21.03.2006 26 °C
21st March 5pm.
Namaste! (hello in nepalese)
Surprise surprise! There is internet access here in Kathmandu and its fairly cheap, about 20 rupees an hour which is about 30 cents
Anyways, Kathmandu city is an amazing place. The city itself is surrounded by the towering Himalayas, it really is beautiful. The people are dark skin and looks very much like indians/pakastani/chinese all mixed together. They are nice but I guess they are used to tourists as trekking is or was quite big for a number of decades here until the Moaist insurgence.
The poverty here reminds me of Vietnam but a lot worse. There are kids just wondering the streets trying to sell you stuff, picking up rubbish, or just seemingly lost.The building are old and looks like it will collapse any second. You walk along the markets and there are bulls amongst the crowd, childing playing, contruction workers and anything else you can think of.
Shops here are very small family type businesses. I went into one yesterday and suddenly the lights went off. The owner laughed and said it happens all the time. Great! So he moves all the rugs on display from the widow to let in some light and then continues to talk broken english about how authentic his goods are.
Well, I had dinner last night and the lights went off as well. Was pretty much eating in the dark. It isn't a good thing when you are trying to see if there are any dodgey bits in the food.
I've been pretty much shopping for some more gear for my trek and doing some sightseeing. There is much more to do and a long trek bekkons starting from tomorrow. Its starting to rain now so i better catch one of those rickshaws back to my hotel. Also, I'm feeling quite safe here in the city as there are many guards and army people with machine guns everywhere. However, on the news yesterday they said the Moaist killed 18 army officers... humm... anwyays, i'm ok now and will take extra care when i'm off trekking in the countryside.
till after my trek, seeyas!