The Mountains In My Life

by Brenna Holeman

Mount Everest, Nepal

It’s a strange feeling to watch this video, more than two months after I took it while in a small airplane over the Himalayas of Nepal. It’s strange to think of how much I’ve done and how far I’ve travelled, how much I’ve grown and how much I’ve learned. I’m currently sitting in a cosy house in Melbourne, Australia, wearing fuzzy slippers and full of home-made hummus and chai tea; my fingernails are clean, my fringe is straight, my (borrowed) clothes are soft and warm. In short, there is nothing save some scraggly thread bracelets on my left arm and a peeling tan on my back that symbolises that I’ve done any backpacking at all.

It fascinates me, that – that only a few short days ago I was sweaty and hot, tired and run-down, dirty and…dirtier, and now I am clean, well-rested, and right back in the “developed”, “organised” world. It fascinates me because, frankly, I think I prefer how I felt a few days ago. In fact, I know I prefer it.

I’m in Melbourne for another ten days to spend time with my lovely friend Ali, then I’m back to Asia, back to the chaos and the grime and the wide-eyed curiosity I’ve grown to love.

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kay*(from india.with love) June 2, 2011 - 10:18 am

& back to india???? i could use a travel mate for some time off i plan on taking soon……

come on…..

Naomi June 3, 2011 - 4:12 am

I love love love this video. I can’t help but imagine the plane being tiny and rickety and totally vintage 😉
Sidenote, a friend of mine sent me some crazy Japanese Kitkats for my birthday and they reminded me of the photos you’ve put up before!! I am SO excited to try the wasabi flavour!! :9

kls June 3, 2011 - 8:52 am

yay asian chaos and grime! i promise a lot of both. xooxoxoxoxoxoxox oxoxooxoxoxoxoxooxxoxo!!!!!!!!!!

This Battered Suitcase June 4, 2011 - 12:39 pm

K – Oh man, I wish. I miss India every day. I would love to travel with you!! xo

Naomi – Thank you! I miss all of the crazy Kitkat flavours. Another sidenote: I will be in Korea in one week! Hooray!

Kerrilyn – Yes. Yes!!

Ekua June 6, 2011 - 1:11 am

Where are you going when you return to Asia? When I return to the “developed” world after being in the “3rd world”, what often strikes me first is how organized and empty everything feels. That’s typically the hardest thing for me adjust to.. I’m always thinking, “Why is everyone following the rules???” 😛

This Battered Suitcase June 6, 2011 - 9:01 am

Yeah, I think that, too! I’m headed back to KL on Saturday, then I fly to Korea for one week to visit my friend Kerri. Then I’m in Singapore for four days, the Perhentians of Malaysia for just under two weeks, and nearly a month in Indonesia! I can’t wait…


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