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!