The third week has been a very a busy one at the office. Peak season makes everyone at the office run around like chickens. Not headless chickens tho cause everyone knows exactly what he is doing making the office smooth like clockwork.
This week no outside the office trips as a tour guide for me but a busy one behind my desk.I updated the booking system and more specifically the itineraries to the latest up-to-date information to apply sales people and customers with valid information on the various hiking and trekking trips.
I am kind of starting to feel myself as a local.The people in the neighborhood and the ones in the restaurants and bars I go to start to recognize me and begin to chat very now and then. Especially the ones at the laundry service seem to become ‘local friends’ not to mention the people at the gym and the grocery store. I am a real attraction for the locals at the gym and most of them dare to approach for some chit chat…..where are you from, what are you doing here, do you like Nepal are random questions.
So nothing exiting this week.I live an office life working weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm and I also work on Sunday. Saturday is the only day off in High Season.
Stomach was still a little sensitive to food. No spicy and local food for me this week. A great diet tho, lost 3 kg in the last week J but it is not worth the trouble!
Hanna, my teacher went back to Finland on Tuesday morning and she left me some useful supplies for an upcoming trekking trip. She was happy to see that I adapted to the Kathmandu life and I was a part of the work force.
Tuesday in Kathmandu a strike was announced. No public transport, no motorbikes or cars allowed on the streets and most shops were supposed to stay closed for three days, starting wednesday. No commotion however in the office, completely opposite to what I expected. All people in the office drive motorbikes and not being allowed to drive it makes it impossible to get there since public transport is not driving either.
And it is not the police or something that does not allow you, it’s the people on strike and if they go mad they pull you off your bike, set it on fire leaving you with a few punches.
But I guess most Nepali are so used to this that some of them actualy disobeyed the non traffic rule, drove their bikes and worked happily without noticing anything.
The area where the office is a better one anyway and for most people around there no reason for a strike. Not to far from the office tho the riot police came to action and therefor some co-workers had to take a huge detour not to end up in that riot.
Funny enough tourist transports are allowed and without any traffic it minimized the amount driving from one Highlight to another.Kathmandu was exceptionally quiet and way less polluted this day. A great side effect For me it was time to get a haircut and off I went to a local barber.Spending the equivalent of just €2.5 he did a great job and even gave me a head massage.
Close to where I found the barber, the company I work for is building this beautiful, traditional Newari style hotel with 36 rooms that is supposed to be opened in September this year. Our boss introduced us to his new hotel and showed us around on the construction site. I cannot wait to see it fully operational. A good reason to come back one day.
Friday we headed for another night in Thamel. Sudeep, one of my Nepali co-worker, the brand manager for RMT passed a university test. Reason enough for celebrations. On a side step: I have to admit I am impressed. Some of them go to school from 6 to 9 or 10 before going to work. Man these guys make intense days.
We started at the Funky Buddha. It was new place to me. It was a really cool place and there is playing good music. Dance and trance combined with a bit of lounge. I guess you need to be in the mood for that and after the snack and a few drinks it was time for good old rock at the Reggae Bar. Good company and great music. The Nepali called it a day at midnight but my Dutch roommate and I decided it was no time to go yet and had a few more drinks before heading home. At least that was the plan but walking home we encountered a few lovely French girls my roommate met the night before and they convinced us (Oh yeah, they had to try really hard….NOT) to go with them to the Factory, a club in Thamel which left us with a perfect night again.
Saturday we decided again to take it slow, because we had hangover. First we go to the dinner and after that we go to the swimming and taking the sun.
Let’s see what’s great and new next week.
Tours |Apr 10, 2015
My second week in Kathmandu; My early steps as a tour guide though not to far from Kathmandu, I went to pickup new travelers from Finland at the Airport. There, I met Hanna, my teacher who is traveling in Nepal at the moment.
Trekking |Jun 28, 2023
Undho Undho jaada hun’, said the young shepherd who was in his early 20’s, after he shared his Pilot cigarette and had a few chat with us. We didn’t ask his name, but did ask how many sheep he had. He said that those weren’t his sheep and that he doesn’t plan to stay in Mugu for long.
Tours |Jun 12, 2023
You can view this statue of the once-famous king, a statue with the earliest Licchavi inscription ever found here, in the stone sculpture room at the National Museum in Chauni, Kathmandu. You may also observe many other ancient artifacts at this museum, making it worth a visit
Women Empowerment |Mar 2, 2016
The recipe, or say secret recipe, for a healthy family, and for a successful community is to trust, empower, and enhance the skills of women/housewives.
Tours |Jun 19, 2023
I am sitting in a quaint restaurant at five in the morning trying to put on paper my varied impressions of a little hamlet called Hile in eastern Nepal, 13 kilometers from Dhankuta, and a four-hour drive from Dharan.
Nepal |Jun 21, 2023
Today, no tourist worth his salt goes back home without having at least one such meal, and some day, probably, some experts will no doubt tout the simple daal, bhaat, and tarkari as one of the most well balanced meals ever, and
Wildlife |Jun 29, 2023
“Chances of meeting a tiger here are pretty good,” said my guide, Santa Chowdhary, as we sat under the tree, facing across the river. It was 40 degrees and the sweat was pouring off us. I wondered at my sanity and how true the saying was about mad English(wo)men out in the midday sun.
Nepal |May 3, 2017
Every year Panauti celebrates the Navadurga Jatra, the festival of Nine Durgas, which falls – normally – during the end of April or beginning of May.
Trekking |May 22, 2014
It is not for nothing that the name ‘Sherpa’ has become a brand name signifying anything and anyone that is brave, hardy, trustworthy, and enduring.
Nepal |Sep 18, 2022
Participating in any of festivals in Nepal is an engaging way to learn about the culture and religions, as well as to meet local people. They often bring people out to public spaces for celebrations and include feasts and special foods, as well as important traditional ceremonies.
Tibet |Apr 15, 2014
Your travel to Tibet is not complete without a visit to the vast region known as Kham, home to the legendary Khampa warriors of yore.