Day 23: Taxi Strike
Trip Start May 20, 2008
77Trip End Aug 19, 2008
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I hopped on the next bus back to central Kathmandu, got completely lost again, gave up and hired a taxi. While I was disoriented, I still had a general sense of the direction we should have been heading in and realized weren't going that way. The taxi driver's dicey English made finding out what the heck he was doing a bit tough, but the situation became clear soon enough. He pulled up to a giant high tech fortress and told me "You should get out here." I eyeballed some lettering on the fortress: Embassy of the United States of America. Oh, well then. That isn't foreboding at all. In the embassy (which was a friggin palace btw), I found out that a particularly severe bandh (transport stoppage/protest) was occurring today and that spending a couple hours in its warm womb would be a smart idea, even if twiddling my thumbs was the only available time killer.
After things settled down, I began the long trek back to Pepsikola. With striking taxis still lined up blocking the main roads, my feet were the only means of transit, and not a pleasant means they were. Unable to use the roads, all motorcycle and scooterists were using the sidewalks as de-facto streets instead. No regard for the thousands of pedestrians being forced to traverse them was present. The one or two emergency vehicles that zoomed by did the same, but they have an obvious valid excuse and were driving much more cautiously. After a long three hour walk back home, I collapsed into bed, showered, played with the kids, and called of the day. Funniness occurred at dinner... I complimented Laxmi (host Mom) on her chicken cooking skills and earned snickers from her & Ladina (the Swiss girl.) It was pineapple tree (another Nepali veggie delicacy), not chicken, silly me. So you can add boiled wood to the endless list of things that taste like chicken. Mmm.
ETA to SE Asia = 32 days
ETA to Sir Jeff/Thailand = 44ish days
ETA to Los Angeles = 2 months, 2 days
ETA to San Diego = 2 months, 4 days
Hand Sanitizer Depleted = 70%
Time Elapsed Since Last Opp To Shower = 0 days :)
% of Wallet Depleted = Still don't wanna think about it
Mosquito Bites = 37
Calamine Lotion Depleted = 70%
Yetis Scalped = 5
Food Poisonings = Still 0
Digestive System = Buckling