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Nepal travel report, part III

On the fourth day of the trek, I enjoyed a private “Sound of Music” moment, just before we reached Junbesi. Sadly, I couldn’t share it with anyone, because this particular popcultural reference requires considerable herzensbildung that, I fear, none of my travel companions possessed. Barbarians. (English speakers, take note: just like “schadenfreude” and “angst”, “herzensbildung” is a phrase that you really should incorporate into your language).


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Whilst everyone else was having a break and watching child labour (see this post), I strolled down to the abyss to take a closer look. And thus I’m afraid I can no longer avoid the quote: When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. There really is a very powerful pull behind those sheer depths. Should I ever decide to commit suicide, I think I would like to jump down from a great height – preferably towards a pretty landscape.

Hm. Perhaps taking up abseiling* is the answer.

*There’s another good German word for you.

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Pictured: Not quite a nun.

A quick google image search for The Sound of Music might help at this point, in case you don’t understand what I’m going on about.

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Get thee to a nunnery

Only one person will get this joke, but I couldn’t resist putting it in. (Hand in Hand mit Ihnen, Verehrteste...)

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Sadly, I don’t think I managed to take a picture of a nun, but they looked pretty much like the monks anyway.

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He was my favourite.

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Totally LOLing at the sinners praying in the pit.

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Texting. Prayers, no doubt.

Meanwhile, back in the mountains...

Nur für Niklas:
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Das ist Joe aus Australien. Sonja aus karslruhe hab ich leider kein foto von..!! :-(

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Das ist der Becher, aus dem Joe aus Australien trank.

On our way up a mountain (tall, steep), we stopped for a cup of tea. The tea was served in these darling little blue mugs that had been originally used to serve mulled wine at the Frankfurt Christmas market. That brought a tear to R.’s and to my eyes, I can tell you!

As did this:

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“Papa!”

The lodge in Junbesi was decorated in the German/Swiss Alpine style, which delighted us all. I told the natives that both R.’s and my fathers looked the spitting image of the friendly chap pictured above. I wouldn’t let the fact that her father is Dutch and mine is Polish stop me from perpetuating cultural stereotypes, would I, now?

That was all before we met Al from Canada, whose grandparents came from the Ukraine and who, therefore, was of German origin and spoke and understood some German (Plattdeutsch). (That makes totally sense, BTW, because of Germany’s foreign policy in the first half of the last century. You might have heard about it.)

Al thus was able to smoothly enter into conversations about topics that were close to our heart: “So who’s your favourite singer? David Hasselhoff?”

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<3 David

He’s on our stamps, you know.

(After he’d travelled with us for a couple of days, Joe started to threaten to mention the war whenever I said something that annoyed him, which happened often enough. Cross-cultural misunderstandings or personal antipathy? The jury’s still out on this one.)

Sadly, we had to part from Al and Joe after Namche Bazaar, because we wanted to go and look at the Everest and other mountains from one side, whilst they wanted to look at them from the other side. Here’s what our perspective looked like (all mountain pictures courtesy of R.):

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Dramatic landscape is dramatic.

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The way back home. Thanks, mountains, and goodbye.

Date: 2010-11-05 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Oh thank you so much for posting these! They are astounding, hilarious, wonderful! Thank you for sharing them!

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