What an amazing start in Kathmandu

Trip Start Mar 17, 2011
Trip End Apr 08, 2011

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Hotel Himah Himal
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Namaste from Kathmandu.  We are having a brilliant time, where to start, well the flight was excellent we flew to Delhi then changed at Delhi airport to Kathmandu it was a great flight curry and free beer so cannot complain !  The last part of the flight the pilot said we have some bad weather ahead we could circle and wait for it to clear or just go for it and see what happens !! Well we landed okay so all was fine.  Arriving in Kathmandu took us back to when we went backpacking, had to que for a while to get our visas but got them with no problems.  When you walk through there are hundreds of Nepalese guys waiting hoping to take you to your hotel, our hotel had a sign with my name on so we headed for him and had a very warm greeting.  The taxi ride was unbelievable the roads are so bumpy not like proper roads. so busy people everywhere, markets on the side of the roads selling amazing looking fruits and veg.  We had to stop so the driver could let am ox cross the road, they are lying everywhere as you drive by as they are a sacred animal, we saw monkeys just wandering down the street aswell.  The streets are dusty and there is so much to see as you drive by.

We arrived at the hotel I had booked for two nights it's from the lonley plant guide and we were not dissapointed the room was small but clean and we had electric and hot water which is very rare in most of the places in Nepal.  We were shattered after the long flight so we went to sit on the beautiful terrace which is filled with flowers and trees we ordered veg curry biryiani and rice all for under four quid.  We made friends with one of the owners of the trekking business and he arranged to take us out the next day as it was holy day which meant a bank holiday where everyone throws paint balloons at each other!

After a great sleep we rose to go and meet KoPoo he took us by taxi with one of the other guides
called Pal they are both business men and own lots of properties in Kathmandu.  We went to a local bar and had typical Nepalese food which is Daal Bart served on a large silver tray it's rice with lentils, spinich, relish etc it was pretty good.  Everyone was partying as it was holy day and people were just running round painted up and throwing the water bombs with paint.  KoPoo and Pal took us through the town on their bikes (slowly) and we saw all if the festivities going on, they took us to a snookner hall where they bought us bottles of gin for holy day whilst we all played snooker.  We took a rickshaw back which was certainly an experience the roads are not designed for the bicycle drawn rickshaw it was hilarious but the only form of transport really.  We had more fabulous food again at the hotel we tried the local momos which are steamed dumplings they are really delicious.  Joe had been tring to get the football onto the computer but without any luck we told KoPoo to let us know if he found out the score and we we retired to bed as we were checking out the next day, we had had a fabulous day and felt really lucky as KoPoo had taken us to places that a lots of tourists dont really go.  I dont know what time it was but we were fast asleep when we heard KoPoo he had come to the room to tell us that Stoke had won 4 - 0 I woke Joe up  but Joe did not believe him so he switched his phone and saw the texts and realised it was true so we drank the beer the KoPoo had brought us up to celebrate needless to say Joe was happy! We had two beds in our room KoPoo stayed the night and in the morning we were woken to him showering and coming into the room our towel on, he then fetched us coffee in bed!

We checked out and Kopoo took us to our next accommodation where we would be staying for the next 2 weeks, it's right in the centre not as nice but the room is clean and we have electric for a few hours a day.  We met the other teachers some have been hear for a while they all teach the monks and they love it.  Me and Joe have been given a monastery where we will teach together and we will teach a class on our own, there is no rules, set things we have to teach, we can do whatever we want to do!

We went to a local place to eat with Kopoo and had more momos a plate full for 80p it great.  The beer is not cheap but still cheaper than at home they have their own special Everest beer.

We said goodbyeto Kopoo and arranged that we would see him again as he is taking us to Cheetwan National Par and his family want us to go for tea one night, Pal has also managed to speak with the prisons guards and he is trying to sort us out a humanitarian visit one day where we will take supplies out to either British or American citizens in prison.

Last night we went for drinks in a local bar with some of the other teachers I was drinking tiger balm a warm drink with brandy and whisky very very nice!  Today we had orientation with our guide Chris who works for i - to - i he took us round the streets its an amazing place lots of nooks and crannys with something going on on every corner, they love the tourists obviously and the people are always friendly.  The level of poverty is evident but you have to block that out you are told not to give money to the kids etc its hard but it does not help them.  We ahve just watched the sunsetting on the rooftop with a beer and tonight we are being taken out to a restaurant in town.

Tomorrow we meet our class we are so excited and cant wait, then in the afternoon we go to the monkey temple and then we are going to be going into an orphanage, when we can, most afternoons to play games with the children in there.

We have lots of things we are going to do like the everest flight (yes I may brave it) and the national park etc as we get weekends off.

We have taken photos but these computers are slow apparently there is some good ones in town I will get some pics and videos on asap.  Cant wait for tomorrow will let you know how it goes.

Lots of Love xxxxx
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Kirsty on

Love it........... bit of a sense of deja-vu writing on your blog hahaha!!!
Sounds amazing - am very jealous.
Hope the teaching goes well.......... very exciting.
Love from Keele xx

Sarah an Niall on

Wow! So pleased you both arrived safe and sound:) what an adventure already! Looking forward to hearing much more, happy teaching! Let them know that Stoke are on their way to wembley! Up the Potters they were great on Saturday, all our love Sarah and Niall xxx

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