The longest flight I've ever been on is to NYC or maybe Portland, Oregon. Somewhere around the 3-4 hour range. Knowing that we had 2 full days of travel ahead of us left me numb - it dampened my excitement and anxiety alike.
Jeremy's mom dropped us off at the OKC airport at 5:30 AM on Friday, October 8. We flew into Newark, NJ where we had an 8 hour layover. The beautiful thing about airports is the people watching. And watch, I did. The time passed and our flight had arrived. We boarded the plane for Delhi, India and I quickly learned that my seat did not recline. Wonderful. And then I quickly learned that the toddlers right behind us hated life and wanted to make sure everyone on that plane knew it - for 13 long hours.
I was so excited when we finally arrived to Delhi. We exited the plane and were escorted to an area of the airport with a few chairs and loungers. A few airline workers gathered our passport and luggage information (written down by hand) and told us to wait an hour for our boarding pass to Kathmandu - from there we could gain access to the rest of the airport for food, magazines and other airport luxuries. We took a seat and waited. And waited. We had quietly gone insane and the waiting had become our whole lives - it felt like all we had because we couldn't imagine what was waiting for us on the other side. 17 hours later we were finally given our boarding passes and access to duty-free shops, food and our excitement for Kathmandu.
This is all we saw of Delhi, India through our small airplane window. We had arranged for a home stay through airbnb for the duration of our very long layover but failed to realize that a transit Visa into India takes weeks and hundreds of dollars to process.
We took flight to Kathmandu and as we were cruising at 30,000 feet we saw mountains peaking through the clouds. The frustration and exhaustion didn't matter anymore. We had arrived.
On October 10, 2010 we landed at the ancient Kathmandu international airport, filled out our Visas (the guy that issued mine laughed at my photo and said "pretty"), made it through customs and fortunately found our checked bag in a sea of backpacks and duffel bags. We were greeted outside the airport by a wall of noise, a red sky and about a million people wanting to give us a ride to wherever we needed to go. We found our way to our guide and made our way through chaos to a quiet van filled with the rest of our trek mates. It was just the still before the storm that was driving through Kathmandu in rush hour traffic - I've never experienced anything like it and was too shocked to pull out my camera. But trust me, when I tell you that it was insane. But we made it to the other side of the world and at that point we didn't want to be anywhere else.
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
You can contact Kathleen at
jeremyandkathleen (at) gmail (dot) com.
All photos and graphics by Kathleen unless otherwise stated. Feel free to use them with permission or credit.
Anatomy of an Outfit
Sometimes I like to get dressed and take pictures of myself. For all of my outfit posts click here.
Freelance Matters: A series about how I tackle freelance issues such as estimating, billing, to-do lists and how to fire a client.
Trekking to Everest
In October 2010 Jeremy and I trekked through the Himalayas to Mt. Everest Base Camp. It completely changed my life. Read about the entire adventure, day-by-day, here.
Braid is a creative & consulting business I own with my sister. We do branding and business visioning for creative entrepreneurs. On the Braid blog I share branding adventures, how-to articles and advice on the creative process. If you need a little brand therapy of your own visit Braid or subscribe to the Braid blog RSS feed here.
What We Eat
We like to eat really good food - at least 3 times a day. Sometimes I blog about it - click here for recipes and yummy ideas.
J & K: Blog Archive
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- Nepal Day 18: Return to Kathmandu
- Nepal Day 17: Return to Lukla
- Nepal Day 16: Back to Namche Bazaar
- Nepal Day 15: Phortse
- Day 14: Kala Patthar Summit
- Wedding Invitations: The Life Aquatic
- Pizza: Deconstructed
- Anatomy of an Outfit: Houndstooth and Layers
- Nepal Day 13: Mt. Everest Base Camp
- Nepal Day 12: Lobuche
- And Kathleen Studio on Brooklyn Bride!
- Nepal Day 11: Day Trek to Chukhung
- Nepal Day 10: Dingboche
- 5 months freelance
- Nepal Day 9: Pangboche / Ama Dablam Base Camp
- Anatomy of an Outfit: My Pajamas
- Nepal Day 8: Deboche
- Huevos Rancheros aka The Best Meal I Ever Ate
- Nepal Day 7: Thame Village
- Anatomy of an Outfit: Jeremy Style
- Pippin + Pearl
- Nepal Day 6: Khumbu Region Day Trek
- Wedding Invitation: Quirky Patchwork Circus
- Nepal Day 5: The Push to Namche Bazaar
- Anatomy of an Outfit: Red Plaid
- Nepal Day 4: Lukla/Phakding
- Nepal Day 3: Kathmandu
- This is Halloween
- Nepal Days 1 and 2: From here to there
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