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Playing Soccer in the Himalayan Village

Spent the afternoon playing soccer with the lads of Batase Village on a pitch that must surely have one of the best views of any in the world. These fellas love their football, they play every day from around 3pm until it’s too dark to see the ball, fair to say I’ll be struggling to move tomorrow. They’re fit as and very competitive but they play with great spirit and there was plenty of laughter as well.
I was by far the oldest and fattest out there but managed to hold my own. It was the first time I’d played any type of competitive sport since I did my knee and despite the language barrier I had a blast – it was a great example of how sport speaks a universal language.
NB: what looks like clouds above the mountain range is actually some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. Mindblowing.

Shaun Lauritsen, Australia

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