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Posted on Oct 6, 2013

The Competition of Life- Win a Week in Dakhla- Family Travel Blog Perks

The Competition of Life- Win a Week in Dakhla- Family Travel Blog Perks

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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.

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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.

Winning Bungee

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!

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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…

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.

Your Turn

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.

Gabi

 

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  1. hi,

    In 2007 we did the Annapurna Circuit with our kids then ages 10 and 8 including the Poon Hill. I am looking forward to reading your insights. I’d love to compare them to mine with the prospective view I have gained over the years. My kids were back then an “attraction” with lots of people coming to our tea house in the evening looking at them with respect(no idea what they thought about the parents …).

    Thanks for these wonderful posts – Helit

    • helit. how wonderful that you did it with your kids. omg, the entire thing? you’re kids actually climbed all the way to the top, where Padi was to higher camp. I have heard of many people trekking parts of the trail with kids, but have yet to hear of anyone doing the entire circuit. i am in deep appreciation of your journey, if you did it ‘all’ or even parts. they were a great attraction and a ‘hit’ in tea houses where they made tons of great friends. that was the great part. there of course were other great parts and less great parts. please read my comments to alyson right above (or below) yours and tell me your thoughts further. would love to hear it.

  2. Hello! Well, as you know, we’ve done The Circuit, too. In the snow, in winter. Some of it was tough, the day we went over the pass was a long one. 3 days actually, it was our 3rd attempt before we got over, we had a few issues with blizzards. The land slides were kinda interesting and some of the precipitous drops were hair-raising, but on the whole…LOVED IT!
    We’re still probably going to head up there with the kids next year when Chef is recovered from his operation (!). Like I told you, we’ll give it a try and if the kids hate it we’ll turn back, which they probably will. It’s all in your head really, particularly with children, same as running, it’s a head game. I’d really love them to see some of the villages up there though, we’ll try. Well done for doing the whole thing! Looking forward to hearing about it.

    • how is it that even in the midst of traveling and dealing with what your plate is full of right now, you still find the time to read and care and love me and interact with all of your heart. i think without kids our experience would have been 180 degrees different but that those things that were hair-raising and tough and compound it times 2000 when you have your little look up at you and trust that you will keep them safe, physically and mentally, and, well, you can’t. you can’t guarantee that the horse or the jeep or you won’t fall off this narrow passage and no, we thought we could, but at some point, you can’t exactly turn back like you thought you could. it got very uncomfortable when we were suffering from different physical and emotional issues, and well, mom and dad couldn’t fix it. i can’t wait to hear your experiences when you do it. i need more time to reflect and be able to fully appreciate the parts of it that were truly amazing. loving you alyson. gabi

  3. Hey Gabi,

    I’ve been following you and your family’s adventures (& occasional misadventures) for about a month now. I thank you for the momentary armchair escapes you’ve provided me – and reminisces from my wanderlust days as a 20 something. (After making some good money teaching ESL in South Korea back in the 1990s I funded a 6 month backpacking trip through India/Nepal that included the 21 day Annapurna Circuit). Now that I’m a “family man”, with a wife & 2 daughters (5 & 8) & a full time job as a high school teacher I’ve begun to daydream about a trip back to Nepal we might be able to take during our summer break… Your travel blog has been so inspiring. I love the way you are able thread humor & candor throughout your posts. I can’t wait to learn more about the ups and downs of your trek as you distance yourself from it. Thank you Gabi! I think of you & your family often & wish you good thoughts as you all continue on your winding path – wherever it’s leading you.
    – Michael

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