Juliet and Pricey arrived today, bearing gifts for all. 35 hours in airports and aeroplanes, Christchurch, Auckland, Hong Kong, Dhaka, Kathmandu. They finally arrived through customs at 2330, the only mishap of the whole trip, Belinda's big jar of marmite, seized by Auckland Aviation Security. Hope you enjoy it guys. A kiwi family in Kathmandu is going without, because 500gms of Marmite is a security risk on an aeroplane. Sorry Cowie family. We tried.
I was so glad to see them arrive. Not just because they were bearing gifts. I haven't seen Ju since mid January in Vietnam, and now she's here with me in Kathmandu. And I've cycled the whole way. It's sinking in. I'm pretty proud of my achievement so far, and so pleased that she can join me to celebrate, and share a couple of weeks of R&R.
I've seen so many amazing things on my travels, and they keep appearing..... This morning I met a gay couple from Israel. They've been in Kathmandu for about ten days, and today they were rewarded for their patience. They took
delivery of their new three day old daughter, from a surrogate Indian mother. They need to stay here another two or three weeks to get all the paperwork sorted, but were very excited at progress so far. I hate to guess at how much it is costing them. They told us that there were six other couples taking delivery of babies at our hotel. Wow. Big business.
Today we've been showing Pricey Thamel. He's loving it. Everything is so new. I'm honored that he has taken the opportunity to come to Nepal and join Ju and I over this period of R&R.
We are all teaching First Aid to a group of Nepali guides over the next couple of days, with Tessa and Belinda coming along to act as patients. Should be fun, as long as the Thunderstorms stop. Then Tessa, Pricey, Ju and I are heading out to Pokura, and Annapuna, trekking for three weeks......that is after we attend the Anzac Day ceremonies at the Australian Embassy......no Jandals or shorts allowed.