Paul here, amongst the chaos that is my last minute packing! I’m heading off tonight – so the journey finally begins! It’s been a pretty busy time between trying to catch up with people, keeping my training up, packing all the last minute things that can’t be added until later, doing the odd interview here and there, and sorting out things at home. So I’ll be glad to finally sit down on that plane and relax.
I wanted to thank the kids and teachers at QEVCI (a school in Canada that followed our climb last year). I was very surprised to receive a big package in the mail from these guys containing several T-shirts, some real maple candies (I’ve never had these before), and the school’s year book. It also included the Everest books that a class last year was studying which prompted them to follow our trip on Everest. Fiona and I were very happy to answer their questions about what Everest is really like. I’m really looking forward to reading these books while I’m away. (I reckon it would be a good way to study literature with the book in one hand, and a real live case study happening before your eyes.)
Best of all though, the package also included lots of personal letters from the students. I read a couple and they were so amazing that I’ve decided to pack them up and take them with me to read in Nepal. That way I’ll be able to savor them when I have time to think at basecamp. (Right now my head is overflowing with all the things I need to remember to take and do before I go!) Thanks Liane and all the kids at QEVCI.
Anyway, must go now and continue packing. I look forward to hearing from you in Kathmandu.