Lovely locals

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Today I decided to leave Kathmandu for a couple of days. I was not sure exactly where I wanted to go. I finally opted for Mulkharka which is village development committee in Okhaldhunga District in the Sagarmatha Zone of mid-eastern Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 3719 living in 596 individual households.

I got on the bus and it only took us about an hour but the bus only stopped at Sundarijal which is where the road actually stops. To get to Mulkharka, you have to walk for about an hour.

It was therefore best for me to stay overnight in Sundarijal and walk in the morning. Finding a "hotel" was a little tricky at first as I will learn later that there is only one in the village.

I had stopped at the side view hotel and the waiter there told me that a room was 800Rps. When I got back down to the village, I saw a hotel sign. The guy told me the rooms were about 10mins walk away and that the rooms were 500Rps. It turns out it was the same hotel I'd been to earlier - There are never any set prices here :-)

We walked through the woods to get there and the guy showed me the “room”. It was more like a shack with no electricity or hot water and I knew it would be freezing during the night but I agreed to take it for 400Rps. He said he would put electricity for me but didn’t in the end.

I dropped my stuff and went to have a drink at a local shop. The shop was owned by a mother and her daughter. As I was sitting down, the mother invited me into the back of their shop to watch TV with them - it was absolutely surreal. They wanted me to put on what I wanted so I was there watching the Premier league goals from the weekend in the middle of the mountains in the back of a shop with a Nepalese family. The daughter had a little kid and her husband is away at the moment as he works in the army. They were so lovely it’s untrue.

I went outside for a cigarette where I met a lot of local kids who were playing outside. I went back to the hotel to get some food and then made my way back to the shop.  To my disappointment, all the kids had already gone to bed. I stayed with the family for a couple of hours - it was a bit tricky to communicate at times but it was so nice to meet locals.

I went back to the hotel fairly early - 9pm - listened to some music before facing a very cold night. The temperatures probably went down to 2˚C but as I had 2 jackets, 3 T-shirts, a pair of jeans, socks and my shoes on it was not too bad actually!!
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