Nepal Day 6… Kathmandu…

Made it to Kathmandu…

There is something magical about the Himalayas… When I was on the plane, there was so much excitement when the mountain range came into view…

I was lucky enough to get to sit on the right side of the plane lol… Got a nice shot of some peaks rising above the clouds 🙂

… After I landed, I was stranded at the airport for an hour… When I finally was able to contact my driver, I found out that he was waiting ‘in line’ for fuel…

imageApparently the Nepalese have to wait 3 days in line for fuel… Fuel was expected today, before I arrived, but was late… So then he had to find another car to pick me up

The situation is not good… But for tourists, the country is making all the necessary precautions to keep the industry running…

Even the custom officer was thanking me so much for visiting the country…

Tourism has been dropping – first because of the recent earthquake, then because of the fuel crisis… It’s really devastating the economy…

From what I understand, the earthquake damaged a supply route from China, so Nepal had to turn to India for fuel… But India is not happy with their constitution…

imageWhen the British partitioned India, it was done in haste… And from what I have been reading, the borders were created by a Lawyer, not someone who was familiar with the ethic groups – especially along the border of India and Nepal….

There is a group along the border who in Nepal, have ties with India – but the new constitution restricts this…

I’ve already spoke to a few people on the political situation here… As soon as I get my head wrapped around it, I will make sense….

… I’m spending the night with a Nepalese family here in Kathmandu (they keep reminding me about this traditional home cooked meal, we will be having tonight 🙂

imageTomorrow I have an early morning flight to Lukla, where the trek will start (apparently this airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world)… If I get a good seat, I’ll try to film the landing lol

I’m expecting to get to base camp around Christmas Eve in 8 days… I’m trying to fast track this ‘excursion’ so I can spend more time doing yoga in Benares 🙂

I’m only at 1,500m in elevation… By the time I get to base camp, I will have risen another 4,000m

The view on the way there, is apparently spectacular

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