Is It Safe To Hike The Annapurna Circuit With Kids- Am I Endangering My Children’s Lives- Nomadic Family World Travel Blog, Budget Travel With Kids
So, I’m really scared and always have been. I’m always scared about something, and if I am not scared of something, then I’m incessantly consumed with worry and dissatisfaction about something else. And this, this is really scaring me.
Now, we’ve been scared before. Ok, I’ve been scared before. And I was too scared to leave our lives in Israel. We didn’t go to our beloved Guatemala because this guy at my mom’s work says he goes every year and has a security guard at all times. When we looked up the State Department report it shook me to the bones that they kidnap kids for their organs. So, we skipped Guatemala which we loved so many years ago, because some idiot scared me to death. [For the record- I am the idiot. I scare myself or simply believe others and get scared.]
And every time we have crossed borders in the last 2 years, but most dramatically in Central and South America, we were told how scarey that next place is. And, like clock-work, every time I freak out and ask Kobi late into the night, “Are you sure we want to go there?” and he laughs and hugs me, hugs me like he used to when we were still friends, before that first kiss 19 years ago, and he was the security guard at Hebrew University of Jerusalem at the building for overseas students, and I was that chubby overseas student. That’s how he hugs me, and I know it’ll be OK.
So, why should this one be different. Because those telling me to be cautious are world travelers themselves and I tend to believe them more than the overly-conservative, germs-terrified population that don’t get out much. But, again, is this what I am meant to believe? Am I meant to act out of fear?
Sure, we’ve had some great injuries, accidents, diseases, and mishaps that have scared me shitless on the road. Sure, we’ve made our fair share of mistakes, some of which have endangered our children’s lives. Sure, Children’s Protective Services would have long since taken our kids away from us, but does that make us bad parents? Really?
So, the cat is out of the bag, we plan to hike the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal this fall and there will be a film crew with us taking footage for the cable-television documentary film starring us. I know, I know. So cool until I got the notion that we are endangering our kids and oh, what a lovely movie that will make. I can see the title now, “Parents Endanger Child’s Life For Fame, Child Dies.” Then, and just then for those fifteen miserable moments, we’ll be famous.
So, here is my first freak out about the Annapurna. Rest assured, there will be more. And surely, after each freak out Kobi will calm me down and hug me the way the security guard from Hebrew University did when 18 1/2 year old me cried to him that Larissa didn’t want to share a room with me next semester when we moved to Kibbutz Sa’ad in the Negev desert.
Ever been really scared of something you’ve decided to do? Ever seriously doubted if you were making the right choice for the right reason? Ever made a commitment to something that later, late at night, you thought may be harmful for your children? Ever had a movie crew follow you around for a documentary film? I know! Let me know your thoughts on this one. I’m here, chewing on my raisins, well, in all honesty swallowing them whole, and waiting.
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