Doctor Who?

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Flag of Nepal  , Gandakī Zone,
Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dan is still ill, we decided enough was enough and Pols and I marched downstairs to ask the hotel to call a doctor. Someone was called and the phone passed over to Polly.  When he asked what nationality she was we started to question the status of said doctor.  On finding out we were English he quickly appeared, saying he will accompany us to our room.  ON walking up the stairs I asked him what his name was. "Doctor Who?" I asked, this question was  brushed aside by the smart looking chap in a suit.  He then approached Dan in bed and took his pulse proclaiming “Not pure!”.  At that point he admitted he was not actually a doctor but in fact the hotel manager!  He said we would need to pay money if we wanted the real deal.  Of course we said yes please immediately and sure enough a far more qualified chap arrived promptly.  Dan was keen to show the Doc his glowing green number twos but the doctor did not see his duty stretching this far.  His bill of only £4 confirmed that this was asking too much.  He diagnosed Dan with severe dehydration, cold diarrhoea and acid burn (along with other illnesses).  Lots of pills were prescribed but still 2 days later Dan is wiped out in bed.  Either he really likes Nepal television or he is really struggling (the latter unfortunately).  

We reluctantly left Dan and went for a good hike to the Pokhara Peace Pagoda which had been looking down on us all week.  The beautiful white dome looks serene in the morning sun and the views back down over the lake were reportedly unbeatable.  The walk was pretty tough, up through Sal forest (Sal is a tree of the Himalayan foothills) following rocky paths.  Half way up Alan discovered that he had dropped his glasses whilst removing his jumper. Back down the hill I went, the first time I have had a good sprint for months.  I met two local boys and a Spanish couple who joined me in the hunt.  Very quickly they were found by the younger of the two boys.  Earlier he had hassled us for a KitKat, now I felt I should give him some money to go and buy said KitKat.  The Spanish couple were excellent company climbing back up the path which we had earlier passed.  They had been living in Exeter in order to learn English.  They had worked in a Nepalese orphanage and were on their way to South America.  Our shared interest in athletics made it a flat out chat.  To add to the entertainment we were joined by a local dog who enjoyed chasing monkeys up trees.  At the top, sweaty and puffed out, we took in the wonderful views.  And then it was down.  Down, down, down to reach the lake and a boat back to Lakeside strip.  The afternoon was spent lazing around in Moondance Café, our newly claimed local.  We were lucky enough to finally get a table at The Lemon Tree for supper and had a great meal, complete with open fire, candlelight and moody background music.  All very good.
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the spanish couple!! on

thank you very much for your comments about us!!!!!
remember that we are from Catalonia, near Spain :)
we are in argentina since 4 weeks ago and all are very nice, but the country is very very big!!!!
Enjoy your trip!

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