11/24/09 – 11/25/09: Kathmandu, Nepal
There’s an unstoppable force heading toward the streets of Kathmandu, and Zhou and I (more specifically just me) were one day from being part of the problem, not the solution.
That’s right, you too can soon fly thousands of miles to an incredibly cheap city and overpay for food that you can get a block from your house. But if you do, bring your Sunday’s finest to wear, as today’s soft opening was attended only by important businessmen and what I can only assume were famous Nepali celebrities. The Colonel’s food here is only for the big wigs (not the big pigs…), as it appeared to cost about three times as much as the local cuisine.
Speaking of unstoppable forces, we were told that after spending several days over 3,500 meters that we would feel like Superman when we returned to a lower elevation (“the altitude of the common folk”). Since our trek though, we have felt quite the opposite. All we want to do each day is eat and sleep and sit in motionless positions. (It just occurred to me that perhaps in other countries this is what Superman does!) It has gotten so bad that today we moved rooms from the third floor of our hotel to the first to limit the number of steps we climb. (Ok, our computer also reaches the wireless down here so we’ve been able to update the blog.)
Perhaps one of the reasons we spend a lot of our day waiting for our next meal is that the food has been so good here in the city. I really haven’t been able to get enough of the momos, chowmein, naan, cinnamon rolls, chocolate croissants, falafel wraps and everything else we’ve discovered around Thamel (the backpacker district in Kathmandu).
On a slightly related topic, here’s one of the conversations Zhou and I had that stemmed from my new-found compulsion to eat every last bit of our meals:
My reaction to Zhou passing me the remains of her roast chicken (not from KFC).
“You know picking the scraps off chicken bones is not my specialty.”
“Like it is your brother’s?”
“Yes, and that’s his only specialty.”
A half-second silence, just enough for me to possibly switch topics, possibly stay on the same – you be the judge.
“You know, I’ve been thinking of adding a ‘Thought of the Day’ section to the blog. I have so many great thoughts in my head but they all seem to be lost on you.”
There you have it. As long as I keep having thoughts (and keep remembering to write them down), we’ll post them above the Picture of the Day so they can be shared with the world.
Thought of the Day: A good drink can really be ruined by a poorly constructed straw.
Picture of the Day: 76 days since my last haircut and 21 days since my last shave, I finally bit the bullet. Whew knew straight-edge shaving was so easy?