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Novelty Snacks of Nepal

Mountain snacks.

Novelty snacking has gotten a little out of control. In an effort to not go crazy trying to post them all, I’m limiting the snacking from now on. (Ok, not really the snacking… just the photo taking). A few snacks were edited down from this trip because either I wasn’t present to hear the results, or just plain don’t remember the details.

Here goes:

Novelty Snack: Lime ‘n’ Masala Masta flavored potato chips
Description: “the spirit of a young and vibrant India.” – Lays
Tastes Like: a mixture of Indian spices possibly including cardamon and cinnamon
Verdict: Thumbs neutral

Novelty Snack: Chabaa guava juice
Description: Guava juice with guava flesh
Tastes Like: the juice of a guava
Verdict: Thumbs up!

Novelty Snack: Green Pea Snack
Description: a puffed pea snack
Tastes Like: non-cheesy Cheetos with a slight pea flavor aftertaste with salt
Verdict: Thumbs neutral for Mike, thumbs up for me!

Novelty Snack: Unidentified dried fruit
Description: none
Tastes Like: disgusting spicy chewiness
Verdict: Thumbs down!

Novelty Snack: Peanut butter granola bar trekking snack
Description: peanut butter granola bar designed to provide energy while trekking
Tastes Like: not delicious stale and slightly chewy peanut butter lump with other seeds and bits
Verdict: Thumbs neutral!

Novelty Snack: SunCho
Description: chocolate covered sunflower seeds
Tastes Like: M&Ms, in a good way
Verdict: Thumbs up!

Novelty Snack: Mexican style peanuts
Description: roasted peanuts with chili flavor
Tastes Like: sweet and spicy peanuts
Verdict: Thumbs up!

Novelty Snack: Chippy, garlic and cheese flavor
Description: garlic and cheese flavored potato chips
Tastes Like: nothing spectacular
Verdict: Thumbs up!

Novelty Snack: Nachitas
Description: nacho cheese flavored potato chips
Tastes Like: very stale Doritos
Verdict: Thumbs up! (I’m not picky)

xo, jill

Good Morning, Everest.

It’s nice to meet you.

Our very last morning in Nepal we scheduled an Everest Experience flight. There was no way we were leaving the country without a proper look at the tallest mountain above sea level.

It was touch and go for awhile with several flight delays. I was nearly resigned to giving up hope when our boarding call bleated out of the speaker.

The view from the plane was pretty incredible. You’d expect Everest to tower over the other mountains… but they are pretty tall as well!

The flight attendant pointed out Everest for us. It’s the one with the fluffy cloud bits coming off the right side of the peak.

The flight ended with a trip into the cockpit…

…and our very own certificates!

With our mission accomplished we headed back to Abu Dhabi.

xo, jill


“Stupa cool.”

On our way back from visiting Bhaktapur, we hit up Boudhanath. Boudhanath is the largest stupa in Kathmandu and a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The colors were especially enchanting.

xo, jill


My legs resisted.

Back in Nepal, the afternoon of our second to last day we headed to Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city offers and impressive look at past and present Newar culture.

And here I attempted to jump despite my very sore legs post hike.

xo, jill

Merry Christmas!

Click through to watch it big!

xo, jill

Oh Christmas tree…

“How richly God hath decked thee.”

As part of our holiday celebrations, Mike and I headed over to the Emirates Palace to see their dinky little Christmas tree. I’m not sure what the fuss was all about… its bejeweled decor only cost 11 million dollars! Pocket change.

After our eyes readjusted from shiny overload, we headed over to another of the Palace’s press releases, the gold vending machine.

I was happy to pin down its location. You never know when you might need to make a quick withdrawal.

xo, jill

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