Troubled times on the trail

Dear blog followers,

Have you wondered what’s happened to the daily missives from Nepal? As usual there is a story behind the reason for the prolonged silence.

Part of the reason is poor internet connections. Many places these days are advertising WiFi, but most systems can’t handle more than a couple of users at a time. With so many people wanting to be connected, the systems are habitually overloaded and don’t work.

The other reason. Our Team Nepal is now only six instead of seven strong. One of our members needed to leave the trip early due to illness making it difficult for her to travel from one place to the next and to trek. Binod has now flown from Kathmandu to Pokhara, hired a Jeep to take him up to Landruk where we all met up. He returned to Pokhara with our unwell friend where he will remain with her until her husband and daughter arrive from Canada to be with her.

Concern and care for a person unfit to be undertaking this journey consumed my energy and I had nothing left to give to the joy of writing. Those of you who know me will understand the significance. I am always writing! The other members of our group were enormously supportive and between us all we were able to keep our I’ll When illness gets in the way of fun times.

Dear blog followers,

Have you wondered what’s happened to the daily missives from Nepal? As usual there is a story behind the reason for the prolonged silence.

Part of the reason is poor internet connections. Many places these days are advertising WiFi, but most systems can’t handle more than a couple of users at a time. With so many people wanting to be connected, the systems are habitually overloaded and don’t work.

The other reason. Our Team Nepal is now only six instead of seven strong. One of our members needed to leave the trip early due to illness making it difficult for her to travel from o me place to the next and to trek. Binod has now flown from Kathmandu to Pokhara, hired a Jeep to take him up to Landruk where we all met up. He returned to Pokhara with our unwell friend where he will remain with her until her husband and daughter arrive from Canada to be with her.

Concern and care for a person unfit to be undertaking this journey consumed my energy and I had nothing left to give to the joy of writing. Those of you who know me will understand the significance. I am always writing! The other members of our group were enormously supportive and between us all we were able to keep our ill friend safe.

I’ve given the telling of this part of our Nepal adventure considerable thought. Should I or shouldn’t I? I tell it for two reasons. The first is that it was part of our shared experience and had considerable impact on all of us. It is part of the story of this journey to Nepal.

The second reason is a cautionary note. Illness can be exasperated by travel. While cancelling, and if appropriate re booking for another time might be a difficult decision, not doing so can result in unnecessary stress and expense for “rescuers,” the ill traveller, travel companions and family at home. As we age, the likelihood of illness and potential changes of plan will probably become more frequent for all of us. I have two other friends who cancelled trips this year due to ill family members. They were keenly disappointed but knew they were making the right decision.

The remaining six of Team Nepal wish our now absent companion a happy reunion with family and safe return home.

I’ve given the telling of this part of our Nepal adventure considerable thought. Should I or shouldn’t I? I tell it for two reasons. The first is that it was part of our shared experience and had considerable impact on all of us. It is part of the story of this journey to Nepal.

The second reason is a cautionary note. Illness can be exasperated by travel. While cancelling, and if appropriate re booking for another time might be a difficult decision, not doing so can result in unnecessary stress and expense for “rescuers,” the ill traveller, travel companions and family at home. As we age, the likelihood of illness and potential changes of plan will probably become more frequent for all of us. I have two other friends who cancelled trips this year due to ill family members. They were keenly disappointed but knew they were making the right decision.

The remaining six of Team Nepal wish our now absent companion a happy reunion with family and safe return home.

One thought on “Troubled times on the trail

  1. What a stress and worry! I know each of you and particularly yourself Kim must have spent so much love and energy ,,,sounds like all the right decisions were made and she is our safely! Well done!. I hope the incredible joy you find in your mountains of Nepal fill you and you all trek on in good health! Enjoy!

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