Guns Don't Kill People, Kathmandu
Trip Start Jan 20, 2012
31Trip End Jan 12, 2017
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Initially, I chilled for a couple of days and visited the main part Thamel with some friends, then trying to book a fruitless journey to Tibet. I decided to leave my stuff with the guy while going to Thorong La Pass in the Himalayas, Annapurna circuit (to be posted) and then headed off to find my permits. In all costing me around $50 I was ready for the bus to Besi Sahar the next day. That evening I went with some travelers for a Dahl Bat and beer. The cuisine here is very limited, there is Mo Mo which is basically Dim Sum from China and Dahl Bat is just an extended name from India, so really I cannot give it to the Nepalese for their culinary skills, although they do make a great apple pie and there is a wrap store I have become particularly partial to called "Chick N Falafel", Falafel wrap with chips inside for 175 Nepalese Rupees (1 Pound 35 Pence)
In Nepal I thought the people would be mixed like ice cream and chocolate sauce between Chinese and Indians
During the strikes I stayed in cafes and did not a lot but wait for my visa to India. As Tibet was not an option I took a vote on Facebook which was unanimous although the only votes counted were those from the ones who said YES (George Bush Jr knows what I am talking about). The visa to India takes 5 days and the system is how you would expect from India - Take a ticket fill out this form, wait until 2 p.m. for your number (I was A51), go to the counter to get another form, fill it out and then go to the cash counter pay 300 rupees (non explained charge), wait 5 days with your form and passport, go back, take a ticket, wait until 12 noon for your number (C47), go to the counter, hand in your form, pay money and an extra 250 rupees
(non explained charge), then go away, come back at 5 p.m. to collect your Visa and passport. Whilst waiting in the queue the second time there was an old American dressed in similar to monk garb and a french guy and we started conversing, the old fella said this process might be to check out whether or not the applicant has "Heat" on them, I later found out he had been living in India and Nepal for the last 30 years due to the fact that he was avoiding prison in the United States, I think he was a big dealer in Drugs.