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First few days in Kathmandu

So first few days were an exciting busy colourful experience in Kathmandu. 

Journey to Delhi was relatively easy, although stupid custom people thought I was Sarah's mother, not a great confidence booster to start the trip! Then typical Sarah lost her ticket which made Delhi airport experience slightly more nerve racking at the thought of not getting our flight!

We landed into Nepal at 9am on October 10th 2015! Sadly our bags had not joined us on the flight because of the fuel crisis. India are putting blockades on fuel and gas to Nepal which meant our luggage was replaced with fuel on the plane. The airport was full of luggage and lost tourists desperstely searching for their bags. So we left the airport and headed to Thamel.

There we met keen Nepal, who was the owner of the hostel we stayed in, buddha gardens. he was very eager to help and had unusually wide eyes to go with it! We started to wonder around Thamel, it was so loud and bustling. The buildings are so high and the streets so thin it felt like we were in a crazy maze, which was apparent due to how many times we got lost! Thamel streets are lined with stalls selling all kinds of beautiful trinkets. Alot of t shirts with 'i love Nepal' and 'Annapurna base camp trek' and 'Everest base camp' hand stitched. 

As well as paintings, colourful scarfs and throws, prayer beads, lanterns, wooden carvings and the standard but awesome hippy clothes! We were quite often followed by the one Albino dude selling us a recorder, but we didn't need to buy and carry anything more...yet!

we stumbled upon a beautiful temple covered in prayer flags and had millions of pigeons. That's one thing we have massively noticed is the huge numbers of pigeons all around Thamel, but with surprisingly little shit on the streets!

Whist in Thamel, we met David, a Canadian travel blogger who enjoyed telling us all his stories, whilst we drifted in and out of actually listening, and also Jamie, a long haired and bearded Aussie dude. We quite often met them in SAMs bar for a drink.

11th october-we got our luggage today, wahoo! It was surprisingly easy, managed to get a free lift to the airport, (would have been so expensive due to the fuel crisis) and were in and out of the airport in 10 minutes with our bags, yeww! 

We tried to walk to the 'Garden of dreams' but got completely lost! Many people tried to help us but gave completely contrasting directions so we were in this maze clueless! And then it started to tip it down with rain so we went to Namaste Cafe and had a tea under shelter, and for now have up on the garden!

 That evening we went to the 'Gharna music festival' and watched classical guitar. I really enjoyed it, the main guy looked like Simon from the inbetweeners so he was entertaining! Sarah basically fell asleep, classical isn't really her thing!

Managed to find an Irish bar showing the world cup so we watched Ireland - France, with a lot of pissed off French people! 

We met some fellow Trekkers, who own a company that does the expeditions to Everest summit. They had some amazing stories, and the Sherpas were apparently famous in Nepal!

On Tuesday 13th we got a bus to Pokhara! Seemed like it would be hard because of the fuel crisis so not many buses were running but luckily we got on one at 6am! The drive was cool, got to see lots more of Nepal, and some of the devastation after the quake. Most of the cities we drove through had millions of cars and bikes lined up awaiting fuel, the cars are so tiny they look like toys.

We immediately loved Pokhara, there is a beautiful lake that surrounds the area and wide open roads and lots of happy healthy looking dogs and cows. We got a cheap room in Otu guesthouse, we're currently paying between 3.50 and 6 dollars a night for rooms. All the rooms have been pretty good, fan, shower, bed, toilet (we blocked one...oops!)

It's much warmer in Pokhara than Kathmandu, but still has little rain showers. It's more open and theres a no horn policy here so it is not as loud with beeps like in Thamel! We had a boozy first night and met some guys who are motorbiking around Nepal. Nepal so far is awesome as we are in the trekking area everyone we have met are about to embark on a journey, or have just finished, so they share our excitement for adventure!

Posted by tessalomas 05:02 Archived in Nepal Tagged hiking lake pokhara sweaty thamel

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