Saturday, July 9, 2011

From Kuwait to Kathmandu and back

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. ~Lin Yutang

We are back from our amazing trip to Nepal.

I'm not sure photos can accurately portray all that we saw.

Or that I could even begin to describe all that we experienced in the past 10 days.

We walked through old cities in Kathmandu.

And visited many Buddhist and Hindu Temples.

We went on jungle safari in Chitwan.

And the only way to get to our lodge in Pokhara was by canoe.

We required umbrellas and raincoats as it is their monsoon season.

And we saw more rain and water than I have ever seen in one place ever before.

As much as the waters are against the people of Nepal at times, it is still a vital every day necessity.

We arrived back home yesterday to typical weather for Kuwait -- dust and a temp of 50 degrees celsius.

Lots of dusting and cleaning to do and a mountain of clothes to wash.

I look forward to catching up with everyone over the next several days. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy


Draffin Bears said...

Welcome home Tammy and what an amazing holiday you must have had.
I enjoyed seeing your wonderful photographs of Nepal. The elephant is lovely and thanks for showing us your photos.


Brandy Marie said...

Beautiful photos. I love the ones of the city. Glad to hear you had a great trip. Thank you for sharing part of it with us. _B

Sussie said...

What an adventure! Lovely photos. And so much to see... :)
I guess you enjoyed the rain when it´s so hot in Kuwait...
OMG 50 plus! :o
Thanks for sharing it with us and welcome back!

Kathleen said...

Wow, what an amazing trip! How's this for a coincidence in blogland. I was literally just typing this comment and looked over and noticed a new email and believe it or not it's a comment notification from you! Anyway I'm glad you had a great holiday and am enjoying catching up with your blog. 50 celsius, I just can't imagine that!!

Theresa said...

AMAZING! I had a good friend that went to Nepal for the Peace Corps. He said it was the most incredible experience, even though he got disyntery while he was there. Beautiful people and beautiful country. Weather wise, you went from one extreme to the other didn't you? Monsoon to dust... does it get more extreme than that? :) I'm glad your back safe and sound, good luck with the laundry! t. xoxoxo

Susan said...

YEAHHHHHH. WELCOME BACK, TAMMY. Your photos are utterly amazing. Loved them. Sooooo happy you all had quality family time in an exciting new place.

Well,at least you don't have to hang your clothes outside of a hut, right! Enjoy your day and blessings to each of you. You were very missed but I'm so happy you all had a fabulous time. Susan

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

So glad you are back, Tammy!! What a wonderful trip you must have enjoyed!! I understand completely what you mean about photos not being able to catch the awesomeness that you see. I once stopped taking photos entirely after a vacation when I realized how much they failed to acurately give the viewer any sense of the amazing things I had seen (could have been the photographer, too. LOL. but there is just no way to catch the feel sometimes). Your phots are stunning and make me want to go there myself!!

I do love the quote at the start of this post.. it is so true. blessings ~ tanna

Sue Frelick said...

What a facinating part of the world you live in! I'm new to your blog so I have to explore more to find out how you came to live there :-)

Anonymous said...

WOW, I just shared your photos with my husband (who'd give his eye-teeth to visit Nepal) and am astounded at the RAIN you experienced. Was it Monsoon season? Love the buildings, prayer flags, and culture there, don't you?

Glad you are back safe and sound (although damp). I'm looking forward to seeing more photos. Sorry about your plants, but the trip was worth the sacrifice!

Hugs my friend!

Rizzi said...


LOVE YOUR QUOTE..............

Bettyann said...

wow..what an incredible journey for the soul and the senses..wlecome back..cheers bettyann

Heather - The Good Life said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! Looking forward to hearing more about it. Welcome home. :-)

Marilyn said...

Just plain and simple...I'm jealous!! ;)
What a charmed life you have being able to travel so much...such a wonderful education for your sons and the both of you...more pictures please, once you have settled in and had a chance to think!!! Nice to have you back again...missed you! :)

Diane said...

Your pictures look so beautifully mystical Tammy. What a pleasant change for you to have the dampness and water and all the different things to look at. I'm glad you and your family are home safely. Back to the best placed - home. Diane

Sherry said...

I have not traveled much outside the United States and I love to see pictures from other's travels. We are in Wisconsin with our daughter and family, hot and extremely humid today. We will return home tomorrow, it is always nice to be home after a trip. Thanks for sharing a little of your wonderful trip.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Welcome back!! What an exciting and amazing trip! You've got to tell us about the salamanders :)

Barbara Jean said...

Just came by to say HI.
Fun to tour with you.

barbara jean

Maria said...

What a beautiful trip with wonderful memories

GWENNY said...

I am so glad you are back! I missed you, I am missing you here in MI. too! Your vacation looks so wet! ha! Seriously , though, another, new adventure. I am a little green. Did you take any pictures of doors to add to your collection? I have been having computer problems... so slow and it takes forever for pictures and such to load. But I am blessed that all your's did. Will email you this week.
Take care! love!

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Looks like a wonderful trip and your pictures were impressive. The quote is so true. I think we all feel that way when coming back home.
Thanks for sharing your trip.

Pam said...

Your photos are lovely as usual. Looks like a wonderful place to visit. So green and lush.

I thought of you last week. We had a real Haboob here in the Phoenix area. I am still cleaning dust from everything. It lasted for one entire evening. I can't imagine living as you do when they last for days. The sky didn't clear up for four days but we didn't have the blowing dust after that first night. Videos of the hoboob were on national tv. Never seen anything like it.

Glad you are back home. When does your summer vacation end?

Angela said...

The English Romantic.
Hi Tammy,
What a great holiday, such a difference from home in Kuwait.
I like you love holidays but it's oh so nice to be home.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an amazing trip away...welcome home Tammy :)


Serena said...

Welcome home, Tammy!

What an amazing experience....thanks for sharing some of it through your pics. Two different climate extremes for sure. How did you like the food there?

Serena xo

A Cottage Muse said...

Wow Tammy! What a trip!

val said...

wonderful photos....what a contrast to where you green and WET! Thank you for sharing your trip with us all.

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

Oh my; what a striking contrast, from one extreme into the other! One of our staff members at Pond's India was from the Katmandu area and he always told us we should go there for a visit... You managed and I'm glad as it was your escape to GREEN and WET! How striking it must be to get home to the dust again. But you have fond memories from a beautiful region wich such rich culture! Pieter was in Kashmir, and it was beautiful up here too; also during the wet monsoon.

Lots of love,


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