30 hours without sleep...
12.02.2011 23 °C
Okay, so after an amazing time in Varanasi we departed for the over night train to Gorakpur and our 1st class cabin. We have become pros at working the indian rail system without assistance!! Get in! So we enter our carriage which I would best describe as a prison cell with bunkbeds, mirror and drinks holder but nethertheless it has a bolt on the door so we are looking forward to a goodnights sleep... How could we be so stupid, we have no blankets delivered, so our silk liners are our only source of warmth along with our gloves. We lay huddled in balls trying to sleep eventually opting for curling up together for body heat but this fails to work... we fear phnewmonia will set in. All in all a horrible experience but we arrive safe and sound in Gorakpur managing to find the local bus to Sonauli which costs us a mear 60 rupees the equivilant of 80p. So we are bumbling along some hardcore rap playing through the iPod's having a relatively nice time with our bags safely beside us. We seem to have mastered the bag situation everything is neatly in freezer bags all sorted for easy access but some major bruises on Blins hips. We get dropped at a random town and told to walk down the road to the border so off we treck, imediatley being hounded left right and centre by sales men, nepalise money exchangers, rickshaw drivers offering directions and to take our bags for us when we can clearly see a big sign saying 'Welcome to Nepal' about 200 meters ahead. We do however spot the immigration 'table' on the side of the road so get our passports stamped and fill in our leaving cards with ease. Then it was just a straight wonder across to the nepalise counter to purchase our visas and discover we need to visit the indian embassy in Kathmandu otherwise will not be able to fly back into India to get to Thailand which would have been a total palava... More money to spend however on nothing!! We meet a girl from Israel who is pretty knowledgable on Nepal and is heading to Pokhara by bus so tag along... Our journey starts amongst 29 people to be precise in a landrover with our bags on the roof, to then get stopped by the Nepalise Gurkas and have all our bags searched before getting onto the actual bus which is parked our of town (this minor detail was never mentioned to us) After 8 hours overheating, snacking on crisps, listening to Eminem, erratic driving and women with dreadful BO and no sleep we arrive in pokhara. Not to mention the weird creepy boys who keep asking us If we are married as they hop on the bus at various stops, needless to say both of our boyfriends are now coming to visit us next week and Blin actually already has a child back in England. We also have to endure Lord of the Dance on repeat down the speakers with a sitar player hanging out at the front who is half playing along and half singing, we wanted to die! We experience some pro bartering from Gail from israel and a free taxi down to the lakeside which was nice. However Blin's bag gets slung on top with the driver insistings it's fine. Blin makes it very clear that it is not and hops up on the roof with her chain! (thank you very much Nick, it is coming in handy for many things, sooo versatile!) Bearing in mind it is now 9 at night and we have not slept for around 30 hours we find ourselves a hotel and don't care that they horrendously over charged us, all we want is sleep... The fact there is no electricity, hot water and the bed is definitley not clean does not seem to bother us untill we woke this morning. We quickly depart in search of a better place to stay stopping off for full English breakfasts on the way, nepalise style. The lonely planet guide book or the holy Grail as we now refer to finds us the most amazing hotel which is spotless, has hot water and wifi and is cheap! What more could you want?! They are doing my laundry for a small charge aswell, Blins clothes are airing around the room currently after their deodorant blitz! Lol. Basically in heaven after the hotel experiences we have had in India apart from the Hilton. Nepal is by far our favourite place we have been to so far, Pokahara is beautiful, calm and clean which is lovely in comparison to India, we've both decided that we wont be making a return trip there any time soon but we did have an amazing experience! Today has consisted of a lakeside walk (we are staying away from trekking) a great deal of shopping buying worthless things we think are good deals! :-/ who wouldn't want a t-shirt saying 'top of the world -everest Nepal' with a picture of everest embroided on and hand made coasters are definitely the operative thing to have along with Blins watch that doesn't really like to tell the time. Blin's new money saving tactic is trading her belongings for Tibetan goods, she has managed to acquire a womens wedding ring and i have been asked to take any clothes to her shop to exchange for jewellery before I leave. Her shop is a rucksack on the lackside with very good deals. I have decided this means a bad deal and upon stating this managed to get a bracelet for bargain prices! Hilarious but all in the fun of travelling! To add to our love of Nepal there was a Bryan Adams tribute band with a mosh pit in the street and the night clubs of Pokhara are blaring 50 cent so we are rather in the party mood, especially after my attempt at having a cocktail which was so strong we were both nearly on the floor after 2 sips. We feel it will be safer to continue with the tea and sprite! Back at the room keeping you all updated we are somewhat disturbed by an animal noise at our window that appears to be making the curtain move. Using the torch due to a power cut I quickly establish there is a beetle trying to break into our room whilst Blin assists by slamming the window shut into it. We now have squashed beetle outside our room which is not lovely but we should both be awarded points for our manly handling of such a traumatic experience. Blin is currently waiting for more hot water ... as she has since we were at the Hilton which is rather ming but I seem to have stolen all the hot water before she gets a chance on the 2 times I have showered since the luxurious start to our vacation. Hopefully we shall both be rather cleaner tomorrow in time for our 2pm paragliding session! We therefore would both like to say how much we love you all even if you only happen to be casualy glancing at this detailed description of the recent events of our travels. Also anyone with a phone compatible with whatsapp or skype please add us or download it!
Much love Gaby
P.S Nepal seems to have a love of power cuts so this has only been posted now despite being written last night.