What was it like to live through the Nepal earthquake? A first-hand. Tony is a writer from England.
He was glad to oblige. And here it is, in all its moving, almost unedited splendour: Tony — what made you want to Swingers Personals in Menno Nepal? Had you visited before? Everest was the draw; I love walking, nature, the breathtaking scenery of mountainous landscapes, places on earth of power, napa sexs girls org and majesty that make humans inificant little clusters of space dust blowing around on their surface.
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I chose April for my trek as the lower valleys would be Mother Nature decorated with rhododendrons the national flower of Nepal this appealed to me, as simple as. Were you travelling with anyone, or on your own? It turned out that — apart from 2 Thai women, Gae and Suntana — all the group were solo travellers.
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Would you mind talking about that a bit more? How did you feel when you realised what was happening? The day had an eerie feel from the off: we went on an acclimatisation walk, about ft above Namche. We descended back into the mist and were on the outskirts of Namche, and began to walk down a passageway between two high stone buildings when….
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After the dust settled, so to speak, what was the mood on the ground like? The fear factor never left us — there were 3 aftershocks in the first 15 hours after the major quake, and on several occasions rumours of an even bigger earthquake than the first was about Lonely lady looking casual sex Ocean City happen — but the spirit and bonding in our group was tremendous, Lalit never stopped making phone calls on our behalf, and our Sherpa guides never stopped looking out for us.
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What were the days following the quake like? A rollercoaster of incidents and emotions. The day after the earthquake, sat up at the Everest viewpoint, watching vultures circling where yaks had been swept off the path by a landslide, the helicopters going up and down the huge valleys to and from Everest all afternoon, bringing back the bodies and injured, then a big aftershock, 6.
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No white knuckle theme park ride will ever match that! Being evacuated from Namche Gae, Suntana and me coming across a little ceremony going on massge sex sugar land Lukla, with monks and local people.
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But out of it all, what were some of the most important lessons you learned through the experience? I found it difficult Louisville women webcams com to life back home for a while, guilt at not being out there helping out in some way.
I had a kind of shell-shock for several weeks. The second big quake on May 12th galvanised me into action, Lukla was badly damaged this time and the home of the family of one of our Sherpas, so I started a fund raising campaign, the least I could.
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All of our group raised money for the earthquake appeal and spread awareness of the disaster, in the best way they. What lessons have I learned?
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The country needs tourism so the economy can thrive and the people can rebuild their lives. If you want to experience breathtaking beauty, in terms of landscape, go to Nepal, if you want enlightenment and an example of human nature at its best, go to Nepal.