Mountain race

Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
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Trip End Jul 27, 2011


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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pokhara is a lot more relaxed than Kathmandu, at least close by Phewa lake where we are staying. Prices are for the most part lower. That does not go for tours, but I am just being cheap, watching my budget. For any regular traveler, everything here is peanuts. 

We only have two short days and one night here. Not enough for any trekking. You need a minimum of 4 days to make that worth it. I don't have any regrets about this, listening to stories of frozen water pipes and negative degrees without heaters at night. One day I might do it. Just so I can say I did. So we just check out some local sights. And on the second day, I convince myself that getting up at 4.30am will be worth it to watch the sun rise over the Anapurna range.

It is my 4th scheduled sun rise, 1st in the mountains, 6th overall. Not to be a party pooper - Shaista loved it and couldn't get enough of it, so don't take my word. But I decided (again) that my early morning sleep is much more beautiful than any sunrise I planned to see. Save the one in Kappadokia. The ones I didn't plan for and just happened to be up for, I loved very much (i.e. strolling around Istanbul waking up). So this confirms, what I already knew: I am not easily impressed by mountains. They are nice enough, but I cannot relate to the amazement other people seem to be in. Other sights do that for me. As an example, I got really emotional at Boudhanath temple (see last entry), even though most might not find that as special. Of course, the flight over the Himalayas was beautiful and impressive even to me old overtraveled grump (refer back to last entry for pix as well).

At the Peace Pagoda, I very much enjoy the view from the Stupa (Buddhist version of a temple, usually a white dome-y structure in Nepal) on top of a hill overlooking Lake Phewa, Pokhara and the Anapurna range.

It is a short stay and shortly after 4pm, we are already on our way back to KTM. Our trusted driver is a wannabe race driver. On the way in, I had to scream at him in fear so he would slow down and not take all the crazy maneuvers. Overtaking in curves, not filing back in, even though cars and motorcycles were meters away in front of us and driving at breakneck speed when on one side you have a big gutter and mountain wall, on the other a drop into beautiful valleys, all the while dodging pedestrians, bicycles, every imaginable other vehicle and oncoming traffic, I couldn't stand it. On the way back, we discover that there is method to this apparently chaotic driving, so I feel much more comfortable. For example, if a bus puts on its blinker, it doesn't mean, it is about to overtake. It is a sign that the road ahead is clear and you can go ahead to overtake the bus. Despite getting used to this terrifying drive, I would recommend flights over cars and buses. They are quite affordable (if you are not on a budget like me), take only half an hour and if something happens, it will be much more quick and pain free I am sure. 

Back in Kathmandu, we find Manu to be much better, thankfully. Shaista is leaving the next day, while Manu and I have two more days, before we all meet again in Bangkok. Off to new adventures.....

Namaste!
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Beautiful pictures!! You look so cute with your parka freezen in Nepal, just as the snowman, ja, ja!! Well, in a few days you will be melting at Bangkok.

Enjoy southeast asia, probably the nicest people of your trip, Sawasdee!!

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