Threesome in Nepal
Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
86Trip End Jul 27, 2011
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Where I stayed
Elbrus Home Kathmandu
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
And then there were three of us :)
After the first night, we move to another hostel I had looked up earlier. Better deal, more heat and breakfast included. $20 per night for the three of us in a private room. Score!
Kathmandu! How to describe it?! Right from the drive in, Manu and I are loving the vibrant street life, rugged as it is
Crazy traffic; hunking concerts adding to ear-ringing street noise; people wearing face masks against the pollution; glue-sniffing kids picking at each others lice when they are not passed out, lying piled on top of each other and their dogs on the side walk; street dogs and cows sleeping in the middle of the sidewalk, unbothered by foot or other traffic; little garbage campfires, also on the sidewalk; smell of inscents and pee; street food that looks alright, but we are told to avoid; vibrant life; friendly,smiley people, asking you where you are from at every corner; rikshas, cars, motorcycles, dogs and more all sharing the street with pedestrians; signage jungles making streets indistinguishable from each other; tasty momos (dumplings, similar to perogies); nowhere to eat after 9pm; heaters are a major challenge to negotiate for rooms and usually cost extra; sheets that don't look washed; police men with rifles; cows in front of temples and buffalos on menues; toilet paper seems scarce, hot or at least warm water is also not guaranteed; travelers looking more ragged than elsewhere; beautiful mountain views; prayer flags; Tibetan monks; Ayurvedic massage parlours; Hindu and Buddhist shrines and temples; pigeons everywhere; 7 hours of daily power outage, random, not scheduled; painfully slow internet; pashminas, silk and yak shawls everywhere; painted, fake yogis (Sadhus = holy men) wanting $ for pictures; What a FASCINATING place
Verdict for me is that minus the cold rooms and constant "where are you from?" I love it!
Day one we just organize ourselves. Day two we take a day trip to surrounding sights. See the many pictures I managed to load for impressions of those. The previous night's dinner did not agree with my tummy, so I can't keep any food down for one day. With a day delay, we treat Shaista (and ourselves) to a Spa evening for her birthday. Day three, I sleep in and rest up while Manu and Shaista get up with the birds to catch a mountain sunset in Nagarkot. Then on the 4th day, we take a flight over the Himalayas and I decide that maybe I can be impressed by some mountains after all. Unfortunately, Manu comes down with a kidney infection and is bed-bound for the next few days. After consulting with my dad, I feel ok leaving her behind in KTM, while Shaista and I take off to Pokhara. By now, I am the only healthy one as Shaista has come down with a cold. Aren't we a bunch of invalids.