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Nepal

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 29 November 2007 | Views [198]

Well, well, well. There are no words - REALLY! We thought Thailand had prepared us.... but alas, it was nowhere near sufficient. 8 hours to Bangkok - 12 hours in the airport trying to sleep on a concrete floor and plastic chairs - 3 hours to Kathmandu and one hairy taxi ride got us here in 24 hours.

There are cows, trash in the streets, beggars, traffic that would shock even the hardest Tasmanian driver ("no mr taxi driver, you cannot drive down that street even though you have tourists in the car - the road has been ripped up for resealing and doesn't exist anymore!." - he tried anyway!), gunshots to clear the birds outside our hotel, and it feels like a foreign army invaded last week because it is so crazy.

We have learnt that they don't even use their own currency, prefering something more stable like US$... I wish we had known THAT before! We were even given the option to tip in Aussie dollars - how nice of them :-)

But we are alive - getlagged and slightly afraid - but alive :-). A short walk from our hotel is the main tourist district so we feel more comfortable here whist getting over the 'culture shock'.

Truly, there are no words to describe it. It can neither be explained or imagined... I think we are going to have a good time :-)

 

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