Kathmandu part deux

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

We took our twin otter plane back to Kathmandu today and after watching half a dozen take off I was really scared.  The planes roll down the very short run way and drop off the end, the thought of my stomach dropping made me feel sick.  We had a slight delay but one of the other pilots told us our plane was on it's way so we knew we wouldn’t have to wait too long.  When it did arrive and all the passengers got off we boarded pretty much straight away.  They have a really quick turn around here; it’s like getting on and off a bus.  The take off wasn’t too bad the plane took off before it made it to the edge of the runway much to my pleasure and we were back in Kathmandu in half an hour.

I can’t tell you how good it felt to be back in our hotel room.  First thing was a hot shower and a god wash then we carted three bags of clothes to the laundrette along with a peg!  We found a great small restaurant called Mhito which served us the best food at really good prices so we went to have breakfast which I am happy to say did not include porridge.  After eating porridge for three weeks it was great to get fried eggs on toast.  We spent a lot of time relaxing, watching movies so the following day we decided to get out and do some sightseeing.  We walked to the embassy to extend our visas which was hilarious.  If you can imagine four people behind a counter with absolutely nothing on the desk, nothing to do, looking very bored.  We when we applied for the extension we were told we could come back 6 hours late (didn’t want to as it took us 1 hour to get there) or pay more to express it through, so we paid the more money to put it to the top of their nonexistent pile of visas.  Once we did that then one of the people behind the desk started work on it.  I couldn’t believe it.  How would it take four people with nothing to do 6 hours to do it in the first place?  I asked the guy can they not do it now for normal price, in simple the answer was "No".  This is a typical example how tourists are shafted everywhere they go.  This year in Nepal it is 'Year of the Tourist’ and their aim is to get 1 million tourists into the country this year. Haha


We followed Lonely Planet’s advice in the afternoon, no not to wear a condom, but to visit The Monkey Temple “A must See” they say, so we thought ok let’s do it!  We had to climb up hundreds of steps to visit the much photographed stupa and as we did we passed to monkeys.  When we did eventually get to the top it was full of beggars, stray dogs and rubbish, we did get great views over Kathmandu and we did get to see the supa but was it worth climbing hundreds of steps for?  Probably not.  We paid an entry free and saw no sight as to where it was being spent.....maybe dog food for the strays!  We cheered ourselves up by making another visit to Mitho’s before retiring to the bedroom again.



Before we got in a rut we decided to book the bus out of Kathmandu to Pokhara where wedecided to head to Chitwan National Park to do a safari.  I was struggling to get motivated to do another two week trek after finishing a three week one.  Justin managed to motivate me by treating me to some jewellery as a well done for not winging too much whilst trekking gift.  That night we had a few beers and a curry then watched a band that was great, they played ACDC well into the early hours of the morning.
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