Asia | Nepal | Kathmandu Valley | Kathmandu – They have maryland cookies!!!
The Taj Mahal was amazing. Really cool. Totally packed though. Really weird because you can go anywhere. Back home they cordon off everything, well there you can sit where you want and touch what you want.
Had to leg it back to the hotel to pick up my stuff so I could catch the bus to Tundla. Had to get very firm with my driver though, as he had “This amazing place” he wanted to show me. Very cunning. first he ascertained the time of my train, then when I refused to see his place on the grounds that I was in a rush, he could then inform me that I still had over an hour and it would only take 5 minutes. No go.
Why did I listen to the guy at the hotel. Tundla train station has to be the biggest dump I’ve ever seen and I had over 3 hours to kill here. Ugh!!!
Picked my way over the jumble of sleeping bodies lying sprawled on the station floor and parked myself in a corner with a book, trying to ignore the usual stares and whispering, and globs of saliva landing at my feet.
Finally got on the train where I slept for more than 2 hours for the first time in 4 days.
Got to Gorakpur and bought my ticket to Kathmandu. yay!!! I was on my way out of India!!! First part of the journey was the bus to the border. There was no room left inside so they made me and these 3 really cool South African guys sit on the roof. way cool. much better than the inside, okay, nearly fell off a couple of times and kept getting smashed by trees but was a total 4 hour blast.
Then got to Nepal, and had to pay for my visa in us dollars, so I changed money but they wouldn’t accept it coz the note was crumpled, then I got another one, which they wouldnt take because there was a tear in it. Basically they made me go back to India 3 times to get a proper note. Then there weren’t any, so after over an hour, thankfully this Aussie couple loaned me the money. Very picky, so I missed my connection to Kathmandu. then had to get a bus to some place god knows where. and they made me ride on top again. getting quite used to it now. then had to take the overnight to here. It was awful. The seats go back so far that you have to kneel, or keep your knees around your ears, and you couldn’t put your legs in the aisle as there were so many people. 12 hr journey and never been so cramped in my life, and kept having to stop for military checks while they made sure none of us were Maoists. Very cool being a tourist as I was the only one who didn’t have to keep getting off the bus and getting all my bags checked. So had arguably the best and the worst bus trips of my life in the space of 5 hours.
I feel like I’ve been travelling for days, probably because I have been, but here now,finally.
Yay, they have Maryland cookies here and lindt chocolate and steak and alcohol. What more does a person need?
Crawled off the bus, headed for Thamel, then spent the next 2 hours trying to find a place to stay. If I’m spending the next week here I want to be comfortable. Finally found a place, then dumped my bags and had a long overdue shower. Clean again!!!!
Then headed for what LP said was a breakfast heaven and had what I said I never would, a steak breakfast. d’you know the last time I had meat? Yum!!!!!
I love Kathmandu already. they have honey smacks as well. I can’t believe how different this place is to India. and e/one’s so friendly
talk about a drug problem. if I wanted to I could be the proud possessor of coke, crack, heroin, hash and e. all offered within the space of 150m