By Jim W., 8-time traveler from Riverside, CA
There we were in Nepal—12 Americans facing Thanksgiving away from home. Hardy travelers all, we knew the day would come and we tried not to make ourselves homesick by dwelling on it. But my companions and I were a bit nostalgic about the day. We talked about what we would miss the most: the turkey, the stuffing, the gravy, or the pumpkin pie.
We were traveling with Overseas Adventure Travel and part of the adventure always involves being flexible—and that included being gone on Thanksgiving. Our guide, Raseech (he preferred Raaz) heard our somber conversation and inquired about our “festival,” as he called it. We set aside this sentimental talk and enjoyed our mountain trekking and touring of Kathmandu.
Thanksgiving Day arrived and we did not give it much thought. We wondered a bit when Raaz altered the schedule and set up a dinner in the Moon Dance Café in Pokhara, Nepal. We were sipping a drink before dinner and absorbed in our usual lively conversation. Then Raaz stepped out of the kitchen with a big grin on his face, carrying a huge platter on which perched a Thanksgiving turkey, with beautiful golden brown breast and drumsticks proudly jutting up. It was complete with stuffing and surrounded by colorful accoutrements. Well, alright, it was actually a large chicken, but it looked like a turkey, smelled like a turkey and, to me, it tasted like turkey! The stuffing had unidentifiable ingredients but it was delicious.
The table resonated with the “oohs” and “ahhs” of our group and the room shone with the bright smiles on our faces. The warm feeling of our most traditional American holiday was palpable. We were with good friends, the next best thing to family. We were more than flexible—we were ecstatic at our good fortune. We were indulging in an incredible adventure in an exotic land and at the same time relishing in the glow of a memorable Thanksgiving.
Whatever the time of year, you’ll make your own warm memories of Nepal with OAT on Nepal & the Mystical Himalayas.