An exciting month of April

March 15th, 2008

I leave for Nepal in less than three weeks, and I’m starting to think how I’m going to miss all these important events while I’m gone. From political events like George W visiting Zagreb (why, oh why?) on April 5th, to the Pennsylvania primaries on the 22nd, I’ll be in the media darkness (spending Earth day flying from Lukla to Kathmandu). Then I’ll also miss early spring in Philly which is becoming my favorite time of the year, along with some good races every single weekend.
But, on the other hand, I’ll be a witness to a historical election in Nepal, when they will try to completely abolish the monarchy on April 10th (I’ll be away in the mountains by then, which is good as any riots are likely to happen in cities). I’ll also be near Mt. Everest, which now both Chinese and Nepali governments have now shut down for climbing in early May. That means there may be more summit attempts while I’m actually there, a tiny speck close to the Base Camp. There have also been protest by Tibetans in Kathmandu that turned violent. Fortunately I’ll do Kathmandu sightseeing in my running shoes, and will keep my eyes out for any violent Tibetan monks looking for trouble.

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