Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Crazy hot winter!

Nothing suits small talk better than a good ol' weather discussion. But this year the Dutch indeed have a good reason for bringing this subject up: look at the images below!

It is indeed strange to see that Bologna, 1250 km south of Utrecht, has the same temperature we have here. How crazy is that?

I had been warned that January would have been f***ing freezing, and was expecting to have a real bad time when back from my holidays in warm Italy. But honestly, the difference was oh-so-slight!

I know the weather is unusually mild for Italy as well, but look at this: the average temperature in the Netherlands, in January 2013, has been around 3°C!

Quoting from Dutch Amsterdam: According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI1), January is the coldest month in most of the Netherlands. (...) Normally the average temperature in January is 5° Celcius (41° Fahrenheit). But the Netherlands just had the warmest January 3rd on record , with 11.9° Celcius (53.42° Fahrenheit). Not only that, but we also just experienced the warmest January 6th on record — 13.1° Celcius (55.58° Fahrenheit). In fact, so far this winter is the sixth warmest ever in the Netherlands (since meteorological record keeping began, in 1901).

I am shamelessly happy in this unusually warm weather. I mean, I know it may be the global warming and everything, but I can't help enjoying the average 10°C, especially when I take my bike in the morning! More so when I think that these days last year it was snowing in Utrecht...

Lots of love and positive vibe to the folks in NY who instead are going through an insanely snowy weather! Hold on guys!

And you? How's the weather in your city? And how are you reacting to it?

Lots of love,


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    Day 01: Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m), take an easy walk to Phakding (2610 m):
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    Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m.):
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    Day 03: Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places:
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    Day 04: Trek to Tengboche ( 3850m.):
    After a day rest in in the monastrery when you can go and visit the monastrery , even you have chance to do meditation in the monastrery.

    Day 05: Trek to Dingbuche (4350m):
    Approximately five hours walk to Dingboche

    Day 06: Day trip to Chhukung
    Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4950m.):
    Today we walk about 5 to 6 hours.Trek along the Dughla valley, you leave a Aid Post at Pheriche 4240 m. A western volunteer doctor, supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here and they offers treatment and consultation for trekkers who is heading up. You continue the trek gaining knowladge of altitude to your distination.

    Day 08: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160m.) Hike up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep.

    It takes about 3.5 hours to Gorakesh and you will hike for another 3 hours to go and back to Everest Base Camp. It makes more comfortable for the altitude to hike up and come dwon for the night stay. Today it seams like a great day of your trekking because of you will reach your distination. Trek up the valley a short look of the Khumbu Glacier following the rocky path, on the lap of Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is situated the original of Everest Base Camp. The panoramic view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse emerge at the forefront of you. There is also a chance to hear sound of the avalanche and also can be seen on the way.

    Day 9: Early morning Hiking to Kalapathar (5545m.), Trek back to Pheriche(4240m.):

    It takes about six hours. It starts early in the morning with a hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mtrs.), an excellent viewpoint to observe the Mount. Everest and innumerable spectacular mountains views from top of Kalapathar which is also amazing point of this trek, the Panoramic view of Everest Himalayan ranges you will never can forget in your life. You start to feel better and less tiredness because of altitude , also you did great destination.

    Day 10: Trek back to Namche Bazzar (3440m.):
    It takes abit long today but going back down is easy walk for downhill and altitude. Mostly downhill to Namche Bazzar will takes about 7 hours today, which is very scenic mountain view. You can enjoy your evening in Namche where is many facilities like drinks, pool house and shopping.

    Day 11: Trek back to Lukla(2804m.):
    Around five and half hours walk you get back to Lukla, today. The last day of your trek to walk from Namche Bazaar via Phakding ( your first night) to Lukla. Also a market palce of Everest region to enjoy your rest of day in Lukla. There are some bars , resturant and shops to pass your rest of the day in Lukla.

    Day 12: Flight back to Kathmandu(1300m.):
    Exciting to be back in Kathmandu after awhile without get in touch with family and friends , A Knoch on the door early in the morning for breakfast. The same view as first flight up to Lukla a huge chance to see panoramic Everest range again through out a small windows what you done recently. Afther half an hour flight you be back to Kathmandu with unforgatable memory of your trip.