Cut It Like Beckham
Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
45Trip End Aug 01, 2006
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First thing first the next morning was to book our flight to Lukla to start our Base Camp trek. Next thing next was to amuse ourselves with funny haircuts. We dragged Aru with us to the barber and, when the guy had no idea what a mohawk was, we had Aru translate the specifics into Nepali. The hawks turned out quite nice but at the end they were so befuddled that they had a hard time deciding what to charge and ultimately left it to us to decide. Believe it or not, long-time and loyal readers, this shenanigan was actually hatched by Ryan. I was more than game because I couldn't back at the Lair during the summer due to my Aerospace job starting soon. The idea is now that I cut it off by the fall, but it's kind of growing on me, especially paired with the mountain beard ...
We walked by the King's Palace right next to Thamel, the tourist district, and I tried to imagine what the scene had been like just two weeks earlier when pro-democracy demonstrators there shut down the country with the Janaandolan and nearly caused us to reconsider whether visiting Nepal might still be a possibility at all
Getting ahold of the internet again, we finally settles on our New Delhi-Mumbai-Dubai-Moscow tickets (as prices had gone up $70 since just that morning!) and had a spirited yet ultimately disappointing search for a proper ATM (trying to obtain a cash cushion should the possibility of Maoist rebel robbery become reality) before heading back home for an all-nighter simultaneously watching movies (In Good Company-American Wedding-Awful Paintball Movie) while packing, considering each pound carefully as we still didn't know whether we'd be hiring a porter or guide for the trek. Three hours of sleep in and it was off to the airport the next morning, ready or not!
Moral of the Story: Add mohawk to monkey on the list of awesome in any language.