Paragliding and Books With A Touch of Meningitis

“The glass is neither half full nor half empty rather; it is twice as big as it needs to be.”

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My last few weeks in Pokhara have been extremely relaxing yet eventful in their own sort of way. So, first let’s start with the good stuff.

I got to go paragliding! An avid traveler and paraglid instructor here in Pokhara offered me a trip as a sort of “pay it forward.” He explained that he too had many people help him out as he drove around the world (in a bus made from scraps that ran off of vegetable oil), and that he knew someday I would pass on the favor when I could as well. So I found myself (literally) flying into the clouds one morning for a wonderful flying experience.

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Unfortunately, a few days after my paragliding adventure I started to become sick.. Again! For someone who hasn’t been sick in nearly ten years, I haven’t had much luck on this trip so far. I developed a deep pounding (constant) headache, stiff neck muscles, a fever, very swollen lymph nodes, and an overall feeling of exhaustion. Though to confirm I would have needed a spinal tap (definitely not something I plan to do in Nepal), a doctor suggested it might be meningitis. Thankfully there are different types of meningitis, and I ended up with the much less deadly version, which, after just over a week in bed, started to go away on its own.

I briefly visited the Tibetan settlement just outside of Pokhara. The day I went they were having some sort of celebration or gathering.

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And besides that, I did absolutely nothing during my stay in Pokhara. I spent most of my time reading (everything from Nicholas Sparks, to Seven Years in Tibet, to French climbing books) and listening to radiolab, my very favorite podcast. I went on a few walks near the lake, but for the most part I just stayed in my neighborhood. Though it was nice to have some time to myself, to do things that I never seem to have time for while I am cycling, I was definitely going a bit stir crazy by the end.

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My favorite baby cow stealing a meal for himself.

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