Trip Start Jul 05, 2005
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The immortal beauty of the Lhasa valley was flooded with clouds as we ascend up and then we emerge above a sea of white separating the infinite blue sky. 20 minutes into the flight, serrated pyramidal knives, pierce the clouds and reach for the heavens. The himalayas are revealing their marvelous awsome grandeur to me. it was like a desert of white and the downie Pyramids of Egypt stand alone beyond description, at eye-level with our plane.
another 20minutes later. The captain makes an announcement. WE ARE PASSING EVEREST. the passengers all limber over to the right side, peering out the windows
Arriving in KAthmandu. the visa procedure. haha what a lesson in oriental beaurocracy. i get my 60day visa. i am beaming. i get 70USD exchanged to 4580RUPEES, i am shining. i meet my new friend, hop on a bus with a bunch of Japanese tourists and off we go into the great unknown of Nepal. Here before i get too far, i wanna say something about the general vibe i got from the airport all the way to this crowded netbar i am in now. EVERYTHING COMES WITH A PRICE. when we left the airport, there wasnt any security check at all. no metal detectors, no gaurds actually at the gates. amazing.
I get to the parkinglot and its like, "phew, wipe the sweat from my brow, take a deep breath and make a prayer cuz this place is by far, the most overwhelming scene i has ever been thrown into. As the bus goes down the street, dark-skin soldiers in camo, carrying huge ass machine guns. these guys are stationed 500m apart all the way down the streets. IN CASE YOU DONT KNOW, NEPAL IS IN THE MIDST OF A REVOLUTION. A FEW MONTHS AGO THE KING HAD A COUP AGAINST THE MILITARist REBEL LEADERS
ok i kinda blew my 10USD budget today, but hey! i gotta look like a Native, and i need to test the waters before diving in. ok thats all for today, my first day in Nepal. Check out my pics.