Getting the opportunity to re-visit somewhere so close to your first experience has been a lot of fun. As I mentioned in the last post- our opinions have been changed and molded based on the experiences we have had over the past 2 weeks in Nepal and India.
The one meal of the day we have been the most excited for is breakfast. In India, it got a little more boring as we were a bit more restricted to buffet breakfasts, but Nepal is our breakfast heaven for this trip! Bananas and porridge for all!!! Needless to say, over dinner at Gaia in Kathmandu last night, we were already planning our breakfast orders.
Our drive to Pokhara today was much smoother than our last go (see Super Chill and Fun Lovin'). And what an impression we have made on people in Nepal... The front desk staff at Hotel Fuji in Kat recognized us. The two young gents serving us at the Hilltop restaurant on the way to Pokhara mentioned to Shorty that we were there a few weeks ago, and "drank lots of beers" (G6, Curly and Skinny helped, thank you very much!!), and even tonight at Once Upon a Time in Pokhara, the server recognized us as the "regular customers from Canada," right off the bat.
We're staying at Hotel Landmark this time around- and the rooms are the best we have been in. We each our own bed (small victories), It's clean and has a nice little balcony that we all gushed over when we got here. A nice upgrade from our last accommodation in Pokhara.
Tomorrow morning we'll be heading out for our trek in Annapurna. We've picked up a few last minute items (better gloves, rain ponchos, leg warmers, and of course- snacks) and I think we're ready to go. Almost anything you would need for trekking/hiking can be found in Pokhara, you just need to be careful as some of the goods are imitation- so buyer beware. The S-Mart is the best spot we found in town to buy snack food (granola, nuts, water, chocolate, bars etc.) We managed to get all of our extras for about CAD$20 each-very reasonable.
We'll be offline for a few days likely, as we're staying in tea houses in the villages during the trek. I have a feeling we're going to have one or two stories by the next time we get online.
Off on foot-
The Trekking Triad
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