A short blog today about Nepal today. A lot has been said about it by fellow bloggers who feel deeply in pain about the recent earthquakes in Nepal. The moment the earth shook and that took the lives of many innocent people. The moment that destroyed a beautiful country…
Many people have asked us if we still want to travel to Nepal after what happened. They ask whether we want to experience a country that is mourning and that has been destroyed.
For not even one single second, we have considered not going. Because those people need us. They need tourists who still want to come to their beautiful country. With our money, they can rebuild what was lost during those horrible moments. With our visit we can help them spread the word that Nepal is still worth visiting, even though it may not be the same as it used to be anymore.
At the moment, we have no clue if we can still reach Everest Base Camp as we planned to. After seeing a horrible video where climbers were blown away by a an avalanche, I decided not to look for more information. Our trip is still very far away and who knows what may happen in the months to come. We haven’t even been in touch with the company we booked our trek with because I’m sure they have better things to do at the moment than informing clients that are only traveling months in the future. We don’t want to bother them with our concerns, once the time is there, we will hear if we can do it. If not, we will find something else. Some other trail to walk another way to see Mount Everest.
This shows how much I’ve changed over the past years. Traveling more has made me more laid back. You can’t plan everything and may as well see on the spot what is going on. In the past, I wanted to plan everything by the day. No, by the hour, almost. Now I realize that it’s not the way I want to travel anymore.
People ask me if we’re afraid to travel there because it may happen again. But they have no idea. We’ve been to many places where things like these happen. While we were in New Zealand, there was a major earthquake near Christchurch (not the big one though) and we were only 200 kms away. When we went to Peru, only a couple of days earlier there had been a major shake that took the lives of many. We’ve climbed active volcanoes that erupted not much later and we’ve been to places that are now destroyed by various forces of nature.
There is no way to stay away from danger. If you want that, you might as well stay home and never travel anymore. Sit in front of your tv only to die in your sleep because of a heart failure, regretting the things you didn’t do because it could be potentially dangerous.
So there is our answer again: yes, we are still going to Nepal. We want to see the Everest and reach its Base Camp, if that is still possible at all. We want to help the Nepalese to rebuild their beautiful country. Staying away is not going to make it happen.
Thank you for sharing!