Asia | Nepal | Kathmandu Valley | Kathmandu – Stuck in Kathmandu
Its been nearly a week now that Ive been stuck in Kathmandu
I guess I’m pretty unlucky, we’re caught up in the worst protests for a very long time (Im sure youve seen it all on the news) and we’re totally stuck in the guesthouse. It’s mad seeing things going on from the roof top, soldiers shooting tear gas and protesters throwing stones, theres been a lot of violence and quite a few deaths and the situation seem to be getting worse and worse.
My biggest problem is that I’m so bored and I feel I’m totally wasting my time. We can’t do anything at all here, there are curfews every day, pretty much all day long with only a couple of hours allowed out to buy a few things or go for a meal, we just drink every night and smoke a lot which is just NOT what I came here for. Yesterday we decided to ignore the curfew and walk around a bit, it was absolutely mad, the normally crowded streets of Kathmandu are totally deserted during the curfews and all the shops and restaurants are closed. Therere lots of armed policemen and soldiers and the occasional car with a big sign saying tourists only. Weve been trying to get to Chiwan National park for days but every day we hear the same news: More curfews, no busses and lots of violence.
The thing is, up in the mountains where my placement is supposed to be, it’s totally safe but there are no busses running. I’m so desperate to get out of Kathmandu now though that I decided with the head of the NGO that I’ll WALK up to Syabrubensi. It’ll be safe, i’m going with another volunteer from Australia and a guide and a porter. Nobody wants to harm tourists here, in fact they try to protect us wherever we go. So I’ll be leaving tomorrow morning at 7am and it’ll take us about 4 days to walk up there.
I just want to get out of this polluted city and see the mountains and start the job I came here to do.
I guess that’ll be the end of this diary, there’ll be no internet cafes at all… in fact they don’t even have electicity most of the time.
Wish me luck :o)