The Competition of Life- Win a Week in Dakhla- Family Travel Blog Perks
We’re back from hiking the Annapurna Circuit and I feel deeply that with some reflection I will better be able to share with you what it all meant to us. I think with some time I will be more apt in carving my words just right. I believe that what I have to say is dramatically different from what Kobi and I had read online before taking on this huge project with our kids. No, the Annapurna is not an easy trail. No, we would not have taken our kids if we had known the physical and mental challenges we would face. Yes, it was amazing, and will be more so with some distance. At one point when we were already over the pass and in Totopani when Kobi went on a wild goose chase to reclaim his hijacked/stolen/lost/forgotten laptop, in tears, I told the film crew how I’d love just one uneventful day, just one day with no near-death experiences and hair-raising drama. Just one day.
And for that reason, I see that our lives are like a competition. Not a competition as in a few people compete for limited resources, but a competition as in you enter and you don’t know if you’ll win or not. And if you don’t win, you didn’t lose either, you just experienced and grew from what came up, which clearly could not have anticipated. A contest. That was the Annapurna Circuit for us. We read what we read, we dove in, we experienced.
Promises Never Made
No one promised us anything. No one guaranteed anything. Sorta like life, no? No money-back guarantee, no refund, nothing but decide, venture forth, and wait to see what outcome unfolds. And so, as I silently contemplate those snow-capped mountains and us hiking crazy uphills for seven-nine hours a day between Capo card games, I bring you this: a competition.
Gotta love those moments and the thrill of maybe, just maybe winning another competition. We won a free bungee jump from one of the Swissa Tour Agencies in town. (They call him “Yellow Swissa” for there’s the red one too.) That was a fun competition. It was Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and the Chabad House Thamel Kathmandu ran a competition. We won!
A Week Long Adventure
Explora is running a competition for seven nights full board accommodation, a kite course or rental throughout the week, and transfers to and from Dakhla airport for two! I checked out their cool kite surfing gig and it looks amazing! We’ve done surfing, scuba diving, white river rafting, and yes, the Annapurna Circuit to name a few, but kite surfing? On the to do list!
The contest is open only until October 10th so if you want to register, go here super duper quickly! Second prize is a six-hour kite course for two. Ten runner ups get free Explora shirts.
So, hurry up and go register and if someone from The Nomadic Family community wins I would just die with pure joy. I figure if the Annapurna Circuit didn’t kill us, neither in body nor in spirit, surely I could afford dying freaking out from joy because one of our friends won this cool thing! Now that would be too cool.
Photo credits and we-owe-you-our-lives credit to our amazing film crew Angela Tabora, Erin Lin, and Noah “The Fearless” Cooper. Their updates and unreal work can we found at The Nomadic Family Project.
Tell us what’s up, how much you love us, how wrong we are in not experiencing the Annapurna Circuit as the most life-changing, spiritual family travel experience to date, and oh, tell us how much you love us (again). We’ll be white noise in Kathmandu for another week. Oh, oh, oh, and of course, tell us if you entered the competition and won, and if you see your life as one too, not the kind with limited resources but one with love to share with all, one that you can either win or learn.
I reckon it’s again my turn to win some or learn some.
Name that artist. That will be our code word that you read until the very last line. Loving you very, very much.