The title of this blog should be 'Chinese people are mental'! The pied piper of Kathmandu made his early morning rounds, collecting tourists from hotels to hotel which included a gazilion Chinese people (one on an electric unicycle) and two bleary eyed white folk from England. A quick stop at the egg vendor, the cook demanded 250 nrps for an omelette, we laughed in his face and said "you can't be serious", he sniggered and told us "this Chinese price, for you 100 nrps".
Mental Chinese people facts number 1: Chinese people get ripped off for everything.
A combination of bad traffic and a bus driver from Hobbiton (this fellow stopped for second breakfast and elevensies) meant that we arrived at the Trisuli river for our white water rafting adventure over an hour late.
Mental Chinese people fact number 2: Chinese people are hobbits.
Off on our merry way down a grade 3-4 river, me and Jo were put at the front because we were the only ones who could understand English. "Lead by example" he said. "Show the Chinese when to paddle forward " he said.
Mental Chinese people fact number 3: Chinese people CANNOT be led by example.
So with one Chinese guy paddling too fast, another Chinese guy paddling too slow, two Chinese girls not paddling at all and two people from the north of England at the front 'leading by example', we pinballed our way down the Trisuli river to the chorus of eeh aarh (Chinese for one two). All of this only contributed to an afternoon of laughter. Eeh Arrh my arse!
Off the boat and onto a bus where the only vacant seats were next to a pile of regurgitated Dahl bhat on the back seat! A fraught hour from bus to taxi brought us to the beautiful old hillside of Bandipur with its cobbled square, medieval houses and Himalayan views.
Love Bryn x