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Monday, 10th of march 2008

Trisuli centre - Kathmandu

sunny 24 °C

Monday, 10th of March 2008.
Trisuli centre – Kathmandu.

Awake at 07:00. For the last time crossing my favorite hanging bridge.
Breakfast and chatting with Dill.
We went for a short walk with Peter to the Big Fig, where you have a beautiful view of the Trisuli settlement, the river, the mountains. He also showed us the classroom for the Young Leaders and told many funny stories.
Around 11:30 Dill stopped a tourist bus, luggage on the roof and on our way to Kathmandu.
After 40 minutes a coffee stop. We had a tasty cake and ordered Fanta Lemon. There they came up with hot lemon, oh why not, it is only about 26º!
This time it took us 4 hours to get to Kathmandu. A lot of trucks on the road, which slowed our {safe} driver down a lot.
From the stop of the bus we could jump straight away in a taxi, for 200 Rs he took us to the Kathmandu Guesthouse. While loading our luggage in the taxi a holy man came towards me: a flower on my head, a tika on my forehead, blessings and then: baksheesh (money).
On my ‘no baksheesh’ his answer was that I was very lucky to receive this blessing for free.
Until we got into the taxi: money, money, and I guess we got cursed for the rest of our lives!

Checking in at Kathmandu Guesthouse. A great feeling, rest, a bit settled down for the last few days, a nice room, hot (steaming hot) shower.
At the H.E. office it was a great meeting: Toni, Niraj, Dill from the office.

We arranged a half day tour to Boudnath and a Tibetan monastery outside of Kathmandu for Thursday with Kiroj as our guide again.

We were lucky to have a room in the Guesthouse, after us too many people were send away: full.

To Northfield for a drink and something to eat.

I popped in again at H.E. to have a chat with Niraj. Such a great man, kept asking if I was really all OK now. Holding my hand, holding my face.
I informed about a trip to Tibet for next time: very (derai derai) expensive: 1500 Euro!!
Flying to Lasha, then a 10 days trip with a jeep back to Kathmandu.
Reconsidering I came to the conclusion that probably I have to skip Tibet. For the same money I can live 2 months in Nepal!

A bit of reading and lights out. I slept very well, Renske was awake half of the night from the music, the birds and all kind of things I was completely unaware of.

Subha Rathri.

Posted by Sanghita 05:50 Archived in Nepal

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