https://www.duolingo.com/Anneduol1ngo

Goodbye 674 day streak!

Goodbye 674 day streak! We may see each other again in another couple of years. There will be no mourning, regrets or sadness. I just anticipate a sense of freedom because...

Tomorrow I fly to my holiday trekking in the Himalayas, hoping to reach Annapurna Base Camp, 4130 metres. I'm sure many of you will have done this and more, but for me, even attempting it is awesome. In the last 3 years I have had 5 operations, the last just under a year ago. And I have passed my 30 score years and 10 mark and have never done a trek.

My temporary separation from DL has been thought through and a positive decision made not to 'be connected' while on trek. It's possible I may not even take pictures all the time. I plan to live in the moment and enjoy or endure all I experience. At the very least the stars without light pollution and the mountains will be amazing. (So will not going to the gym, for a while anyway!)

I'll catch up with you all in about 3 weeks time.

'Bye for now!

2 weeks ago

44 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DimitrijeD4
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I wish you best of luck in your endeavor. Life's offering so much to catch up and one should not sacrifice a moment.

Duolingo will be waiting when you come back.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

I doubt many of us have done that Himalaya trek. The closest I have done that trek was vicariously, reading Peter Matthiessen's book "The Snow Leopard". It is a true story from this great writer of his trek through that area. I highly recommend you read it before your trek for additional inspiration and it would make good airplane reading.

Living in the moment is the best way to go. After all, the present moment is all we really have.

Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ. Look for it carved in mani stones.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rev._mother

I’ve climbed up to the roof to clean the gutters.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

That's something I can't do. I have flown helicopters without doors and stuck my head out looking down while flying, no problem. I have climbed tall trees with no problem. Fire towers, elevators with glass walls and ladders..vertigo time. I would never worry about falling off a cliff as I would never get close to them.

Edit: "clean the gutters" could be a mantra just as effective as "om mani padme hum", a favorite of Tibetan Buddhists.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rev._mother

That explains the mandala I made from moldy leaves and gutter crud.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

You sound rather Buddhish (sic). You could get some tiny pieces of that and attach it near your Buddha bead on your mala.

Seriously, years ago I met some traveling Tibetan Buddhist monks during one of their performances. They took turns 24/7 to make this beautiful sand mandala, grain by grain. They gave shows, special dances, playing those long horns and the young monk introducing the act was quite the comedian.

When he was introducing the special dance, he apologized and said the lead monk was still in Atlanta and was drunk. It got even more outrageous and gasps came from the audience.

Then like a little boy who got caught he giggled and said, "I don't know why I lied." and the show began.

At the end of the week, their last act was to sweep the mandala into containers, again to the gasp of the audience, "Why are they destroying that art they spent so long to create???"

"Impermanence of all things" is a basic Buddhist belief and they sure did a good job of demonstrating that. They offered some to the audience and I took a few grains and put it in a small silver locket I bought from them and attached it on a mala I made during precept class.

In a procession, they took the sand to a nearby river and poured it in there as a symbol of word peace.

I recommend seeing them if they come to a town near you. Anne is so lucky, I am sure she will encounter some of them on her journey.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

rev_mother I doubt you offended any Buddhists, at least you have not offended me. There are so many misperceptions about Buddhism out there and jokes help understand what it is really about. My first Zen Master told me, "Do the opposite of what I tell you." So I didn't.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rev._mother

Must have been a terrific experience. I’ve known some Buddhists, it’s a really interesting religion. Hope no one was offended by my mandala joke, if they were they can probably transcend it. It does sound like a cool trip.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Davey944676

I'm glad you won't be concentrating on taking pictures - they'll never look as good as your memories. Maybe just the occasional snap with people you meet?

Use any available moment just to stop and take in the views with your own eyes, and breathe it all in.

You'll have a great time. I am incredibly jealous of you right now.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yannis216836

I am also past the three score and ten with three major surgeries in the last eighteen months. I wish you well with the trip to Nepal, I was there in 1970 and enjoyed every bit of it. My last real walk was down the Samaria Gorge in Crete two years ago. Once again, best wishes for your adventure.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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have a wonderful trip, safe flights, enjoy every moment!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xHxwk

3 lingots for the bravery!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneduol1ngo

Thanks! Brave or foolish?

Please could people note that this is my last post here prior to flying. I will read your comments however. Thanks to all. Just a bit busy..

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Congrats on your 674-day streak and it will feel nice not to think about your streak every day. Also, the trip sounds amazing! I wish you the best in reaching the Annapurna Base Camp! :-)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DipenDhakal

I Live in Nepal But I have Never Gone to the Himalayan Region I'm Just 16 so i will do that in the future..... And Best of Luck to You!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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Hello DipenDhakal, that sounds like a wonderful trip to look forward to. I wish you all the best.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich
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You deserve a great trip! I know you can reach your goal! When you reach the top, make a special wish! Bravo!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sher818015

That is fantastic! What a rich life you are leading! I love the idea of seeing the stars without light pollution and have been fortunate to view them in some fairly remote places. I often wish the world could turn off all the lights for just a moment so everyone could experience that amazing sight. Have a lingot.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WinterSoldier.

Ahhh...a Himalayan trek. Have fun for all of us!!!! The nearest I've gotten to a Himalayan trek was planning a break in/ fire escape route on my roof, and retrieving a football someone had chucked onto the roof.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sgorancic

Sretno ... Buena suerte ... Good luck ...

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72
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Take good care of yourself, have fun, and return safely. Best wishes. :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Charlie47630

I envy you that adventure, my friend! Being 3 score and 10 myself, I understand QTR (Quality of Time Remaining). I trekked the jungle in the Ecuadorean Amazon Basin, disconnected from the grid. Would love to do it again. Your trip sounds fabulous! Buena suerte, amigo.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanGarcia13610
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I missed an 8 day streak going for a 20 miles trek in the mountains of Western Guatemala. A very big surprise for me was that the small town meant as our final destination was a town where they speak K'ich'e, a mayan language that I learnt (partially) at University. It was a great experience to test my knowledge (and share) with a little boy and his family. ;)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ILoveFishys

that's sad i lost my 60 day streak

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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sorry about that, keep at it, and step by step you'll find you have a new streak.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zane474593

losing 3 years of work i hope you get there someday again!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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no, not really losing the work - what you have learned remains with you, even if the streak is gone! A streak is just a streak, and in Anneduol1ngo's case, giving up the streak is a choice.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ILoveFishys

Me?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ArrigoC
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Disfruta de cada momento

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juskat
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bon voyage! looking forward to hearing about your exciting adventure!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eugen_nw
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Never worry about losing your streak because what you've learned on Duolingo no one will ever be able to take away from you. Have an amazing trip!

You may want to check with the "Duolingo authorities" to see if you can take a documented break because of the circumstances.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Hi Anne, a trek to the Himalayas is definitely worth losing a streak for!! Wow, that's the experience of a life time.

Enjoy every moment of it all and have fun!

God bless!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yvonne856633

Have a wonderful journey. I hope that it is all, and more than you imagine. Your story fills me with hope, on a day when it is difficult to come by.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

You are on your way now and I wish you a safe journey. I am finalizing plans for my 6 month sojourn in Vietnam. WIFI is commonly available but I will somewhat follow you in disconnecting and enjoying the moment. I plan to limit myself to essential use of my computer and take time to peek in here from time to time. Lessons will be 24/7 for me, everyone in Vietnam will be my teachers. I used to carry luggage for all my photo gear but gave that up years ago. Just my camera and I plan just one picture per day of my traveling companions who will change from time to time.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BillRugg-E
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Bon chance

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prj65
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Hi Anne. I am so happy for you! What an awesome opportunity! I hope you have a wonderful time! If only more duolingo streaks were lost in such a positive and wonderful way! We look forward to your return!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Saved_by_Christ
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Wow! What an adventure lies before you! I hope everything goes well and you have a fantastic time. Looking forward to hearing from you in 3 weeks!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RtSPJ02x

What language were you learning? How far did you get?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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can't you see it from next to her name?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarshallLanguage

That must hurt. I just started this website myself. Hope you get it back!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bobgirl10

Noooooooooo! Noooo

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Milo447872

OOF. I feel your pain. Its like playing a game and you accidentally reset it

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneduol1ngo

I did it! Now in Pokhara awaiting transport to hotel. Would love to post photo of myself at Annapurna Base Camp 4130 metres in Snow minus 10 degrees Celcius. To my mind, at my age, I don't think this would put me at risk. I am so bundled up that only my head is visible. I don't know if my IT skills are sufficient anyway.. Does anyone with authority know if I would seriously be breaking DL rules? What I do not want to do is encourage teenagers to be posting their photos.

I am quite tired. It will probably be a couple of weeks before I get back to my lessons, but now I am in civilisation again 8 will probably look at the discussions.

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