It was 44 hours from our home in Spokane to our friends’ home in Kathmandu. This time we had no layovers long enough to rent a room for sleep. We did catch an hour or two of sleep on airport seats, but there wasn’t much opportunity for good rest. Maybe that is why we all slept pretty well the first night in Kathmandu, even though we forgot to take the melatonin: we were all completely exhausted. The luggage trials all turned out quite well; when we reached Seattle, we were only checking six bags for Beines and two for Ana, but nothing was overweight (according to Asian standards)…but then they weighed our carry-on bags. They declared those overweight and made us check three of them. Nick looked a little like a hobo with his few items retrieved from his bag (computer, slippers, camera and hat) placed in a large plastic bag (usually used for car seats) slung over his shoulder, as he was adorned in his recently torn jacket that was held together with duct tape. In the end, we did not incur an extra charge for baggage and everything made it all the way to Kathmandu. We feel so fortunate; and then our load on the plane was very light, and the in-flight entertainment (movies and games) kept everybody quite occupied.
The flight was a great weight-loss program for two Beines. We got placed at the very back of the plane between Seattle and Seoul, and all the motion led to the filling of at least seven of those little bags that you find in your seat-back pocket. And jet-lag finally got the best of Joshua at the end, so that he basically sleep-walked from the final flight, through the airport, to our taxi, where he got a good nap all the way to our friends’ home. Really the challenges of the flight were few and we were incredibly blessed by how great all seven travelers did over that 44 hours. Thank you for praying for us. Today, we celebrate with our Nepali “family” the birthday of their two-year-old daughter. And we seek God’s guidance to do His will during our few days here in the capital city of Nepal.
Kimberly, for the whole nomadic group