Hello everyone, thanks so much for the messages of support and concern over our welfare. We are in Pokhara, Nepal, about 180km away from the epicentre of the earthquake that happened on Saturday. Thankfully there has been practically no damage here, unlike Kathmandu.
The main quake was pretty big, one of the most surreal things we have ever experienced. Everyone ran out of our little guesthouse, which is outside of the city away from any big buildings, and waited for it to pass. The locals were just as baffled as us, nothing like this has happened in their lifetimes.
Obviously at this point we had no idea how serious it was elsewhere, and what you’d all be seeing on the news at home, so we just carried on like normal, reading our books. It completely knocked our internet out at the guesthouse so we had no way to research. It wasn’t until the aftershocks continued and we went down into town for a massage (!) that we realised the severity and how lucky we were.
The aftershocks are ongoing, which is unnerving so sleeping and relaxing are not easy. Yesterday there was one big shake that apparently measured 6 on the richter scale in the centre. So every time we think we’re getting accustomed to it nature reminds us of it’s power.
There will be no trekking now for us this time, who knows what the earthquake has loosened up on the mountains. We are trying to figure out a new plan of action, but there aren’t many appealing options for getting out at the moment. We’re just going to hold tight for a week or two until more information is known.
Anyway, there could be worse places to be ‘trapped’.
Lots of love to everyone back home. Right now we’d love to be able to just pop back.