitwan National Park before the trek. Raju offered to take us to the bus the next morning and pick us back up from the bus when we returned. With all our questions answered we left the office and headed back to the hotel to get ready for tea. That night we walked around Thamel to a place called OR2K. Really laid back restaurant with a huge menu (veggie menu). Chilling on the pillows we tucked into different types of bread and dip along with a Everest beer. It felt great to relax and start to enjoy Nepal. Back at the hotel we packed a small bag for Chitwan and planned to leave our big luggage in our trekking hotel the next morning.
Early start as we had to meet Raju in the lobby at 6AM. He pulled up on his bike and we popped our duffel bag on the back of the bike. We walked behind him with our backpacks. Our first stop was the trekking hotel were we checked in our backpacks. Next stop was the bus. We followed Raju down to the main road were about 10 buses were lined up. Everyone was trying to get us on there bus. Raju took us to our bus and sorted our tickets out for us. The roads were still busy even in the early hours of the morning. The buses have a unique way of reversing. The ticket boy stands at the back of the bus and bangs on the back to let the driver know hes fine to reverse. When he stops the banging the driver stops reversing and waits for the banging to start again. 7AM came and we were off on our 8 hour bus ride to Chitwan National Park.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!
Hope everyone is having a happy and safe break with family and friends. I’m currently on a island in the middle of Fiji and can’t sleep… so why not write my last post of the year?
Fiji is beautiful, a little worried that all my good healthy work may be undone but hopefully do some exercise over the next few days! See what the scales say when I’m home.
Everyone reflects at the end of the year and looks to the next. This year for me has been a big one with MK and I doing long distance for 7 months, going home after 3 years, meeting MKs family, my mum getting married, moving in together, visas(standard) and working hard. We have done a lot of trips this year and most have been local to NSW but I have loved every adventure! So grateful for all my friends new and old and of course my family!
I have done some writing to reflect on the past month and year. Caught up with friends and recapped the crazy year we had, it’s a great way to keep the mind mindful and calm.
I’m hoping over the next few days in Fiji on the sun lounger MK and I put our plan together for 2018 and reflect on our 2017. We have a end goal of living a alternative lifestyle and want to bring you guys on the journey. More to come on that in the start of the year. But ultimately we will be doing some videos to make it more interactive.
Great time of year to review your goals and plans for the future…I will be sharing mine in the next blog.
Until then I’ll be living on Fiji Time! Bula!!
Made it to the finally work week before Christmas!
A bit slack on the blogs due to the silly season taking over work and social life. It s summer here now and everyone is trying to make the most of it. I have managed to keep at my -3.5KG but for the next few weeks I think a more realistic goal is to keep it at that. We are going to Fiji on Saturday and have friends from home visiting this week so just keeping the weight I’ve lost off will be a challenge in its self. MK and I have talked about it and we have loved the new lifestyle of taking extra care of what we put into our mouths and the exercise…with that in Fiji we are going to try be active most days even if its Yoga or a snorkel.
We have done some cool things over the past few weekends. We took a swim and sunbath in the beautiful pool at North Sydney, attended a friends boat party on the harbour at sunset, got up to watch the sunrise, spa day at the Langham Hotel, Christmas BBQ’s with friends and family, watched the Christmas light show at St Marys Cathedral and tried out a few new bars having some festive drinks and catch ups. Just added a few photos below.
St Mary’s Cathedral.
St Mary’s Cathedral
Christmas lights in Martins Place
Memorial in Martins Place
Door Knock the new bar in the CBD
View from our boat party at sunset…Sydney looking beautiful!
The pool at our spa day in the Langham Hotel…worth a visit.
I did it…I managed to knock a KG off the scales. Total of 2.5KG. I could not feel better. I have more energy, more focus and don’t feel bloated after a meal.
This weekend we did go out with friends for Christmas drinks. I did resist beer and wine. I had a few proseccos and that was it. On the Sunday we also did a walk across the Harbour bridge and some lengths of the pool in North Sydney. This pool is worth a venture to the other side of the bridge. Tired from the night out it was pretty slow going in the pool. After drying off in the sun MK walked back over the bridge and I took the ferry. For me personal after a night out a month ago I would have been eating everything in sight trying to manage my hang over. It was a little step in showing myself I have changed my motivation by swimming away the cobwebs.
A blog coming this week on how I made my non eating calendar for $20. I also received a gift colander from my mum with Body Shop products behind each door. Can’t wait for the 1st December to hit!!!!
We listened to the weather forecast and cancelled our weekend of camping. We should never have listened to the weather as the rain held off and it was decent.
Our friends braved the forecast and it paid off hey had a great weekend down in Kiama. I was pretty bummed we stayed home and had no plans. I was trying to see the positive in the situation (it took me a while) but we did have a good weekend.
We just did simple tasks which we have been wanting to do. A BBQ was finally purchased for the balcony, we spent up vouchers received from friends and we visited two Christmas warehouses in Alexandria as it is nearly upon us.
The balcony is ready for summer. I wrote my last blog out on the balcony with my incense sticks burning and a cup of tea. It was a relaxing few hours. I think I’ll be spending more time out there. For Christmas this year we are having friends round for a BBQ instead for presents. I can’t wait to use it! I almost want to call the balcony my room. Also somewhere for me to watch my Netflix shows as a certain someone will not give Riverdale a chance. Quick side note we are addicted to Sinner on Netflix starring Jessica Biel.
Photo of my new office!
This weekend my sister and I are going to the spa at the Langham Hotel in the Rocks. We were lucky enough to receive a gift voucher. I shall let you know how we get on. Hopefully creating a homemade advent calendar and finding some Christmas bargains!!!!! Keep up with what I find on my Insta story.
First week done! I did loose 1/2kg this week. I think I could have lost a lot more but the Melbourne Cup happened. Which meant one of my swimming days took a hit and I drank booze on a week day. It was my first MC day in the city and it was great… glad I joined in. Although I must give myself credit I did not eat the spread work put on I stuck to my salad…it was also like the best spread I have even seen at a work function! Also Wednesday stress took over and I ate a bag of crisps…these have been my bad moments.
I did how ever do my first weekend of eating healthy. On Sunday I resisted wine and crisps whilst I watched a movie with MK. I let him enjoy them I had a glass of water and celery sticks with the dip. I had coffee with a few girl friends and I had my lunch at home before I met them. Having lunch before hand made it a lot easier to have a coffee and resist buying a cake as well.
My realisation from the choices I made above was the world did not end and I didn’t pass out from starvation by resisting temptation.
It’s all in your head and you just have to fight it. Some other changes I made are one cup of tea a day any more I have green tea. Drinking water with every meal helps me make sure I am drinking water all day…I tend to forget when I am at home to keep up the water in take. At work I am checking the milk to make sure I use only the Fat Free Milk (it looks so weird but doesn’t taste to bad). I have a goal to exercise 3x a week so far I’ve done one so I have to get two more sessions in by Monday.
Overall I don’t feel like I did my best this week but I conquer a lot of demands so it gives me that push to nail next week and have a full week of clean eating!
Any more tips let me know!
No photos this week. Haven’t been out with the camera as it has been a crazy work week!