02.06.2007 - 04.06.2007 28 °C
[*]After arriving completely hung over back in Kathmandu in my hotel it felt even more like coming home. It's now the third time I have been here and it is also the place where I stayed longest over all.
Anyway, I had buff momos for breakfast/lunch and went straight to bed as it was still quite early as the flight was very early and I have also gained 2.15 hours again coming back to Nepal.
In the afternoon I started my souvenir shopping, had dinner and spent the rest of the evening on teh Internet. I have quite a few things to sort out before I leave tomorrow. Shopping, shipping stuff home, changing flights, booking accomodation etc.
The next day I started early as I had so much to do and I hope it's all done now. I did loads of shopping, got quotes for shipments, got my tickets etc. Have done quite some exessive shopping and got pretty much everything I wanted. Shipped 14 kilos for $250! Dough!!! Must have been my trecking gear that was so heavy. Tried to book accomodation for Kalkuta and Hanoi but are awaiting confirmations.
Spent a few hours again on the Internet, made a couple of phone calls and bumped into Marko, the English guy from Tibet working for the BBC in White Chapel and had dinner with him. He also mentioned that Eduardo did a great job in looking after me... uppss.. how embarrassing...
Unfortunately my time in Nepal is now over and I was very sad indeed to leave that wonderful country. It has been an amazing month.
I love Kathmandu with it's chaos:
[*]it's dirty, chaotic, loud, dusty and in general messy
[*][list]Cows, goats and dogs are in the middle of the road and no one seems to bother
[*]Nepali are very friendly and nice (with the one exception of Lachba my porter)
[*]They are spitting everywhere they go and one must be careful not to be hit by it while wakling down the road as it is flying everywhere and they also make the most disgusting noise so it seems they are pulling it up all they way from their toes :-) that is one thing I won't be missing
[*]Great shopping and lovely roof terrace restaurants in Kathmandu
[*]The Ganesh Himal Hotel in Kathamandu is the one place where I stayed longest so far and came back 3 times in total. It's the places that felt closest to home on this trip.
[*]I have met two wonderful guys that I had a fabulous time with and hopefully stay friends with and I am still amazed that it all worked out so well
[*]The Everest Base Camp Treck was certainly one of my highlights. Nothing I have ever done compares to it. 14 days trecking in fantastic scenary, the physical exercise, the altitude and to see how your body reacts to it and eventually making it to Base Camp enjoying the German Apple Pie and also Khala Patar, seeing the Himalaya Range including the top of the world ,the highest mountain, completely being pushed to my limits and beyond.
[*]Bad experience: being robbed but it still could have been worse and I still understand that Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and we Westerners are extremely rich compared to them and therefore a constant temptation....
[*]If I would go back I would like to see/do: Annapurna circuit (18 day treck) , Chitwan National Park, Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara etc, Buddha's birth place and white water rafting
[*]Shiva said Nepal stands for :