In a few hours, I’ll be en route to my next destination…Nepal!
For the next 10 days I’ll be traveling on the “roof of the world,” which will be, I imagine, quite different than any other place I’ve seen. I’ll be meeting my friend Ben there, who was last here during Pi Mai Lao and has been travelling around Asia ever since.
Less than 2 weeks is really far too short to spend in the country of a million treks, but I hope just to get a taste of the Himalayas and of the geographic and cultural landscape of Nepal.
The rough plan: Kathmandu–>Pokhara–> several days trekking in the Annapurna region –>Pokhara –> KTM–> and home.
I’ll be back to blogging at the end of the month, with some exciting blog updates coming this fall!
Though it may sound like I’ve been constantly traveling, because it takes me so long to update the site, I actually have been working hard here in Vientiane for the past 10 weeks, and the first term of 2011 is already over. Review Jeopardy has been played, reward stickers have been distributed, and reports have been handed out. So that can only mean one thing–spring break! The blog will be on hiatus until the end of April because I’ll be on the road again.
Here’s what’s in store:
April 2-5: Thailand- Bangkok and Chiang Mai
April 6-13: Burma (Myanmar)- Yangon, Bagan, and Inle Lake
April 14-19: back in Vientiane for Pi Mai Lao! (Lao New Year)
April 20: back to work for Term 2
Now that the term has come to a close, it’s time for a vacation. The break after this term is a month long, because it’s summer in Australia and because this is the end of Term 4 at Vientiane College, so the new year also starts a new school year. Therefore, there are major travel adventures in store.
Dec. 19: One day in Bangkok
Dec. 19-Jan. 1: India! I’ll be traveling with two PiA Singapore fellows, first taking trains between Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi, then flying south to Kerala State (Cochin, Munnar, Allepey, Varkala). I’m expecting India to be crazy, chaotic, fragrant, possibly illness-inducing, colorful, impressive, and delicious, among other things. (The first sentence of the Lonely Planet Guide description of Varanasi is “Brace Yourself.”)
Jan. 1-Jan. 4: Singapore! Spending more time with the Singapore fellows, and (likely) marveling at the efficiency of the modern city and the contrasts with India.
Jan. 4-???: Thailand! I’ll be visiting friends and PiA fellows in Chiang Rai, Nan, and Chiang Mai. Enjoying the company and working my way back toward Vientiane.
Jan. 20th: First day of teaching. New year, new term, new classes.
(key: A: Vientiane; B: Bangkok; C: New Delhi; D: Agra; E: Varanasi; F:Cochin; G: Trivandrum–departure point from India; H: Singapore; I: Chiang Rai; J: Nan; K: Chiang Mai)
Unfortunately, the fact that I’m having these epic adventures and visiting so many different places means that there will probably be a month-long blogging hiatus. I might try to drop in a quick update or two when I get a chance at an internet cafe, but substantive updates and photos will have to wait until January…look forward to many exciting things to come in the new year! In the meantime, enjoy a glance at some more photos from the past 3 months in my Picasa albums.