Achievement Unlocked: Puppetmaster

Trip Start Jul 25, 2011
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

So here I am at Doha airport and it's time to get in shape for the last intercontinental flight of this journey. Had the brilliant idea to spend the last hours in Kathmandu looking for interesting ways of getting rid of my last rupees, somehow worked since I finally got the damn handmade puppets I was looking for since the very first day in Nepal- well, at an acceptable price.

At last, paid 450 rupees for a single one, which will basically be my own kumari, hidden to the world and only shown for special occasions. The stress! Went through a dozen of different shops and at the very last attempt I finally found some honest old man that brought an entire box of puppets to let me choose my favourite one. What a pity he didn't take credit cards, really wanted to buy a whole bag of them, but this special single one will be always unique for this reason.

One word of warning: if you are asked 1500 rupees for a puppet you have the right to leave the store after telling the guy that he's being dishonest. Most vendors are fairly honest, but the ones treating people like this really deserve everything they get.

Anyway! Carrying a backpack full of goodies I finally left Nepal and the last worries of this trip where everything went right, then wrong, then right again at the very end. I'm disappointed for what I've missed but still proud of what I have achieved, since experience and learning lessons of life are things that have no price. 
The next time I'll feel bad about my life I will just remember the crowds of poor Nepali peasants flying to Saudi Arabia for... I don't even know how to call it, modern slavery is the most fitting term. I wish them all the best and feel so lucky and privileged to be living in Europe.

The night is almost over and after having slept a few hours at the airport lounge (which I recommend, the place is called Oryx Lounge and gives you a 6 hours access and all the food and drinks you want for 40 dollars) I'm ready to go back to my normal life, knowing that I have finally learned something about the real world. First world problems, no longer a worry.

Speaking of first world problems, the thought of the day: why does a middle aged, wealthy American woman travelling alone in Business class with one of the best and most expensive airliens in the world sleeps on two chairs folded together instead of booking a hotel room?

People have different perceptions of money and how to use them, it's my answer.

Hope you enjoyed the blog, or at least that it didn't leave you indifferent! I'll definitely post another, greater adventure in the future, that time hopefully will last longer.

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