i thought i needed a girl of each kind, one for the body and one for the mind

It turns out that hiking in high altitude actually does expand your capacity. I know, shocking news, isn't it? In a strange twist of fate that had most everyone I know gaping at me, I left the car at home and walked to work. In the end it only took ten minutes longer than driving, because driving involves three sets of traffic lights (or more precisely two sets of traffic lights, one of them twice) and hunting for a park and walking back, all of which makes it a highly inefficient process. Except when raining. I strongly suspect my new-found athleticism will not extend to rainy days, and not just because I cannot arrive at work looking like a drowned rat.

In other news, I am already planning my next trip OS (I'm told by reliable, if not always reputable, sources it's the only real cure for post-travel funk). So far I'm thinking the Inca Trail, but Mongolia is high on the list as well. What say you?

If money were no object, what would be at the top of your list?

9 thoughts on “i thought i needed a girl of each kind, one for the body and one for the mind

  1. Oh my god, you have *such* good travel taste! Those would have to be the best choices *ever*!! I vote for both!

    How exciting! I can't wait to read about them!

  2. LOL – thank you!

    I'm afraid you'll have quite a wait, however, since I'm still paying off the trip to Bhutan and will have to do some serious saving to get up the airfares again πŸ˜‰ Working part-time to fund the writing lifestyle has some benefits, but a surfeit of income ain't one of them!

  3. Edited to fix it for you. Sorry, it's a WordPress quirk, if you don't leave a space either side of the code it doesn't trigger πŸ˜‰

    And: ooh, yes! Morocco! I'd (momentarily) forgotten about Morocco. That's up there too.

  4. Peru is wonderful, and you should be fine with the altitude after dealing with Bhutan. Me, I said no to the Inca trail, but yes to the train ride up to Macchu Pichu. If you decide to do the Inca trail, try to stay the night at the hotel at the top of the mountain – you'll get several hours of tourist-free time to explore the ruins after the daily bus and train rushes.

    Mongolia would be very interesting.

    Haven't been to Morocco – would love to go!

  5. Ooh, good idea, thanks for the tip. Although after one of my group came down with altitude sickness, have learnt never to take it for granted — she'd been to higher altitudes before, and suddenly, wham. Sick. And so fast! Was scary to watch.

  6. Mars! The Moon! Antarctica! The midwater!

    Although last night I dreamed I went to India, and now it's at the top of my list.

  7. One of the girls at work went to Antarctica earlier this year. If it weren't unavoidably-pricey I'd have gone long before now for sure.

    Your dreams are more exciting than mine. Last night I dreamt I could walk down stairs without a handrail, at speed. How exciting can you get? 😯

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