Saturday, October 29, 2011

Nagarkot and MORE...

Hi!  It's been a little while since I've blogged, so you can see we've been a little busy (and tired!).  What have we been up to?  Well, you'll have to wait for the next blog post for that because I don't have time now either, but I simply MUST show you this video of Nagarkot, Nepal, where we (my mom, niece, and our friend) went this past week (Ramon couldn't get away).  What did we see?  This:

(I'm not going to quit my day job to start a video business--don't worry!)

More pics and stories coming soon; HOWEVER, I must include this.  Look at this map.  Where we were in Nagarkot is the middle section of the map.

Notice the "flattish" place in the middle and then the high peak of Gauri Shankar.  Keep looking to the right and down the slope past Melungtse.  Count three mountains to Lindartsubugo.  Look at the next mountain:  MT. EVEREST!!!!!

Now, look at this picture I took early on Thursday morning, October 27, 2011:

Let's crop and enlarge:

Double click and enlarge if you want.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but according to the map, 
We didn't know it until later (when we saw the sign), but we kept hearing some of the Japanese tourists talking excitedly about, "Everest, Everest, Everest!"  I just thought that they were wishing they could see it!  Then I saw the map and I realized we must have seen it but we didn't know it at the time!
We had read that on clear days you could see the tip, but we didn't know it was clear enough that day!
By the time we realized it, the sun was coming up and that part of the sky was hazy.

Anyway, right before the sun came up, a German tourist took our picture and if you look closely...

Well, it surely was a day to remember!  Look for more pics soon!  Have a nice day!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Home again, home again...

Hi from Nepal!  Yes, we are back home in Nepal again! As we flew in, we saw something peeking out above the clouds:
Previously when we've flown in and out of Nepal, it has been too cloudy to have this amazing view so this was a nice treat!

We're so happy to be back home again, and "Vacation 2011" is now a happy memory.  Here are a few highlights:

Shopping in Ohio--

(Anyone surprised that my mom wanted to visit this store?!?!?!)
 (No, he didn't buy this Ohio State hat!)

Shopping in Paraguay--

Driving through Cumberland Gap, Maryland on our way to Ohio--

(No, while driving I never accidentally drove on the left side like they do here in Nepal.  However, while a passenger, I often had a moment of quiet panic when the car turned into the right lane!)

At this rest stop, 

Ramon followed me right into the Ladies' Room!  He said he'd been following me from continent to continent and it was just a habit!  :)

Playing with my sister's dogs--

and friends' dogs in Paraguay--

and my mother-in-law's cat--

Ramon preaching--


Finding this picture that I love of my dad (fourth--from the left) and his high school friends--
(The one on the far left is my uncle who married my aunt!)

and this one of my grandmother when she was in high school--

Ramon loved finding this one of me when I was in elementary school--

Flying (a LOT--11 flights in all!)

Waking up mid-flight (yes, I actually slept now and then on some flights)
  to notice we were flying over Haiti--


Love these vintage photos that are in the airport!


And finally--back home to Nepal! 
We've got some visitors with us who met up with us in Delhi--my mom, niece, and a friend--

We're so thankful for all of the most wonderful visits with our most wonderful family and friends!  Now we're refreshed and ready to get back to work!  Ramon has started right in and has been very busy, but I'm able to relax and acclimate since it's a holiday time.  I'm happy to report that we do not have much jet lag (unlike last year for me!) so that's a relief.  Well, until next time--have a most wonderful day!