Well here we are on our final night in Nepal!
Tomorrow morning we fly off to Bhadrapur near the Indian border and then we have to travel to Kakarbhitta and then across into India again and heading towards Darjeeling.
On the subject of flying internally in Nepal. There are a few local airlines, Buddha Air, Cosmic Air and Yeti Air. We will be flying with Yeti. But wouldn't it be funny if you booked your ticket for Yeti Air only to arrive at the airport and just find some mysterious tyre tracks on the tarmac instead of an actual plane? And do you think Buddha Air have a loyalty scheme like Airmiles but Karmamiles? And would Cosmic Air just be a little too close to the edge?
Royal Nepali Airlines have one 747 in their 'fleet' and last year after weeks of mechanical problems that could not be fixed they decided to take the pragmatic approach and sacrifice 2 goats to see if that would fix the problem. The only problem was that someone took a photo of it happening and it caused the airline much ridiculing. We aren't sure if the mechanical problems were fixed but we're sure it bought a whole lot of PR problems instead.
We spent the evening at K-Too stocking up on meat before we hit India again, no more burgers and steaks for us, its back to Dal Makhani and naan bread for us (probably lose a few pounds as well :-))
We did manage to celebrate Queens day in Kathmandu, unfortunately our bus was too late for us to catch the flea market at the embassy, but an enterprising bar in Thamel was decked out in red, white, blue and orange. We had Oranjebitter and bitterballen and felt almost at home, the 5 other Dutch people in Kathmandu also came along as well so Paul actually got to speak some Dutch for a change - which was nice for him as I think he is forgetting how to speak it ;-)
We visited Patan yesterday and spent a couple of hours in the Palace Museum which is well worth a visit (as is the restaurant at the back). And there was a horrific thunderstorm which sent all the open windows and doors in the hotel slamming and banging around. This was shortly followed by.... surprise surprise..... a powercut. But the lightning was amazing and the thunder was cracking right above the town - quite a show.
Thats all from Nepal (at the moment), will catch up with you all when we get to Darjeeling and to the dizzy temperatures of 25 c - bliss
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