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Spring 2011 Nepal – Day 1-3

The team arrives into Kathmandu after 39 hours of traveling. With more airplane time than anyone would ever want to squeeze into two days, the group is exhausted but extremely happy to be in the country that will forever leave an impression upon each of their lives. First stop, Lhakpa’s place! Where everyone would enjoy chai, crackers, and Nepalese bananas (like the standard banana we’re used to but smaller and sweeter). Once everyone sorted through the packs they will carry over the next two weeks and grow what will surely be an intimate love-hate relationship with, the team piled into a cozy bus where they would enjoy what one could best describe as “Intro to Nepalese Aggressive & Efficient Space Driving & Horn Technique 101” – a must for all those who plan on operating motor vehicles in Kathmandu! After checking into the hotel; which had enough character it could have easily been the set of a 1940’s Hollywood black and white film, everyone gathered for a traditional and delicious Nepalese lunch, everyone except for Brandon that is who opted to go with the Kung-Pao Chicken; his default choice to the standard two McDoubles (only ketchup), two apple pies, and value fries. Once lunch was had, the team walked the historical Thamel street shopping district, where they had an opportunity to work on their negotiation techniques and acquire additional supplies. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and recharging. By the time dinner came it felt like most of the group was sleep walking. The exhaustion was overwhelming; even the newly victorious Candyland Texas Hold’em Champion of Nepal, Caleb Whitehead, would soon end up head in arms asleep at the dinner table. Sleep would be most welcomed and certainly well earned by all of us.

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