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bus trip to Kathmandu

overcast 12 °C

Of course it had to be epic.
The trip from darjeeling to the border went perfectly, going through immigration was fine and a dude comes to sell us bus tickets for kathmandu in the immigration office telling us that we should hurry up to by tickets because the last bus leaves in an hour.So we tell him to call his agency and to book 5 tickets .The other guys i was travelling with stopped half way in a national park .So at their destination stop they got out of the bus and then everybody in the bus looks at me has they see that i am not going down with them .so i ask them if there is a problem and they are just surprised that i am travelling alone then a guy asks me where i am going and i say kathmandu he says oh then you have to change bus in a a few hours.
By that time we had been in the bus for 10 hours and it was freezing and impossible to sleep because of the bumps on the road .And yet we got lucky because the bus wasn't full and i got to lay my legs on my seat.
I manage to sleep for a couple of minute when i'm woken up :''hey sister, sister,we go down here''
But we were not in Kathmandu and i had to change bus .I manage to get some money back from the contractor to pay for the other bus because; i had paid a full fair to the capital,and i had no Nepali currency.
so we wait in the cold with a couple and the wife's brother .I am so greatfull to them and lucky that they were there .
We took a ''micro'' as they call it (it's just a van ) but there wasn't enough space inside for all of us to sit in so we drove for 5kms on the top of the van 5 of us .it was quite an adventure the landscape was amazing a blue river and the mountains.I thought i was going to die of course .They were driving way to fast and i didn't have clothing warm enough for this kind of trip . but anyway we eventually got in the car and drove to kathmandu well not quiet actually .There was a strike and big traffic ahead of us.so we had to get out of the car and walk i was still with the couple and brother they were carrying a baby, a 50kg bag of rice and 2 big bags.
But we made our way throught it and they guided me to get another bus to go to the center and they paid everything for me.
I slep all afternoon i was exausted but i made it .
So now i'm going to eat and have a beer probably.

Posted by jcooke 04:43 Archived in Nepal Tagged bus

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