And we’re off

by Kim on March 31, 2013 · 61 comments

It appears that in the 2.5 months since Brian and I settled down in Goa we’ve lost our ability to make decisions.

It’s amazing, the decision fatigue. I am so sick of making decisions. Sometimes I just want to scream I DON’T CARE WHERE WE EAT DINNER I JUST WANT SOMEONE TO TELL ME WHERE TO GO. (I know, I know, first world problems and all that).

As the lease on our apartment drew to a close mid-March we knew it was time to start making plans again but, unable to bring ourselves to do so, we pushed our move-out date back instead. April rushed towards us and we knew it was time to pull ourselves together. So we booked train tickets all over India, from Goa to Mumbai to Aurangabad to Varanasi.  Then we sat back and patted ourselves on the back because we had it: a plan.

We were supposed to leave on Saturday. But on Friday, as we discussed the plan, Brian said, “God, it sounds so exhausting.”

It did sound exhausting. And the truth was, neither of us really wanted to do it. So we cancelled the train tickets and sat at breakfast mulling over our options. “We can go directly to Varanasi,” Brian offered. I shook my head no. “What about Australia?” I said. Brian said, looking at me as though I’d lost my mind. “Australia is too far away and too expensive.” And then, “How about Sri Lanka?” For one reason or another Sri Lanka is always our backup plan.  I ate my eggs, fighting the urge to yell: I DON’T CARE WHERE WE GO I JUST WANT SOMEONE TO TELL ME TO GO THERE.

Except, I did care about where to go. Because I didn’t want to go to Mumbai. I didn’t want to go to Varanasi.

Here’s a trick, when trying to make a decision it is important to ask yourself what you really want. Like, HELLO.

So we asked and the little voices inside of us spoke up: We want to escape the hot weather. We want to leave India. We want the mountains. We want to spend time outdoors.

We want to go to Nepal.

So we’re going. Tomorrow!!!

Our loose plans include spending some time in Kathmandu and visiting Chitwan National Park before meeting friends in Pokhara mid-April to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Afterwards, Brian and I will set out alone to tackle the Annapurna Circuit, a 3-week circumnavigation of Annapurna Mountain, the 10th highest peak in the world. (Thanks to LivingIf for all of the great information about trekking in Nepal).

So we have it: a new plan. A plan we’re really excited about.

If you have any tips or advice about things to do and see in Nepal please share them in the comments below.

Bring on the mountains!


P.S. I just learned about The Great Himalaya Trail and now I have yet another thing to add to my ever-expanding list of things to do before I die.