Day 9: Alan Lee's Croissants

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

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Not much happened on Friday. Woke up, ate breakfast, stopped at the orphanage but all the kids were in school, then just chilled around theVSN office for a bit trying & failing to upload some more pictures. I returned home around 3 to attend a big family event in honor of one of the brothers getting a job only to find that Sudip was about four hours off the mark when telling me the party's start time. Druba , Owner of The Hut ("Droobs ") and I were set to go into Thamel for the night around 4 to arrange the trekking trip, so I regrettably couldn't attend the shindig after all . Most of the family was present as I was packing to leave though, so I just gave my congratulations then. They also all flooded my room to... watch me pack? I guess? They all kind of just stood there and stared, the only instance so far where their kindness and curiosity made me uncomfortable, especially the brother the shindig was thrown for. Like, I brought him a half liter of Coke as a gift, and he began worshiping me & enthusiastically dividing the bottle up among the whole family in little shot-sized glasses, toasting as if it were some fine expensive American liquor. Coca-Cola Corp would be proud.

Droobs took me into town shortly thereafter to arrange a Trekking guide via his brother at a very speeeccciaal price! Special price! Discounted! I tell him you a volunteer! He give good guide! Good pryice! It actually was a very good deal and included lodging, food etc, so I didn't reject. Droobs is a pretty well traveled man, he told me tales of his journeys to Bangladesh, Thailand, every corner of Europe etc, all to play golf. He really likes to golf. He's also trying to turn the Hut into some sort of NGO local economic development business, though I didn't quite understand what this new NGO's role in the community would be or how the Hut could be turned into one. Still, moire power to him, Droobs is definitely quite the ableentrepreneur from everything I can tell about him. We met up with Norman and Melissa following the trek arranging, and the rest of the night went on in low key fashion. Norman told me some epic tales of his days working with Peter Jackson. Apparently Alan Lee, LOTR's geriatric-gingivitis art designer, was quite the pimp and could always be seen successfully courting a harem of ladies with croissants. Norman did his best to compete, but alas his best was never enough. This hour or two sharing funny stories over beer was to be the (likely) last time I'll ever see Norman. I shall miss his big bushy beard dearly. :(

-----Vital Signs-----
Mosquito Bites = 13
Athlete's Foot = 1
Time Elapsed Since Last Opportunity to Shower = 0 Days :)
Clif Bars Remaining = 0/8
% of Wallet Depleted = 231%
Tibetans Freed = 0/2.5mil
Maoist Insurgencies Thwarted = 0
Sunburns = 4
Bad Sunburns = 1
Food Poisonings = 0
Happiness Meter = 91%
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