Taiwan was one of the most surprising parts of the trip. Taipei is less pristine and ordered than most other Asian cities and has a more chaotic atmosphere which is good fun. The night markets are cheap and boast some of the best Chinese food you can eat while the Taiwanese are probably the most liberal society in the Far East. One of the few tourism spots is the Taroko Gorge which is an extraordinary canyon which if you can hire a scooter in nearby Hualien is even better. Mo
From a Kibbutz in the north of Israel, to a small craft town, Mashiko, in Tochiji Prefecture Japan, through a flat share in the banlieue of Paris, I’ve been lucky enough to have been well and truly welcomed into communities outside of my own and through this I’ve learnt and been reassured of many positive human characteristics, namely trust.
It’s been much harder to pinpoint the value of this trip to me than I originally thought. The trek showed me that I am capable (both physically and mentally) of much more than I thought I was; I learned a lot about people, due to the closeness of my various teams; I learned a lot about Nepal and its people and its culture; I learned about the frustrating parts of organisations, but also the good parts. Also, in a cliche way, I learned how lucky I was on the most basic level,