Annapurna Trek - Pokaraha
November 24-28, 1998
"These were the easiest 5 days of trekking we experienced..."
These were the easiest 5 days of trekking we experienced. After sleeping until about
9:30, we would walk about 20-100 meters on a completely level street. We ate on the
terraces of restaurants overlooking the lake. We enjoyed our first Lassi (fresh fruit and
yogurt shake), and casually strolled through the streets of Pokahara, looking through the
many shops at musical instruments, clothes, jewelry and fresh fruit stands. We would
arrive back at the Hotel Horizon around noon where we would sit on the balcony, bask in
the sun, and get lost in our books. When the sun would become too hot sometimes we would
move into our room for more reading and light snoozing. At sunset we moved ourselves up
about 12 meters to the rooftop to play guitar, read, drink tea, enjoy the pleasantries and
in the evening we would go to Romero's for italian food and happy hour, sometimes we
would watch a movie. We saw Austin Powers, The Big Lebowski, and 12 Monkeys. Movie
watching however, was dependent on something that, in the country of Nepal, is more
irregular then Josh's bowel movements - electricity! We missed seeing The Truman Show, and
Jackie Brown. The black outs that occur in Katmandu every Sunday for two hours did not
quite prepare us for the daily 2-6 hour random blackouts that occurred in Pokaraha. On
nights that the power was out, we would play cards by candlelight on the balcony of our
hotel until about midnight, then we would read until we drifted off to sleep.
Annapurna Trek Thanksgiving
an enormous "western style" Thanksgiving feast."
One of our favorite breakfast spots in Pokahara, was "Mike's Restaurant."
Mike, a Minnesota Native who went to school at Carlton College in Northfield Minnesota,
owns a "Mike's Restaurant" in Pokahara, Naxal, and Katmandu. On the day before
Thanksgiving we noticed that Mike was hosting an enormous "western style"
Thanksgiving feast. Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc.,
etc., served buffet style. Mike Waldman tried and tried to convince Josh, Aaron, and Jeff
that it was imperative that we splurge and celebrate Thanksgiving. Jeff found it quite
hard to believe that in a country where turkey meat is not found on any menu, that we
wouldn't just be eating turkey flavored yak. Mike's desperate pleas could not convince the
boys to spend the 750 rupees (12 dollars US) on one meal of questionable meat, when we
could just as easily eat two delicious pizzas at Romero's at 50 rupees a piece.
We settled for a pizza lunch and terrible indian food for dinner. This was topped off
by a long sought after box of Fruit Loops with powdered milk for dessert, a combination
that for some was merely depressing and for others was literally enough to make them sick.
(Again) Poor Josh!