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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 110 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

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NEPAL, Everest, Namche Bazaar, hiking

Saturday March 31, 2007

I got up at 5:45 am and packed my bag for Santo, my porter. We left at 7:30 am and arrived at Namche Bazaar at 11 am. Much easier walking down. Today I spent the day shopping, relaxing and eating the best meals that I have had since my trek started. Tomorrow Lukla and then Kathmandu the day after. I went to the big local market but most things had closed by the time I got back after getting my camera. The little boy in the picture was outside my room growling and when I opened the door I noticed he had claws on like a tiger. Namche Bazaar is the last place to purchase equipment, clothes and supplies for the trek. It is always busy and very beautiful.

NEPAL, Teng Boche Monastery {Ceremony Room}

March 30, 2007

Visitors are allowed to watch the Buddhist Tea Ceremony but are not allowed to talk or take pictures during the ceremony. Several visitors did take pictures and talk and the monks were definitely unhappy about it. I can not believe that people are so disrespectful.

NEPAL, Teng Boche Monastery

March 30, 2007

Left Pheriche at 7:30 am and arrived at Teng Boche at 11:00 am. I went straight to the sign that said bakery and had chocolate rolls. You have a beautiful view of Ama Dablam {mother and daughter} and the Monastery is magnificent.

NEPAL, Everest Base Camp

Thursday March 29, 2007

Left at 6:30 am for Everest Base Camp from Gorashep. We arrived at EBC at about 9am. Only a few camps are up and running but that will change next week my guide said. I took pictures of the crashed helicpoter which is kind of the official site and also took pictures of Khumbu Ice Falls which people say may be the most dangerous part of climbing Everest. It is unbelievable that you cannot even see Everest from base camp because of mountains in the way. A lot of Yaks and porters carrying supplies to Everest on the trail. Ram said that most climbers start showing up on April 1st.

NEPAL, Kalapathar (5545 Meters)

March 28, 2007

At 18,192 feet/5545 meters Kalapathar had one of most amazing views that I have ever seen. From the summit, you can view 4 of the top 10 tallest mountains in the world, Changste {24,770 ft.}, Nuptse {25,850 ft.}, Lhotse {27,890 ft.} and Everest {29,035}. I left LaBouch at 6:30 am and arrived at Gorashep at 9:00, put clothes in the room and left 3o minutes later to climb Kalapathar. We summited at 11:40. It was an almost vertical climb and I was exhausted but the view made up for it.

NEPAL, LaBouche to Gorashep

March 29, 2007

We left Labouche {4910 meters }at 6:30 am and we arrived at Gorahep at about 9:00. It was not too difficult today. It was very cold last night. Our accomodations at the "tea houses" consists of 1/4 inch plyboard walls and tin roofs with no heat. My water bottle froze last night on the nightstand. A warm sleeping bag is essential.