All Change Please!

Trip Start Dec 30, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Again apologies for the silence.  As most of you will, but some of you won’t know there has been another tumultuous chapter added to “The Unpredictable Life of Emma Brakes aged 30 ”.  Having informed the Board of Directors that I would be leaving Nepal at the end of the year (that’s right, 9 months notice) they decided that this was not long enough and would therefore not pay for my student visa.  I’m not going to bitch and moan too much here, what is done is done.  All I will say is that it would have been nice to have been told this was a 2 year contract before selling every last thing I own and moving 4000 miles away from everyone I know.
As you can imagine the last couple of weeks have been a little stressful.  Left halfway round the world jobless and homeless I suddenly had some pretty big decisions to make.  The short version is, tomorrow I am going trekking for 12 days, then I am going to hang out in Pokhara at the orphanage where I worked last year, then on the 28th May I am flying to China.  Kev will be joining me in China mid June and then we are coming overland to London…on the train!  I will be back at the beginning of August.
All very exciting but not exactly what I hoped to be doing with the rest of the year, and I am left feeling a little foolish, a little lost and a whole lot out of pocket!  On the plus side though there looks like there is going to be a war this weekend (Dad, extraction team at the ready!!).  That may have been a little melodramatic, but there is a huge protest planned for the 1st, and at the moment the Maoists are calling for a general strike to follow from the second until the government steps down.  The rumours are that a million people are coming in from the countryside in preparation for Saturday, and there have already been  a few scuffles in the city, one of which I unfortunately got caught up in on Monday.  Nothing that some swift running in the other direction, flipflops in hands, didn’t fix….but I am pretty glad to be getting into the hills and away from trouble tomorrow.
So goodbye for a few days, I am off to Langtang National Park which is the closest part of the Himalayas to Kathmandu, still a 9 hour bus ride tomorrow though.  Should have some nice pics for you all when I get back. x
Oh yeah, that parcel finally arrives. 2.5 months door to door!  Some welcome goodies inside though :-)

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