I wrote this in September 2010 while I was in Nepal, I have updated it and translated into English.

So, tomorrow is the day. We will probably leave for the Annapurna Sanctuary trekking. I say “probably” because I slightly turned my ancle this morning, while walking and looking in the sky.

We had to pay 20 dollars to enter the park plus 15 for a “trekking permit”! What is this? I’m already tired at the thought of all that I will have to walk, and I also have to pay? I don’t understand it. Anyway, I don’t really feel like going. There’s a nice hill here near Pokhara, from where you have a nice view of the mountains, but it’s at about two hours from the town centre. I haven’t been, too far. And from tomorrow I will be walking 6 hours per day, for 10-12 days. I don’t know why I’m doing it. Well, I do actually. It’s because it seems like you can’t come to Nepal and not doing some trekking. It’s a must. It’s as if you came to Italy and didn’t eat pizza. Sort of. I’ve heard the view from the trek is so beautiful that you don’t feel pain nor tiredness. We shall see.

I also bought a sleeping bag. I don’t know why I bought it neither. I need it, because the one I have at home is useless, but I could just have rented it for this trek, because I have two more months of travels and I will have to carry it with me, and I don’t have any space left. During the trek the idea is to carry only the small bag, as light as possible, but later I will have to get rid of a sweatshirt to make room for the sleeping bag.

There’s a weird smell, of something burning. I don’t know if it’s from the kitchen or from the wire of my notebook…

I’m drinking a Nepalese tea. Not bad, but I prefer the “sweet tea” we had in Tibet. Not the yak butter milk tea, that I totally dislike, but the sweet tea, that is good. Ok, I’m going to inform the Italian embassy of my itinerary.

See you soon.

P.S. I found out there’s no Italian embassy in Nepal. I informed the embassy in India. Good night!

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