🎶 Daughtry – Torches
My night in Phakding (2610 meters) was interrupted for a few hours. I found myself awake around 1h am. I finally decided to get out of my bed and go hang out in the tea house kitchen. I was lucky because this was actually a good time to chat with my friends back home in Canada. I stayed up until 03h am. I was a little disappointed but not frustrated by the lack of sleep. I thought on this trip my sleep is likely to be disturb anyways due to the altitude sickness so mind as well go with the flow.
When you have good friends the distance becomes secondary. I feel so close to them while being here. It is quite interesting because they feel the same on their end. They are happy for me and I am so grateful to have them on this adventure with me (maybe that’s why my backpack feels heavy! Having all my friends so close to me on this journey! haha).
So we left around 08h for what we were told would be a challenging day. My motivation for today was slightly different than reaching base camp. I had a personal goal in mind…
When I attended my Buddhist course last week I met a monk at the monastery that comes from the Everest area. He as been a monk for 25 years here at the monastey but his sisters still live in the mountains. Later during the course, during a meditation, I had this sudden idea that maybe I could bring something to his family since I was heading up in that direction after the Buddhist course. I assume mail did not make it that far and he probably had rare opportunities to send them something. I did break the 2 days silence rule to tell him about my idea but I thought I was for a good cause so Buddha would forgive me ; )
So I told him my idea and on the last day of the course he gave me a pair of running shoes for his sister. She lived a few hours away from the route I was doing to base camp so he said to leave her shoes at a store in Namche Bazaar. I told him ‘shoes’ that’s it anything else? He showed me with his hands what would be a steep incline for the way to Namche Bazaar so he said ‘yes yes’. Leave the shoes at the North Face store he said. I said okay but what is your sister’s name. It’s okay he said. (My Canadian mind did not understand how I could drop shoes for someone that I did not know the name of but he seemed to know what he was doing. So I trusted him. We took a little picture before I left the monastery!).