Day 3: Thamel

Trip Start May 20, 2008
Trip End Aug 19, 2008

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Hotel Potala

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Stan, Norman, Guy Who Owns The Hut, and Girl Whose Name I Forgot all left the hotel early for a four day trek through the southern jungle, won't be seeing them again until at least Monday.  We "slept in" till about 8ish, though I woke up early to stroll around and explore the area. I cut the stroll short 'cause a rickshaw took an interest in my wallet and wouldn't stop following me around offering me an overpriced tour.

Upon wake-up and yummy breakfast, we left for the central bus park, bound for Monkey Temple. The station was a nutty, crowded, insane place, and it took about a dozen shouts of "monkey temple!" until we were finally pointed toward the right bus. The only way to tell where a bus is going, even for the locals, is by asking a guy who sort of dangles out the door as it drives along shouting it's destination to pedestrians. Fun stuff. I spaced out on the bus ride admiring the pretty sights, and was caught off guard when our stop came up. In the hectic rush to get off in time, I absentmindedly stuffed my camera into me open pocket without wrapping its chord around my finger. Strangely (soon not so strangely), a random dude idled by the bus door for no reason and completely blocked my exit. I was like "Dude, move it!," shoved him out of the way, and got off the bus. My camera was no longer in my pocket. Of all the things that could have gone wrong, losing a camera I didn't pay for & a day's worth of pictures to (I assume) pickpockets was pretty low on the list, so I was only slightly bummed. The insurance will cover buying a new camera, so all is good.

My fingers grow tired... umm the monkey temple was awesome 'cause it was surrounded by monkeys and had a great view, I got a SIM card & cell # soon after though lack a way to charge my phone, we spent a long time walking around the city afterward, were followed home by two cute little girls giggle-begging us to buy them honey, and passed by many marijuana plants growing along the side of the road. They grow wild here like an actual weed. Upon getting home, I played with my new siblings, taught them how to open the puzzle box (the littlest one got it in record quick time), great funniness ensued, etc etc yadda good day pickpockets aside, yippy, gotta go now. And the blog is finally up to date. I think I'll post a new entry every morning around 7am local time, -13/14h LA time. I hope everyone back home is having a grand ole time! Feel free to send me messages, I'll read em eventually...
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