Threesome in Nepal

Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
Trip End Jul 27, 2011

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Elbrus Home Kathmandu
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Manu and I arrive in Kathmandu after yet another marathon trip via Beirut, with little if any sleep in our pockets. We are to meet Shaista at a hotel my dad had recommended but when we arrive, a sign with our names includes a message from her to find her at another guest house. The ride to it is also organized, so we don't have to start haggling right away. Sweet.

And then there were three of us :)

After the first night, we move to another hostel I had looked up earlier. Better deal, more heat and breakfast included. $20 per night for the three of us in a private room. Score!

Kathmandu! How to describe it?! Right from the drive in, Manu and I are loving the vibrant street life, rugged as it is. It surely is not for the faint-hearted:
Crazy traffic;  hunking concerts adding to ear-ringing street noise; people wearing face masks against the pollution; glue-sniffing kids picking at each others lice when they are not passed out, lying piled on top of each other and their dogs on the side walk; street dogs and cows sleeping in the middle of the sidewalk, unbothered by foot or other traffic; little garbage campfires, also on the sidewalk; smell of inscents and pee; street food that looks alright, but we are told to avoid; vibrant life; friendly,smiley people, asking you where you are from at every corner; rikshas, cars, motorcycles, dogs and more all sharing the street with pedestrians; signage jungles making streets indistinguishable from each other; tasty momos (dumplings, similar to perogies); nowhere to eat after 9pm; heaters are a major challenge to negotiate for rooms and usually cost extra; sheets that don't look washed; police men with rifles; cows in front of temples and buffalos on menues; toilet paper seems scarce, hot or at least warm water is also not guaranteed; travelers looking more ragged than elsewhere; beautiful mountain views; prayer flags; Tibetan monks; Ayurvedic massage parlours; Hindu and Buddhist shrines and temples; pigeons everywhere; 7 hours of daily power outage, random, not scheduled; painfully slow internet; pashminas, silk and yak shawls everywhere; painted, fake yogis (Sadhus = holy men) wanting $ for pictures; What a FASCINATING place!
Verdict for me is that minus the cold rooms and constant "where are you from?" I love it!

Day one we just organize ourselves. Day two we take a day trip to surrounding sights. See the many pictures I managed to load for impressions of those. The previous night's dinner did not agree with my tummy, so I can't keep any food down for one day. With a day delay, we treat Shaista (and ourselves) to a Spa evening for her birthday. Day three, I sleep in and rest up while Manu and Shaista get up with the birds to catch a mountain sunset in Nagarkot. Then on the 4th day, we take a flight over the Himalayas and I decide that maybe I can be impressed by some mountains after all. Unfortunately, Manu comes down with a kidney infection and is bed-bound for the next few days. After consulting with my dad, I feel ok leaving her behind in KTM, while Shaista and I take off to Pokhara. By now, I am the only healthy one as Shaista has come down with a cold. Aren't we a bunch of invalids.
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Gina on

I love the pix. Not just these ones but all of the previous ones you've taken.

I am also still insanely jealous!

Ken on


henniterness on

Thanks Gina and Ken. Which Ken is this? Ken H? Or Ken McL? Or...?

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