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Saturday 6th December 2014 - Varanasi to Lumbini, Nepal Last night caught up with a group doing the same trip as us but in reverse, they drove all day today from Lumbini, which is our trip tomorrow, in reverse. They looked a bit shell shocked when they walked into the hotel. 4am comes around quickly, a quick wash of of the face, makeup on, emu parade to check we haven't missed anything and we're downstairs on the little bus tearing down Varanasi's almost ...
... we not go by jeep ? Oh you will be safe with me responded Jack, oh right I said not convinced and spent a rather uneasy night being chased and eaten by tigers, trampled by elephants and running away from charging rhino. Up early next morning and after some rather wonderful French coffee and the best freshly made Aloo Pratha I have ever tasted we set off, armed only with bamboo sticks, Jack leading and Buddy bringing up the rear, into the jungle Very apprehensive ...
... we have no shame we needed a Disney hug!) We don't want to write about the next day as we don't want to relive it haha! But let's just say a 12 hour bus journey with a mental Nepalese woman screaming and a Chinese guy with Tourette's making monkey noises and the screeching of windows isn't ideal for a long period of time. Not to mention the Bollywood film involving countless bloodshed and the hours of WWE we had to sit through. But in true style ...
... and the next word was either “rupees” or “chocolate” which was quite funny. We saw water buffalo taking a mud bath and we were the spectacle of the town, with all eyes on us. Why were these two white guys walking down the road with the locals, why where they not on a tourist bus being ferried to their next photo opportunity on whistle stop tours of religious sites of significance?! We enjoyed the walk though, and enjoyed the cold beer that awaited us at ...
... We first went into the small dirt road town center to get Nepalese sim cards for our cell phones (essential) and find some lunch. By the late afternoon we were riding bikes into the temple complex that’s surrounded by forest and contains many temples from most Buddhist countries to honor the place in which Shakyamuni, the living Buddha was born. My bike was totally wonky and luckily we were stopped ½ a km by the guards saying ...