I First Impression
Here I am in Nepal! Although I’ve lived in Lebanon, Italy, and travelled around the US a bit, I still feel like I haven’t truly adventured and the concept of traveling for travelling’s sake has never been a part of me. So when Matias suggested our vacation of undetermined length be in his former host country of Nepal I was more than excited! I mean, it’s 3rd world, farther east than I’ve ever been, mega cheap, and full of the world’s most incredible natural wonders (hello Himalayas!).
Getting here was no problem, considering we spent a night in Dubai and hung out with MY internet best friend and our 2Famous Beauty Editor, Meghan O. for the first time IN REAL LIFE! She’s as badass as she is sweet and more beautiful than the midnight moon. Our friend Andrew (and my former coworker, yes I had a job once) hosted us. Let’s just say Andrew is the dream host and knows exactly how to make Dubai an exciting and livable place (something I could not fathom).
Once we touched down in Nepal, it was time for Mr. Matias to take over — he IS the expert, after all. But, the lack of one pen sent the three of us scrambling in circles in the customs area, casting pleading eyes and not-so-sticky fingers in search of one. Finally he befriended the liquor store guy and we got our pens to fill out forms.
Then we needed cash for our visas. So we withdrew it — in rupees. But the cash had to be in ANY OTHER CURRENCY (except Lebanese) so I essentially withdrew rupees from my USD account and then had to exchange those rupees back into dollars to pay for my visa. #complicated #3worldEvidence. Finally, we got out!
Then we embarked on our search for our 4th member, Knut. In total, I’m traveling with 3 Norwegian men: Matias, Jorgen, and Knut. I’ll have so much more to share on the ups and downs of that later. For now, I’ll give you a breather until I unload my almost breakdown followed by our hanging out with an all-boy Nepali neighborhood gang.
And Hira, Matias’ friend and our underground guide (you’ll see)
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