Hello from Nepal!
After being up for 26 hours Chris and I finally managed to get to our hotel! The airport was minimal, we waited for ages to get our bags. Slowly becoming more panicy that there were less and less people waiting for bags. The baggage belt was full of Tvs, hifis and other elecrtrical equipment. Apprently the Nepalise don't like to travel light. The flight from Doha to Kathmandu was a bit mental too, full of people not really concentrating on the hostess telling them to do up their seatbelt! They clapped when the plane landed- always a confidence booster! Aeroplane food was god awful too, on our first flight they offered us a scrambeled egg and pepper wrap/roll thing. It was disgusting. Although the first flight, Heathrow to Doha was practically empty! They were so many seats free that we could have set up a bed in the middle seats. Instead we watched a lot of films and tv!
When we arrived at Kathmandu we had arranged a taxi pick up to takeus to our hotel. The taxi was tiny! With me + chris +the man from the hotel + his friend + the driver and finally Chris and my very large bags it was a massive squeeze. And then we hit Kathmandu's rush hour traffic! There was a lot of beeping going on, for no paticular reason. People didn't move out of the way when they did beep, so i was slightly confused as to why they were all beeping! Even now I can hear the distant beeping of mopeds and small taxis. That and many different birds chirping happily in the nice heat!
Our hotel is nice, we went into our and room and they told us the electricity was going to turn off in half hour because of the generator. Apparently Kathmandu is currently in a seven month drought which means water and electricity are scarce. Turned out the lights went off, the head torches came on and then suddenyl the room lights came back on again and we had electricty in the room! Yey! We settled down to bed at about 8pm and there were many tears from me, being stupidly home sick. Chris gave me a cuddle, told me everything is going to be ok, and I was crying because I had been up for 26 hours. And would you believe it- he was right! 14 hours sleep later (interrupted by a club nearby playing loud indian music and dogs woofing) I feel a bit better. Although jet lag is still affecting me!
We are just researching what to do in the Thamel area we are in, so I had better be off to do some research. Our tour starts tomorrow afternoon where we will be travelling to another area of Nepal on monday afternoon.
Miss you all squillions and love you all a muchos amount. (Dad- I apologise is my grammar and spelling are off, I am still very sleepy!)
Tally and Christoph xxxxxx