3rd last day in Pokhara

Trip Start Sep 13, 2009
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Hotel Mandala
What I did
Walked, talked, found the P.O.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Well Brenden won his game with Heinz! My gut is still not good. Last night we joined Heinz and Daniela and a French guy named Miguel for dinner, then a German couple, Louis and Elke joined us as well. They are cyclists and have travelled lots. Elke was telling me about life in Germany when I spotted Brenden returning from the wash room with someone hovering behind him.....Ziv! He was on his way to get plane tickets to Kat; they leave tomorrow. They were planning to be at The Busy Bee around 8pm and we were keen to catch up on each others trip news since we parted on the pass.However after a great dinner and a hilarious Swiss wrestling lesson on the street during which I nearly wet myself laughing, we didn't get to the Bee until nearly 9 and Ziv and Yael had left. Anna was there though, with a very drunk, untidy and over-friendly Englishman named Adam. We left fairly quickly, as Adam was in danger of his eye being inadvertently pierced with a swizzle stick - and went to find the Hotel Memory. Talked our way through the steel shutter and knocked on Z & Y's door. So good to see them - we all sat on their bed and swapped stories and made plans to have dinner together tonight at the Steakhouse at 7.

  Today has been really warm; I left B asleep and went getting-lost-but-in-the-right-general-direction walking, looking for the Post Office so that everyone gets their postcards before we get home! I was actually very surprised when about an hour later I came upon it. I felt very efficient! After that I just headed towards home. I was walking past a Primary School - a longish, 3 roomed building in a fenced-off yard - and the kids started calling out to me. I stopped at the fence and said hello and one tiny girl with huge eyes came out and held my pinky finger, leading me into the school yard. Miss Amritsa was their teacher and she welcomed me into the classroom. The children pushed me onto a bench at the front of the class then all sat down at their desks and sang me a song! After that the teacher and her assistant disappeared somewhere and I and the kids entertained each other. One put a tika on my forehead, another pinched my bag, sunnies and camera and were all generally cheeky monkeys. When I said I had to go some of the kids tried to sit on my shoulders, saying no - you sit! A fantastic experience. I've been ordered to come back tomorrow. 

When I got home Brenden was still asleep but he woke up immediately and we went to Raj's to eat brunch. Raj was upstairs trying to get his PC to work - I commiserated with him; my pen wouldn't work. Ah, technology.  After eating we went and booked our bus (luxury coach, air-con, no extra passengers) to Kat and a horse ride up to the Peace Stupa tomorrow.  If we're back early enough we'll take a taxi to the markets. Our last day will be spent lazing and swimming out in the middle of the lake! We leave for Kathmandu on the 8th.

On the way back we stopped at a place that had an ice-cream sign, but the cupboard was bare. Shortly after we passed a pharmacy so I went in and told about my gut. As soon as I saw him go for something called 'bactotip' my confidence increased. He also gave me ciprofloxin which I recognised from researching this trip, tinizadole and something to ease the burning in the gut too, all for 580r.
  I've had a sleep now; it's 5.30pm and I actually feel better already. We're meeting Ziv and Yael at Everest Steak house for goodbye dinner.

Things to google:

-Swiss wrestling
-Israeli army; pay - do people re-enrol?
-what's the hardest language to learn?
-Current Everest success v death ratio
-stupa's, gompa's, prayer wheels & little rock towers
-Tibetan singing bowls
-the double up dice in backgammom
-Ghorka army and knives 
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