Kathmandu Planning & Travel Syncronicity

Back to Kathmandu. Research for this trip is topping out at about 15 hours a week. But it’s worth it. Example: in putting feelers out to friends and friends of friends, I’ve been put in touch with trekkers, guides, wanna-be guides, original Nepalese expedition outfits, etc.

But twice now, I’ve had other travelers like me get in touch–two sets of them very quickly–with the same essential message: Your email arrived at the most unusual time: I just happened to be traveling with my Nepal/Tibet traveling companion when your email came in.  

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-prayer flags at Himalayan Restaurant, Flagstaff, AZ. Window reflection selfie.

I believe Jung was right about syncronicity. Even if the only reason he’s right is because we want him to be right. In the 1990’s I set my personal record for the quickest travel–or otherwise–synchronistic moment. On a train ramp leaving Copenhagen, I established in under seven minutes with my bench mate that we each knew the same person from back in NY: my college roommate. We corroborated evidence down to names and addresses before departing on trains headed in different directions.

And among those who strap on boots and backpacks or carry travel documents, traveler’s syncronicity is the drug of choice. And, I’m beyond ecstatic to be on the path tripping over it.

What synchronistic travel moments have you encountered? Who do you know who would like to share their travel experiences about Lhasa, Tibet, Pokhara, Kathmandu and Mount Everest Base Camp with me? With you?

6 thoughts on “Kathmandu Planning & Travel Syncronicity

  1. Hahaha. Well, now that you asked, a friend of my father’s turned up at my hotel in Jamaica. Then I saw a lady from my home town on the streets of San Francisco. Then I saw a certain congressman with a woman not his wife on the riverfront in St. Louis. There’s probably more, but I just got up–


  2. Renee, Have you ever posted anything on how you approach your research for a trip? I’m blown away by your spending 15 hours a week! I travel with my camera and now realize that the next time I don’t want to just happen upon a shot, but rather have planned to photograph x,y,z,etc. Just curious about how you approach your trip planning.


  3. Well, I can’t remember any time I had a chance encounter while traveling; however, when we do take trips, we like to “wrap” some time with friends or family. Moving to Ohio from Washington? My cousins live in Minnesota, let’s go see them during the trip! Friends just a couple hours off our path? Well, why not see them as well!? (No “dropping by” with them, we do call ahead…LOL!) We have friends do the same…flying into Phoenix and having dinner, or driving through Phoenix to visit their family–give the kids a break, have a home cooked meal and catch up for an hour (NOT enough time, but better than nothing!).


    • Aren’t those long lost visits like a suspended moment in time that take you to another time and place? And to feel how time eclipses once you sit down with old friends again… to only rocket back to the present when you see how big the kids have gotten in the mean time. Time is such a strange driver! Thanks Lisa!


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