Arrival in Kathmandu

After endless hours of flights, layovers, and more meals than normal humans would consume in a week, we arrived in a soggy Kathmandu this afternoon. With me were Kirk and Stuart, while David and Cynthia arrived yesterday, making us jealous tonight with their lack of jetlag.

The until-recently-hesitant monsoon decided this week to go headlong into battle with a massive deluge across western Nepal. Floods and landslides have taken more than 20 lives in the western district of Bardiya according to the papers, with more missing. So, this poor area has contended with first a drought and now floods.

Our Sherpa team is waiting things out currently in Nepalgunj as the flights to Simikot have been cancelled thanks to the storms. But, they report that the sun was poking through today, so possibly the storm will abate for a bit. I hope so not so much for us and our plans but rather to ease the struggles of the farmers out west. We'll keep our fingers crossed!

We're off to see the sights of Kathmandu in the morning, visiting the old city of Bhaktapur, the sacred grounds of Pasupatinath, and the massive stupa of Bodhanath. A full and wonderful day it will be!

  1. Mrs. Sloat
    Mrs. SloatAugust 29,06

    I had the most pleasant surprise when I got to work this morning; I had an email from Stuart! I was already in a good mood from having slept like a rock last night. Fred didn’t bark or growl once. I think it is because I left the light on in the basement all night. Mostly this was for my own peace of mind, but, as it turns out, it may have been just the thing. Chiko, the Japanese woman who has been staying with us this summer, said that she had a similar experience with Fred barking and growling all night when Stuart and I were on vacation in June. She thought that maybe there was a mouse. Maybe she is right and by leaving the lights on the mouse stayed outside! Time for Terminex or better yet, the company that has the VW Bugs with the mouse ears on top.
    I’m sitting at the counter in our kitchen. It is cool enough that I have slippers on. The day was warm, maybe even 80, but the nights are getting cold. We are almost to my favorite time of year, Indian Summer. I wonder why we call it that. Maybe my grandmother knows. I’ll see her next weekend.
    I can’t wait to hear about your day in Kathmandu. I’m practicing the words for the day from the itinerary. My co-workers are fascinated.
    Everyone here sends their love along with mine. –Wife of Thrill Seeker

  2. edward norton
    edward nortonSeptember 1,06

    Just a note to say hi to all and have a safe,successful journey. Dad

  3. Lynne Valentine
    Lynne ValentineSeptember 3,06

    So glad to read of your safe arrival in Kathmandu! It was great to read about your day of sightseeing along with the pictures. The sights and sounds all came back to me. Thank you.
    Take care.
    love,
    Lynne

  4. Alice Norton
    Alice NortonSeptember 5,06

    Wow! What an incredible description of the last few days. I could pass on the Terai, but would love to be experiencing the brilliant and beautiful sights, the haunting sounds (those yak bells and yak-herder whistles), and the extraordinary feelings of kindness, peacefulness and happiness that usually prevail in the Himalaya (the Maoists notwithstanding). Continue having a fabulous time. Be safe and know that we send our love and are hanging on every word!

    Aamaji

  5. Wende Valentine
    Wende ValentineSeptember 5,06

    Wow – I have tears in my eyes from reading this beautiful blog…what an incredible experience. We are all living vicariously through your stories and descriptions. I can’t find the link to the audio, but I’ll keep searching. Here’s to an incredible journey!
    Much love from Honduras,
    Wende

  6. Dolly and Reed Schaub
    Dolly and Reed SchaubSeptember 6,06

    Hi Bro,
    Hope you and Stu are having a great time! This website is fantastic – nice job! Take care and stay safe.
    Love,
    Sis

    Meine Bruder,
    Wie gehts? How are your leiderhosen? Looking forward to hoisting a stein upon your arrival stateside. Good luck, good hunting – Reed

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