Last week Young Weasel accompanied some of the kids from the orphanage on a trek from Pokhara. Here is part of an email he sent me. ( I have emailed him back to ask for more details!)
The trekkin was hard, but worthwhile for the fantastic views, waking up and going to sleep next to mountains was surreal, the whole trip could have been a dream. I have memories of showering under a 100ft waterfall, riding a rickety Nepali style big wheel made of wood, where you actually feared for your life! And boating on a lake surrounded by mountains! I got a bit of fever/saw throat on the trip, but pushed through it and am ok now. The kids were amazing and powered up and down the step rocky paths like mountain goats, despite the lack of limbs! Our bus was hijacked by Maoists settling a dispute!! long story!
The maoists he writes of are utterly unpredictable. They range from casual acceptance of tourists and foreigners to kidnap, torture and "re-education". According to the BBC,
In the summer of 2004, the rebels abducted hundreds of school children for a week-long "re-education" course on Maoist ideology right under the noses of the security forces on the outskirts of Kathmandu
Welcome to planet real! (more about Maoists in Nepal HERE)
More when I have it!
On a more sombre note, we had lots of discussions about the trip before Richard went. We both know that life is for living. At 23, Richard has experienced more in the last few weeks than some people do in a lifetime. What else is life for but to explore and to live it to the full? He is going to be in Nepal for a few more weeks and I shall post more soon, when he sends it.