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Friday, May 11, 2001
Katmandu, Nepal
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Katmandu, Nepal:
Latitude: 27° 42' 53" North
Longitude: 85° 17' 25" East
Altitude: 4610 feet
From Seattle: 8447 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Kathmandu Guest House

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Today's Travel:
Country: Nepal
Region: Katmandu Valley
Weather: Overcast / Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1492
Linear Dist: 277282
Countries Visited: 76
Regions Visited: 289
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Hotels: 616
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 133
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4636
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Journal Entry:
The power failed around nine and without the white noise it was too loud to sleep any more. I went to Just Juice for breakfast, but no power meant no shakes or coffee so I moved on to the Pezel Bakery for a couple salad rolls. As I was finishing breakfast I ran into Chrissie and Nir and made arrangements to go with them to lunch. I went by the tour office and signed up and paid for an eight day Tibet tour - leaving on the nineteenth. Chrissie, Nir, and I had a great lunch of momos (both veggie and buff) at a little Nepali whole-in-the-wall restaurant. Not only was it good, but it was cheap - all three of us ate lunch for less than $1. I picked up the passport photos I had shot yesterday. I wandered in to a travel agent to look into the flight to Bangkok and then decided to go ahead and book it. I'm better at making decisions once I have an over all plan - so I leave Katmandu on the 29th of May. The power was still out, so I went on a search for an internet place with a generator and then spent a couple hours on the net.

I didn't have anything planned for the afternoon and the weather had improved, so I decided to go for a walk. I headed for Durbar Square, but the goal was to find my way on all new roads and I was hoping to get lost. I managed to get lost for a little while, but eventually found the square - though somehow I managed to come to it from nearly 180 degrees off where I'd expect to come from. After wandering around I got discouraged by the high number of tourists - not sure if there are more of us all of a sudden, or that the numbers have just started to bother me. Walked back (again by a mostly new route, though this time I paid attention to direction so I was never at a risk of getting lost).

Back at the guesthouse I settled down in the courtyard to read and have a beer. After pizza I was going to go see a video, but my stomach started to hurt (right as my food was delivered) and I decided I didn't want to be stuck somewhere for two hours. Ended up staying up very late with minor tummy problems, but at least I managed to finish my book.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Katmandu
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Nepal
CIA - The World Factbook: Nepal

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