Day One in Kathmandu and all is well

July 29, 2009 at 2:00 pm 1 comment

Touchdown – Kathmandu.

We finally arrived in Kathmandu from Bangkok on Monday afternoon  and as we walked down the stairs of the plane into the sultry, damp air were greeted by a torrential downpour that signified the beginning of the rainy season.  Now you might correctly wonder why would we would be here with our bikes at this time of year. But to fair the monsoon was  an occcurance  which most people had thought was going to pass Nepal by this year and more than once have been told in surprised tones that really it wasn’t going to happen and we are sorry you  are going to get so wet .

Undaunted by our wet welcome, we faced our first experience of Sub continental beuracracy. For over two hours we watched an awe inspiring display by three  immigration officials in the art of ego boosting self importance and the imposition false authority . That said I have always been a fan of people doing what ever they do well. These guys  were masters of doing things the slowest way possible and you couldn’t help but admire them for that.

Formalities over we got a taxi,bikes and all, to our hotel, and were pleasantly surprised by our salubrious surroundings when we got there.

In the back of a neali taxi bikes and all

In the back of a neali taxi bikes and all

Our afternoon consisted mainly of wandering the back streets of Thamel ( the tourist quarter), getting my boots fixed by a little guy sitting on the side of the street, warding of hawkers and indulging in Everest beer, the local beer with possibiby the coolest label anywhere in the world. An obscene amount of Momo’s were duly inhaled, enveloping us all with a real  sense of happiness descended  and with the Cycle for Change project had officially begun.

The girls unpacking the bikes in trepadation

The girls unpacking the bikes in trepadation

At night we got down to the serious business of unpacking the bikes and seeing what damage had been done in transit. To our eternal surprise all three bikes were in perfect condition except for the curious case of two missing screws and it was generally agreed that the cycling gods have been kind to us so far and things are looking good for this crazy little adventure we are on.

What a great day. I am loving this place already inspite of the rain and we can’t wait  for the rest of the trip.

Main street, Thamel, Kathmandu.

Main street, Thamel, Kathmandu.

Three in a rickshaw, the poor driver really earnt his money on this trip.

Three in a rickshaw, the poor driver really earnt his money on this trip.

Everest Beer - What a fine welcome to Nepal.

Everest Beer - What a fine welcome to Nepal.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Terry  |  August 6, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Amanda,

    Please contact the office regarding Insto photography ASAP…!!!!!

    Only joking : )

    Enjoy and keep up the great work.

    speak soon

    The Re gang

    Reply

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