I pulled my sock down so you can see the size difference in my leg where the sock was and where it wasn't. Haha! Gross! My ankles were nonexistent!
It was pretty crazy to finally use a bathroom with a flush toilet and not have to worry about having toilet paper or flushing your toilet paper down the toilet! In Nepal, their sewage system is not capable of accepting toilet paper. Therefore there are little wastebaskets in the bathroom for you to throw your used toilet paper into. This becomes a little gross when you are sharing a wastebasket with everyone else and their mother and you see it right there in front of you! Its even more gross when you are using a pit toilet because you have to squat over a little hole which gets you nice and close to the toxic abyss of used toilet paper! I heard screeching horror music every time I had to use a public bathroom. The next step after you do your business is you have to rinse the bowl with water that is provided in a bucket next to the toxic wastebasket. This requires handling a cup that floats in the water that everyone else has touched. Danger Alert: Be careful of the rinsing step because water may splash back on you! My advice for using the bathroom in a developing country is to plan ahead......drink only the necessary amount of water you need to be healthy, always carry toilet paper in your pocket because bathrooms in Nepal rarely have toilet paper for you to use, and practice squatting and aiming before you travel! ;)
After 5 hours of layover in New York we finally boarded our last flight to Denver! Luckily we both slept out of pure exhaustion to prepare for the last leg of our journey: driving over Berthoud Pass! We picked up our car from my friend Mary Ann's parents' house in Lakewood and started our drive up the pass around 10:40 PM. The roads were clear and we had "road food" to keep us awake and alert.
We arrived at my house a few minutes after midnight to celebrate the coming of 2016 with Walter and Winston! It was a loud welcoming with good ole' Walter's whines and wales! Of course my cat Winston played the typical cat card and remained coy all evening until it was bedtime. He finally came around when he got his nightly kitty treat right before bed. I guess he finally decided that he didn't have to punish me anymore for being gone. I was in heaven with my sweet buddies.....John, Walter, and Winston! Happy New Year!