Last 2 days in Nepal, til next time

Trip Start Sep 13, 2009
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Trip End Oct 14, 2009


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Where I stayed
The Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, South Kathmandu
What I did
Vegged out, explored a bit

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Last full day! I woke up at 7:07 as usual, read for a bit then got up. Am now downstairs waiting for brekky. Dipak is coming at12.30 to take us to Park Village. I've even got all my stuff packed and sitting on my bed; B is still asleep. I've just been pondering and realised that the ghosts of the past here have all been friendly - no sad emotions, just fond memories.
11.45. My pack and the new suitcase are downstairs, the bill is paid - ah, here's Brendo. Azwil has just walked in so now they're setting up their last game of chess. Azwil knits while he plays but at present can't find his needles. Soon we'll be off to the Resort, where we'll laze by the pool all afternoon, alternating frollicking with reading. The frollicking will involve minor exertion only. 
 We spent an hour and a half this morning having a wander and a sit around in the Square; got a bit cranky once with a guy who walked up and decided that he'd be our guide  (I'd made the mistake of getting out a map to check out temple names). We were sitting on the fourth big step up on some temple steps and he stood on the one in front of us and argued that we shouldn't want to just sit and watch, we needed to KNOW! We were interested in any stories he may have had but didn't want to be guided around, of course. He was very drunk and I couldn't hear half of what he was saying because of the music blaring through the speakers in the square. This went on for some time until I pointed up at the larger temple and the people sitting peacefully up there and said "Look at them! That's what we want to do - we're LEAVING in 45 minutes!!" Brenden put his two bobs worth in which prompted Drunken Guide Expert to lecture him on anger! Another interesting person, anyway. After he went away it was reasonably quiet, as far as the square is. 

What I've seen on people's backs: 
A fridge
Cages of chickens
3 large backpacks - easily 40kg or more
Corrugated iron
Tins of food
An old lady

 
Tuesday 13/10/09, Park Village Resort.

This place is gorgeous! When we got here yesterday we sadly said goodbye to Dipak and wished he and his young wife (she runs a shop) and family well, then dumped our packs in the room - TV, wooden furniture, tiled bathroom - and went straight to the pool then lay in the sun reading and sipping a Long Island Iced Tea - mmmmmmmm - and a coke. It rained though but we stuck it out by the pool until it was ridiculous to stay...it really wasn't that warm, either-had we been in Australia there's no way we would've swum!
Several more Iced Teas ensued, dinner, then we hopped into our beds and watched Pursuit of Happyness followed by South Park.

This morning I got up just after 7 and went for a walk. The grounds here are beautiful with many different trees, shrubs and birds. Places to practice yoga, pray - both Buddhist and Hindu - and meditate. Horses, all bar one unfortunately not all that well cared for - well, by my standards, anyway. Thin, feet fairly unkept and one had saddle-sores. We had a buffet brekky with alot of men staying at the resort for a conference; fruit, muesli and curd, croissants, chicken sausages and boiled eggs; lots of tea. Now we are laughing our heads off watching Everybody Loves Raymond, which followed Friends. I'm glad we did this, it won't be so hard to get back into the swing of Western life....maybe....

1.45pm - our plane is meant to take off at 1.50 and we are still waiting to board. Ah well, less time to wait in Bangkok. Very thirsty though, we've abandoned our water bottles. WE'RE GOING HOME!!!
7.30pm - here we are sitting in Burger King in Bangkok airport....who'da thunk we'd have walked 125 km's since we last sat here?
We are going to produce a Reality TV show called Really Bored In Transit. Losers don't get voted off, they have to stay.
We've walked down to our gate and a guy we met in the waiting room at Kathmandu is here. His name is Pavin and he's been back in Nepal for his dads' funeral. he is taking his mum back to Australia to stay with he, his wife and his 3 month old son for 6 months. 

More Things I Forgot To Write About:

- that in trying to call Monumental Paradise in Kathmandu from our hotel in Pokhara, I called a female Nepali Minister. The guys at the desk at the Mandala laughed for 10 minutes; I did not live it down.

- Heinz constantly strengthening a point by swearing and sounding like Arnold Schwarzenegger....fook-in HELLLLLLLL!

- Brenden laughing hysterically after reading the sign on Thorung La - it says "See you again" - he reckons NEVER.

- getting a large sore on my back from a bit of my pack sticking out. Brenden put a sanitary pad on it, but it fell off. I treated it with John's Sea Minerals, and eventually figured out how to poke the offending bit of pack back into place.

- the funniest of all; Brenden; a well-mannered, humorous and polite youngster, getting sick of being accosted on Freak Street to buy pot and shouting at the guy "FUCK OFF I'm only 14!!!!

Wed 14/10/09 - 45 minutes to go!! I'm so excited! I love my wide brown land.....got quite a bit of sleep - B got none.

Games Scores

Chess: B - 17  J - O                         Backgammon:  B - 2       J - 11
   B - 0    Sylvia-1
   B - 1    Ziv - 3 & a draw
   B - 0    Shakov - 2 
   B - 1    Heinz - 0
   B - 0    Azwil - 2             Hang The Butcher: Too bizarre to score

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