About two weeks before we left for Nepal, I ordered a wide-angle camera lens from a website so I could fully capture everything going on around me and the absolute hugeness of the Himalayas. I ordered it to arrive on the 13th, the day before we were set to leave. Well…turns out the 13th is a holiday. Columbus Day. And the mail doesn’t come on “let’s celebrate taking land from the indigenous and then killing them with smallpox” day.
Suffice to say, I didn’t bring a wide-angle lens or a good attitude about American holidays to Nepal. But I was determined to be otherwisely camera prepared. The day before we left for Nepal, I plugged my camera charger into the wall in Oregon and making a very important mental note not to forget it. The day after we arrived in Nepal, I pulled out my camera and noticed it felt a little…light.
Oh no. No no no.
Yep. I pulled open the slot where the battery should be on the camera…nothing. My camera battery (and charger!) were plugged into a wall in Oregon, blinking a “fully charged” green light at an empty room.
I was pretty determined to find a battery in Nepal. In fact, I actually found one for sale in a booth in a temple UNESCO site in Kathmandu. I bartered (it was pretty exciting) and got the battery for about 2200 rupees, or $22 American dollars. Not bad.
I put it in my camera, determined to take as many pictures as I could, and noticed it was only at a quarter battery. Hey, that’s okay! I thought optimistically. I have my charg–oh. My charger was charging the battery in the same house in Oregon that my dad was playing with my wide-angle lens that should have been with me in Nepal.
And with that turn of events, I decided it was a sign and safely packed my camera away in the suitcase. No amazing pictures of Nepal for the blog/my portfolio. No multimedia stories. But I was almost kind of glad. By the time Yosemite rolled around, I was pret-ty tired of that darned thing making my hikes take 283896x longer than they should (“Ooh, I should take a shot of the leaves blowing in the wind! And my shoes! OOh…that cloud,” etc.). Instead, I got to enjoy the moment as it happened, instead of through a lens.Was I still sad I didn’t have my camera? Absolutely. But did I still love love love Nepal? You betcha. (Besides, I still had my iPhone camera. And lots of wifi to post