A Morning With Mount Everest

by Brenna Holeman
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 The Himalayas, Nepal

These are only half of the photos I tried to upload tonight, not to mention the failed video. The video I posted about Amritsar a few days ago also isn’t working, nor is skype; the shaky internet of the subcontinent strikes again. There is currently no power and no running water in my hotel room, I have to be awake in six hours to catch a bus, I haven’t packed yet, blah blah blah. Basically, travelling is exhausting and travelling is hard, oh woe is me.

But you know what? For all of that muck, for all of those daily frustrations and inconveniences, there are moments like the one I had this morning that make all of those petty grievances seem inconsequential. Quite simply, the sight out the window of my rickety propeller plane, that first glimpse of the vast expanse of the Himalayas, was one of the greatest things I have ever seen. There isn’t even a distinct photo of Everest in the batch I was able to upload, but to be honest I didn’t even care about Everest at the time; the entire stretch of mountains, peeking above the clouds at altitudes I still can’t comprehend, was awe-inspiring and insanely beautiful in itself.

Honestly, no photos or videos or words do any of it justice. All I can say (again, and again, and again) is that I feel like the luckiest person in the world. As I watched the mountains unfold beneath me this morning, I cried, cried because I have never seen such nature before, cried for my grandma, cried because I once again had my breath taken away from me, once again felt that I have been bestowed these experiences for which I am so ever grateful.

I believe the flight tours are correct to use the slogan “a once in a lifetime experience”. I couldn’t agree more.

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Amie March 27, 2011 - 5:17 pm

im so sorry to hear about your grandma, it sounds like you two had a special relationship.

your pictures are incredible and so inspiring. i get so excited every time i see your blog updated on my reader!

Kelly March 27, 2011 - 5:22 pm

I couldn’t agree more about travelling being worth the exhaustion and difficulties… I love this post. And the pictures are beautifulll. You really are lucky 🙂


Christine March 28, 2011 - 12:43 am

luckiest person indeed!

This Battered Suitcase March 30, 2011 - 1:19 pm

Amie – Thank you so much! I really appreciate both of your comments.

Kelly – Thank you! As tired as I get, it is all worth it in the end.

Christine – Yep. 😉

Katie @ Domestiphobia.net January 22, 2012 - 5:38 pm

It doesn’t look real… like something from a movie.

Oh, and you and your friend Kerri need to pitch some talent scouts about getting a travel show. You’d be so much less annoying than that Samantha Brown chick, and Bourdain has lost his edge and seems kind of obsessed with Paula Deen. Think about it. 😉

This Battered Suitcase January 22, 2012 - 11:38 pm

Katie, that is basically my dream! Kerri and I have certainly talked about it before, but always as a joke. Maybe we’ll have to think about it seriously…

Katie @ Domestiphobia.net January 23, 2012 - 11:54 am

You SHOULD. And if they let you guys hire someone just to carry around your bags and stuff, let me know. 🙂

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