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Nepal was added to my “places to visit” list when I was in Scotland at an Airbnb. The owners of the house were old and had traveled all over the world. I always ask people what’s the most amazing place they’ve ever been to. Their answer? “Nepal.” They added, “We traveled so much, but we were always returning to Nepal.”
We decided that we wanted to go to Nepal to trek in the mountains too. We chose Annapurna sunrise with an agency we found in the National Geographic tour guide. It wasn’t the hardest trek, and it was perfect for our first trip there.
We took the trip one year ago and looking back at the photos, I remember the exact feelings I had when I stepped off the plane. First of all, I was so thankful that we landed safely. I read that because of the mountains planes sometimes crush (rarely though) and I wasn’t feeling very comfortable about this :)). Also, I caught a cold a few days earlier and I thought my ears and head would explode because of the pressure. Always blow your nose a lot before flying if you’re sick, trust me :))
When we exited the airport, my heart broke a little. I knew about the earthquake in 2015, but I had never imagined what this looks like in reality. Most of the buildings were destroyed, there was so much dust and polution in the air, you could barely breathe. We arrived at our hotel and hurried to get outside so we could head out to visit Kathmandu, the capital.
I’d travel in Asia before but this part of it was particularly special. It was so crowded on the streets. Cars, people, motorcycles, horns, cows, you had to be so careful all the time. People were nice. Some of them were very poor, but really kind. I felt safe throughout our time there.
We spent 2 days visiting Katmandu before heading to Annapurna where we were supposed to start climbing the mountains. The distance between Katmandu and Annapurna is 200 km and it took us 9 hours to get there by bus.
From Annapurna we started climbing up. For 3 days, we climbed and climbed and there were times when I said, “I cannot do it anymore,” and that’s when Mircea was taking my backpack too, poor guy. I have to mention that we didn’t train a lot for the trip, we just ran a few times before. Anyway, I’m not the fittest person, but the trek is still possible even if you don’t go to gym often.
The climb was so beautiful! Oh my God, it’s such a peaceful place! We slept in very very modest lodges where you had to pay for the shower. We ate in modest places also, and we loved it. We only ate local food, and drank too much ginger tea. We met a lot of locals, people who actually live at 3000m altitude there and who bring up their food using donkeys. Poor donkeys have to carry everything up there, even construction materials for new lodges or houses. We saw a lot of monkeys, but we didn’t see tigers, thank God :)) We had a really awesome guide who shared with us the background and history of Nepal. He also shared that he had seen a few tigers in his life on other treks.
The best moment was the last climb to see the sunrise and one of the highest mountains in the world. We woke up at 4 a.m. and I felt so bad, I could barely get up there. I felt dizzy and sick for a few hours. When we arrived up there everything changed. That was the reason of our trip, and we got there, and I was so happy looking out at the beautiful mountains in front of us.
I have tried to travel as much as possible over the past few years but no destination has given me the peace and happiness Nepal did. I left a part of me there and we decided to go back as soon as we can. Hopefully for Everest base camp trek, which is harder and longer and it requires more intensive training.
Nepal, I love you so much!
Hope you enjoy the photos, you can always contact me if you have questions about the trip.
Odrida & Mircea
Venue: Chateau de Bouelles
Flowers: D&L Flowers
Photographer: Ciprian & Razvan Lupan
Dress: Rosa Clara
Stationery/wedding invitations: Lucas Cornea
Decoration/table setting: Options
Hair accessory: Josephine
[RO] Stau in acelasi colt de pat in care acum un an incercam sa imi gasesc niste cuvinte frumoase pentru juramintele pe care urma sa le rostesc in cateva ore. E liniste, suntem singuri in tot castelul. Acum un an eram inconjurati de cele mai dragi persoane din viata noastra si era veselie si galagie mare peste tot. :)) Afara baietii aranjau locul unde urma sa aiba loc cununia religioasa, mamele terminau torturile, cateva fete aranjau sala unde urma sa fie masa (castelul nu avea restaurant asa ca a trebuit sa scoatem tot ce era in living si sa inchiriem tot ce tine de o receptie). Cat de relaxant si frumos a fost weekendul ala datorita lor! Probabil au fost cele mai frumoase si emotionante zile din viata noastra 🙂
Faptul ca urma sa ma casatoresc cu Mircea imi dadea o liniste interioara. Eram atat de sigura ca e cea mai buna alegere pe care am facut-o vreodata. E cel mai calm, altruist, modest, iubitor si scump om pe care il cunosc. Chiar daca am spus “da” dupa doar cateva luni, aveam incredere in noi. De cand l-am cunoscut isi dedica tot timpul ca sa ma vada fericita. Ma bucur ca a trecut un an si nu s-a schimbat. Doar gandul ca poate o sa am copii asa de scumpi ca el ma face instant bucuroasa 🙂
Am ales sa ne casatorim in Normandia pentru ca e locul unde obisnuim sa mergem de fiecare data cand avem o duminica libera. Ne-am dorit o nunta cu familia si cei mai apropiati prieteni si pentru ca ne vedem asa de rar cu totii am petrecut 4 zile impreuna in aceeasi locatie. Ce amintiri frumoase ne-au ramas!
Va las sa vedeti fotografiile 🙂
[EN] It is so emotional to be sitting in the very same corner of the bed where a year ago I wrote my wedding vows. Now, we are alone in the castle, and unlike the last year, it is so quiet. It was at this place a year before that we were surrounded by all the most precious people in our lives, and the castle was bursting with the joy, music, and laughter. I remember looking through the window and seeing the boys arranging the place for the ceremony, our mothers making the wedding cake, and the girls decorating the reception hall. As there is no restaurant in the castle, it was our pleasurable duty to take everything out from the living room and prepare it for our dream wedding. We would have never succeeded without all these people to help us and share our happiness. How relaxing and beautiful was that weekend because of them! We will hardly have many so special and emotional days for the rest of our lifetime.
In the moments before I married Mircea, I felt a perfect inner peace, sure that it was the best decision of my life. He is the most altruist, modest, loving and sweet man I ever met. Even if I said “yes” after only a few months, I knew that we’re meant to be together, and I had trust in us. Since our first encounter, his only concern has been my happiness, and it is still like that. Even a thought of having kids who look like him makes me instantly happy.
Normandy is the place we used to visit almost every Sunday and slowly got to know each other. Being so special for us, we chose it to spend four days there with our family and friends. What beautiful memories we cherish from those days!
Enjoy the pictures!