Today it’s our fourth day in Nepal and after 3 days in the chaos of Katmandu, we went early this morning to Katmandu domestic airport to catch the first flight to Phaplu. In a small turbo prop airplane we had a stunning ride of 40 minutes in an almost clearblue sky among some white cotton clouds. On the ground just green, green, green – overwhelming with the spirit and soul of the mountains.
Arriving on a simple rough gravel airstrip we arrived at Phaplu “airport’’ at 2500 m. The rest of the day we spent resting in Everest Guest House, having a fantastic lunch with fried rice, spring rolls and a lovely apple pancake. The Sherpas drink Sherpa tea: tea. milk, butter and a lot of salt….I drank mint tea…Tommy had black.:)!
In the aftersoon we visited the local radio station, situated in an old house and were lucky to see the broadcasting of Good Friday at 90.2 MHZ, learn Nepalese and listen! Tommy says he will learn Nepalese during his stay in the Thame Gompa (monastery).
We took a short walk up the hill to the local hospital and visited the nurse and doctors. In one of the waiting room an old woman that had breathing problem was resting and to get to the hospital 14 people had been running & carrying her for 8 hours from a village nearby. For us who can ride the bike 10 minutes to a doctors appointment - almost for free, it’s one mirroring, among many, many other during this trip that turns my life perspective upside down. I like.
Later I took a nap, little tired of the altitude, slept short, deep and happy:). Tommy talked to the sherpa guys.
We finished the day with a simple nice homemade dinner. Perfect ending of our first day in Phaplu.