We’ve had a brilliant week in Kathmandu – it’s gone so quickly! After our long weekend of sightseeing, we settled down to the business of planning and booking everything for our trip and shopping! We had decided to send a parcel home that needed filling, and a long list of things that we’d need thanks to the Lonely Planet’s trekking guide. We are now kitted out with all the recommended antibiotics and first aid items that we will hopefully not need! I still can’t get over how easy it is to buy medicine here, even though everything is clearly printed prescription only, all we had to do was show the lists in our guide book with what we wanted.
Kathmandu really has been such a relief after India – I’ve happily walked around and spent hours in bookshops, chatting to people which I really wouldn’t have felt comfortable doing without Rob in Delhi. Everyone is so friendly too, and we’ve made friends with the Singing Bowl Man, the Post Guy (who wants us to come for tea when we’ve finished our trek) and my favourite – the almost-mute bookshop owner who just smiles and knows his books! We feel fully rested and over the air-conditioning colds Delhi left us with and the nasty cough Varanasi was kind enough to share – a week of books and walking and amazing food is apparently all you need!
We also had an lovely trip to Patan for Dhal Bhat with the Landladies. We took the netbook to show them recent photos of everyone and Rob had a great time bonding with Shanti over IT! Our lunch was absolutely amazing, and we will hopefully be going back to see them once more when we return from Pokhara.
We are just about to do our final packing before a very early start tomorrow – It’s both exciting to be finally heading to the big mountains, and also a little scary as I really am not sure what to expect from the journey – hopefully won’t get travel sick!
We may not have internet for a long while now, as unsure about the situation at our hotel in Pokhara, and will definitely be off the radar from Monday onwards when we start our trekking adventure. So this is goodbye for now, and we will return in early October, hopefully with lots of amazing photos and stories to share.