About 5:30am it was time to fill up again on the free food & drink, seeing as we were supposed to leave the Oryx Lounge at 6am. Once fed and watered it was back into the normal waiting areas with the rest of the cattle. So for the next couple of hours until our gate opened we walked around Duty Free (again), watched some planes take off and land, then just sit and watch the world go by. Also laughing at the people who would run to the gate as soon as it was opened (seeing as you still wait for at least 20 minutes before they may lead you to the plane it is a bit daft and your seat number is already booked), then you get the ones that turn up just as the gate is about to close and they don’t look embaressed or apologies.
Once finally on the plane I was out for the count, only awaking for the food then had another snooze. Awaking 30 minutes before landing in
It was then out side to fight your way through the guys wanting to carry your bags till we found the manager of the Trekking Company we were using, thankfully there he was with a big smile and his car. For the next 20 minutes we make our way through the busy roads and streets of
Finally we arrived at our Hotel the
Once refreshed it was out into the streets for a little bit to explore. As most of the hotels used by trekkers are in Thamal you find a lot of outdoor clothing and equipment shops, selling top brands but a little cheaper than you’d find at home (in theory you could arrive with no gear and get it all in Kathmandu for your trekking trip, though it is a good idea to already have your boots as you needed to have walked them in). So after a walk around looking at this and that, plus avoiding people trying to sell you one thing or another, we made our way back to the hotel, only getting a little lost once..
Back at the hotel it was chill time in the garden with a cold drink and try and decide what to have from the menu. We ended choosing things from the Nepali set menu with a little help from the waiter trying to explain what each dish was, which we completely forgot what we had picked when we sat down to eat..
The first dishes arrived, a steaming hot soup (still no idea what it was) tasted nice though, I suspect there was a some chili peppers in it, also came some cold pieces of potatoes mixed with something. We each bite into the potatoes and thought
“That’s nice, can’t quite put my finger on what the flavor is”
then it was
“oh my God ! My tongue is on fire!!!!”, with our eyes streaming with tears.
Even though this was setting light to our mouths all we could do is laugh our heads off, use the soup to ease the heat, then stupidly eat more potato (gave the waiters some entertainment that I know). Thankfully our mouths survived the onslaught and all the next dishes were nice but lacking in the super kick of the first dishes..
As it had been a long journey just to get this far, it was back to our room to do a quick unpack, dad briefly laid on his bed and 2 seconds later all I can hear is huge snoring, it is then while unpacking I discovered my earplugs where missing..
“Noooooooooo !!!” (found them on the floor at my Dads when we got home)