Thursday, May 6, 2010

Back to Pokhara and Kathmandu

Pokhara is a beautiful city with lake and superb views to Annapurna range mountains. It has more quiet athmosphere than Kathmandu and is a very pleasent place to rest and relax. The extra day at Pokhara went rowing on the lake, taking the sun and walking around numerous trekking shops.

On wednesday 28.4 took the minivan and had 5 hours bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Part of the drive travelled on the roof of the bus with the backpacks. The sun was shining and it was warm. At every police check posts we were commanded from the roof back to inside the minivan, but when the bus was out of sight of the polices we went back to the roof.

Kathmandu was as chaotic as before and two days at this capital is just enough for me. The harmony and quiet of the mountains is as far as you can get at Kathmandu. There's noise, traffic, pollution, people, smells, garbage, shops, animals so much that you can just barely tolerate it.

At Tribhuvan airport at Kathmandu chaos continues. Flights are cancelled and people are trying to squeeze themselves through the officials, who control the entrance to the airport. It takes at least half an hour before we manage to push ourselves into the area, where we can do the check-in for the flight.

2000, 2003, 2006 and 2010 has been the years in Nepal for me. The trekking route this year was exactly the same as in my first trek at 2000. It feels like one circle has now closed within these 10 years and this could have been my last trip to Nepal.

But as Forrest Gump said: "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get".

Goodbye Nepal, perhaps we see each others after 10 or 20 years...

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