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Morocco

Mint-Tea, Mountains, Camels, and Deserts

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In April we travelled to Morocco via London. The Muslim culture and history was ever-present; some of it highly impressive, other bits strange and challenging to our western 'sensibilities'. Similar to Nepal, but little further developed (Morocco has roads!), there is still a large population living subsistence lifestyles, and these areas had a certain idyllic atmosphere about them reminiscent of a simpler times when families worked together in the fields. We spent some time wandering through the Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains, camel-trekking across Saharan dunes, and hiking through fields of marijuana in the Rif mountains (yes, fields and fields of the stuff!).

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Thailand

Island Life

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In March, we soaked up the sun on Thailand's island beaches, and never have two people appreciated the steamy heat of Thailand quite as much as we did after enduring a Himalayan winter. I took a souvenir from Nepal in the form of tummy bug, and spent the first week in the toilet of the beach bungalow in Koh Samui, and subsisting on Pretzels, whilst Anouk swanned around getting massages and eating icecreams and Pad Thais down at the beach. We moved onto the less developed island of Koh Pha Ngan, and spent our time improving out tans (yeah, alright, getting charred like all the other Europeans!) and eating out down on the beach for every meal.

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Nepal

Hiking the Himalaya

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In January and February we hiked in the Nepalese Himalayas, marvelling at the locals walking the same route as us in thongs carrying three times our load, with weather that started out as wonderful warm sunshine at the lower altitudes (remember this is winter in the Himalayas), to freezing hands and feet as we hiked through blizzards at the high pass (we turned back at approx 4800m due to deep snow and bad weather).

As it turned out, we were attempting the high pass (at 5400m) at the same time as the weather system dumped the first snow in Kathmandu in 62 years! It took a few weeks for feeling to return to our fingers, and left us with an great deal of respect for the high altitude of the Himalayas and those people who climb the 8000m+ peaks.

Nepal itself is a fascinating place that has such a vibrant and visible past that it tumbles into the present – it is a place of living history.

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