Category: Sights

Vacation -OR- The South

Von admin, 3. April 2009 21:17

Hey guys,

I am writing to you from one of the most antique computers in a long time. There is only one color (flickering yellow) and the keyboard is quite challenging!
Still, I wanted to drop a note that I am very well.

Today, we were exploring the ancient city of Petra in Jordan (where we spend the night, too, before returning to Israel tomorrow afternoon). The pictures we saw of this place before proved to be right: it is really as beautiful and amazing as we thought it is.
Still, we didn’t warm up with Jordan by now. It seems like the country is very rich and therefore not the best place to a budget traveller like us – at least without us speaking Arabic. So we end up paying a load of money towards transportation and entrance fees without getting a lot of it back. What does that mean? For example, we paid a lot for the taxi drive to Petra with our driver constantly falling asleep and us very worried what to do about it – or us paying 30 EUR to see Petra without getting even a plan of the city or anything besides the ticket. While the site is certainly worth all the effort, it still bothers us a little bit. On the other hand we ran into some crazy bedouins in the evening hours, one who was living in Switzerland for a long time and who made for a very sepcial evening. I am still very sad, that I didn’t have had the courage to convince Kathrin to stay with them, as they offered – it might’ve been a special evening. But then, we don’t know and I try not to worry about it any more….

Eilat on the other hand proved to be as crowded as we imagined, but treated us very well anyway.
We stay at a cutle little place (that is a bit too religious), called the shelter and had a great afternoon of relaxing at the Sheraton beach by the red sea. Probably the best treat of that day was our dinner at a chique little restaurant right on the promenade – you could sit out in shorts until late (27C @ 10pm)! Soooo great! :)

Before, we were renting a car again to be able to explore the Negev desert a bit easier. It turned out to be the next best thing!
Wow, what an interesting place. I thought of the Nege as that one big rocky desert but in fact we had everything from sadn dunes to rocks, to mountains, to …. you name it!
Especially great was the peaceful atmosphere we experienced at Sde Boker where I certainly met the nicest people of whole Israel (and also the most beautiful!). We hiked around the Ein Afdat canyon for a bit before we got down to Mitzpe Ramon to explore a huge crater. It certainly didn’t look appealing to us at first sight, but once we got down into the crater itself I was astonned about the landscape. Wow! Honestly, this was one of the nicest hikes I’ve ever taken! I still miss that spot a lot. Maybe, because we had a great night that evening, too. First, we had some tea at a random Beduin tent and then just slept out in the car with NOBODY around. This was a special treat after all, since the whole day was so noisy because the Israeli army uses the Negev as their playground. Therefore you have F16 rushing over your head all the time and pass several tanks and soldiers on the way – thus making the drive even more spectacular for somebody from Germany! ;) But as I said, that mild night out there was a real beauty – I loved it, loved it, loved it.

Before, Witali, my great roomate, and his super-nice aunt took us to Cesarea on Tuesday afternoon which was a real treat, too. I know it seems like I am just in a “I don’t want to leave mood, everything is great” (which IS so true!!) but still, it was very special because of many things. The site is beautiful by itself as it sits right on the sea. Then, the late afternoon sunlight did everything to make it look even more pitoresque. Finally, Witalis aunt was just the sweetest person one can dream of – she just made sure there was nothing we would miss (coffee, dinner, entrance fee, drive, …). Such hospitality is always a great gift and I hope I am able to return all of which I received one day. I guess it is that one real promise I make again and again and hope that I am able to live up to it.

I guess that should do for now since I am way too tired anyway to write more.
Witali should know that he is being missed a lot already (as is my girl home) and I guess I will see most of you sometime around Easter.
At the moment I really don’t want to leae Israel at all(!!), but I guess I have to eventually. Such a shame though!

Wincing the night away,
-me

Gone?! At least a short weekend wrapup :)

Von admin, 29. März 2009 20:09

My dear friends & family,

we will set off to travel the “South” on Tuesday morning I guess and are probably not able to keep you up to date on our trip and status. If we get the chance, I will let you know.

The past days just passed by too fast!
Especially the weekend was kind of overwhelming. On Friday morning we visited the Holocaust museum which I found to be superb, though the pain you feel after walking through was hardly bearable for me. I could’ve cryed for a long time but instead went out to the lovely garden that makes the swicht to the real world a little bit easier.
Then we (Witali & me) went to a hike to St. George Monastery between Jerusalem and Yericho. We got lucky the whole way! First some random Ethopians picked us up and gave us a ride, then we got a free tour in German since the monk living there used to live in Stuttgart and Munich for some time and finally we even managed to catch a free ride back to Jerusalem with a Swedish tourist-group! The hike from the Monastery down to Yericho was just georgues and reaching Yericho at late afternoon the perfect way to end the day. To be honest, this was one of the best moments of my whole trip so far. Even writing about this, I can still feel the warm evening sun on my skin, remember the ice-cream for 2NIS (0,30 EUR) and the peaceful atmosphere (it was SO quiet!).
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho
Jericho Jericho
Joshua fougth the battle of Jericho
And the walls come tumbling down

The next day was spent by myself in Bethlehem, a city wich doesn’t offer a lot of sights, but I found to be very lovely: a cute little market, of course the old church and some really nice neighbourhoods! The one downside of course is the “wall” Israel has build in and around the whole city (8m!) – a real shame and horror, I found.
My brief evening hours in Jerusalem were a great treat again – I don’t think you can ever get enough of this place.

Well, this is it, for now guys. Tomorrow is going to be my last day at work and we”ll see what is on afterwards, because we haven’t planned it yet…..
bye!

Ach ja, ich war ja fassungslos:
- Papst beharrt auf Abtreibungsverbot: http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/papst424.html
- http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/papst420.html
Warum nur? ….

Art museum & beyond

Von admin, 24. März 2009 19:43

Shalom und hallo aus dem Tel Aviver Art Museum.

In meinem Kopf leuchten noch die Bilder von jungen, modernen Tel Aviver Fotografen, einem klasse Miro und anderen (lokalen) Kuenstlern.

Nachtrag: ich war dann abends noch bei einem klassischen Konzert und habe es sehr genossen! Die beste Ausgabe bisher, obwohl ich ganz muede war. Aber irgendwie ist Musik belebend :)

Doch dann habe ich hier in einer sehr ruhigen Buecherei eine sehr laute Tastatur gefunden und nuzte die Gelegenheit um ein paar Zeilen zu tippen, da der Computer bei uns “zu Hause” zunehmend belagert ist.

Das letzte Wochenende haben wir in Ein Gedi verbracht, einer Oase in der Wueste direkt am toten Meer.

Obwohl ich wusste, das es vor Ort nicht viel gibt, war ich dann doch ueberrascht, im Haupt-Touristenort nur einen einzigen Snackpoint neben einem riesigen Parkplatz anzutreffen. Mit einer solchen Unterversorgung hatten wir dann doch nicht gerechnet!

Am Freitag trafen wir das salzige Meer bei starkem Wind an und trauten uns dennoch fuer das obligatorische Foto hinein. So ein Auftrieb ist schon witzig! Schwimmen kann man nicht, das ist am Anfang ganz komisch, aber dann findet man Gefallen daran, sich ganz ohne Arbeit sich treiben zu lassen….. bis einem das Salz in das Gesicht schwappt und vor Augen fuehrt, das es eben zurecht totes Meer heisst, denn es ist nicht des Menschen Freund!

Samstags wollten wir eigentlich den Sonnenaufgang ueber Masada erleben, doch da an Schabbat keine Busse fahren, waren wir darauf angewiesen, das uns jemand morgens um halb vier mitnimmt. Leider kam in der Stunde, die wir an der Strasse standen, nur ein Auto vorbei, sodass wir den Sonnenaufgang ueber unserem Hotel erlebten und wenig spaeter zu einer schweisstreibenden Wanderung aufbrachen, die aber mit einem grossartigen Ausblick und einer engen Schlucht belohnt wurde. Am Ende kuehlten wir uns noch schnell in einem kleinen Pool ab und schon ging es weiter nach Masada, wo wir leider viel zu wenig Zeit hatten!
Um vor Sonnenuntergang wieder in Ein Gedi zu sein, mussten wir uns sputen und schafften es zu einem farbenfrohen Sonnenuntergang zurueck bevor wir den Bus nach Hause nahmen.

Samstag war also ein Tag vollgepackt mit tollen Dingen, aber auch etwas Kraeftezehrend. Waehrend unsere Plaene bisher immer voll aufgingen, hatten wir letztes Wochenende zum ersten Mal den Fall, dass alles anders lief, als gedacht. Vor allem hatte ich etwas Sorge um Kathrins Schwester, die uns dieses Wochenende begleitete und sich ganz auf uns verlassen hatte. Wir 3 sind mittlerweile schon ein eingespieltes Team und immer gut fuer einen Track “off the beaten path” und / oder einen Umweg. Ich hoffe also, liebe Tini, du hast uns nicht ganz verflucht ;) Wir hatten jedenfalls eine gute Zeit!

Dieses Wochenende soll es nun in Richtung West Bank gehen, aber die Shabbat-Ruhe (keine Busse von Freitag Mittag bis Samstag Abend) und die zunehmende Spannung nach einen geplazten Terror-Anschlag, unruhigen Siedlern und einem gefangenen Soldaten machen einem das Leben schwer. Mal sehen, welche Plaene wir umsetzen koennen und wann es hier wie weiter geht.
Montag ist zunaechst unserer letzter Arbeitstag. Juhuu! :)

Es gruesst aus einem sonnigen, aber kalten Tel Aviv,
der Nils

3 Länder Eck

Von admin, 15. März 2009 23:00

Our travels got us to the North this past weekend.
Now, we are back safe.
in this post we will use the power of pictures to show you around. Here we go:

Yehundia NP

Yehundia NP


Bania Waterfalls

Bania Waterfalls

Well, if this wasn’t impressive enough already, we even add one about Sfad. In case you are looking for the full screen resolution, please contact us kindly upon our return to Germany since we couldn’t manage to find laptop to upload our own – impressive – pictures (yet).

Everything else my travelmate Kathrin is about to write to you now:

Ja ,so mogelt sich der Nils gern raus.

Wir hatten ein wunderschoenes Wochenende mit gemietetem Auto, dass uns durch den gesamten Norden kutschiert hat.

Donnerstag morgens gings los, oestlich am See vorbei zum Yehuida National park. Dort sind wir ein paar Stunden durch Baeche, ueber Steine, Leitern, Wiesen etc gekrakselt, was einfach traumhaft war. Zwischendurch ein kleines Bad im Fluss ueberm Wasserfall…

Abends sind wir mit Zwischenstopps in Kirchen am See nach Tsafed gefahren. Das ist eine kleine Stadt am Hang gelegen, mit kleinen Gassen, vielen Synagogen und einer sehr netten Atmosphaere.Eigentlich war die Nacht in der Jugendherberge geplant, aber die wollte uns nicht oeffnen.Also sind wir einem Taxifahrer zu einem Guesthouse gefolgt, wo wir dann viel guenstiger und schoener uebernachtet haben (hab mich verrechnet und deswegen zufaellig den Preis runtergehandelt…)

Am naechstem Tag sind wir einfach viel durch die Gegend gefahren und haben eine Schildkroete getroffen!!!!

Anschliessend haben wir noch einen Blick in den Baias National Park geworfen und einen weiteren Wasserfall bestaunt. Picknick  auf einem Berg mit fantastischem  Blick ueber die Region bevor wir kurz das Skigebiet von Israel durchfahren haben.Danach mit weiteren Stopps hier und da direkt nach Nazareth, wo wir ein sehr schoenes Hostel gefunden haben. Dort konnten wir den Abend mit Shisha und Wein ausklingen lassen.

Samstag haben wir vorallem gegessen, und ein bischen Kirchen angesehen.Ein lustiger Araber versprach uns soviel zu kochen bis wir platzten. Er hat recht behalteund und  den Wurm gabs noch kostenfrei dazu…

Das schoenste an dem Tag war wohl das spontane Schwimmen im Meer im Dunkeln auf dem Rueckweg!

ein einfach fantastisches Wochenende liegt hinter uns und wir wuerden am liebsten gleich wieder zurueck,oder weiterfahren…

Aber Krankenhaus ist ja auch nicht schlecht

The ongoing lovestory of a bride and the sea

Von admin, 10. März 2009 23:00

We were off to the North on our second weekend – and saw more than we  expected to.

We got a fairly early start on Friday and took the train to Haifa where we skipped the beach and headed straight for the German Colony. Considered a beautiful neighborhood / street, we were kind of disappointed. Maybe were are just too used to seeing cute little stone houses at home?
But what a view! The Gardens are Haifas main attraction and certainly a pleasant site to look at. Since most of the Gardens are closed to the public except for a (free) tour, one of us decided to join in. Kathrin & I were fine with having a closer look at a decent portion that was accessible without one.
Me, always drawn to the arts, I checked out the tiny Mane Katz Museum which was a cute little endeavor but nothing to write home about.
Around noon we decided to grab some lunch and head on North a lot earlier than we thought – mainly, because public transportation (which shuts down around 3pm on Friday) was still available to Akko.
So in the end, I think Haifa is a great city that I enjoyed especially for the stunning(!) views on the sea and its many alleys, lined with huge trees on both sides!

Akkos is certainly a place to visit but can be done rather fast, too (the inner city isn’t bigger than 1×1 km). I think it was particularly nice to spend an evening there because it was a special experience to wonder through this touristy place all by yourself with just the locals out and about!
My personal highlight was the stunning view on Haifa as we were hanging out at the old port at night and our visit to a really nice teahouse afterwards.

Then, on Saturday, we managed to get to Rosh HaNicra.
This place claims (lovely) to be all about an ongoing lovestory of a bride and the sea as waves crash into white cliffs. Every shekel you’d have to pay to get inside the caves right at the Lebanese border where worth it (though the commercialism of the place doesn’t seam to go too well with the story its telling!). A really lovely place, tough! Further, we were happy about as much shade as we could as temperatures rose to 31C.
Afterwards, we hung out at the beach and got ourselves a tiny tiny sunburn before hitting the street and catch a train back to Petach Tikva.

What a great weekend :)

Blessed

Von admin, 5. März 2009 23:09

Every time I sit in front of the computer I want to make this a bit more interesting for you – and fail.
What are the reasons? Mostly, I feel a little rushed as there is always people around one wanting to check their email, too. Plus, I so get really tired at night ;)
I’ll promise some more storytelling eventually though.

Anyway, I fell really blessed today because a friend I made in Nepal was taking us out for dinner.
His visit included pick-up service, free tour of the hot spots of Tel Aviv, great ice cream and dinner, detailed insights on Israeli politics and, last but not the least, making me happy just to see him again.
So, Nir, thanks for making this evening very special to me!

We’re off to Haifa first thing tomorrow morning and shall return late on Saturday.
Schalom.

TA 1st time

Von admin, 3. März 2009 23:23

We finally made to downtown TA today. Yeahy!
Of course we were short of time since we didn’t get on the bus until shortly after 4pm and it took longer than we thought to travel there (45min). Anyway, even the sun peaked out for a couple of hours this afternoon and there was nothing to complain about.

The beach looked great and we’re longing to “explore” it soon (the next week is supposed to be warm and sunny). The only problem is sunset: it’s too early!

At the moment the hospital work isn’t anything to write home about (at least for my part) but we have so many things on our “to-do list” that I really wonder how we”ll be able to fit all this into our few days….
Already one can easily imagine to stay here for longer…..
Prices are certainly no cheaper than in Europe (at least with our touristy eyes) but people and atmosphere make you feel at ease and comfort right away. People sitting outside just wondering about…. We want more of that!

@Emails: sorry, but I’m afraid not all of you will get an answer right away! Please bear with me.

1st day

Von admin, 27. Februar 2009 19:26

As I am sitting in our ancient, narrow stone hostel writing these lines to you the rain just pours down outside!

And I really mean it pours. Shoes wet, socks wet – everything got soaked as we explored the old city by foot.
We covered a lot of ground and had an especially nice (and free!) three hour walking tour which included a stop at the Western Wall and much more. Due to the cold and winds we decided to warm up in our beds afterwards before hitting the streets again.
By the end of the day we were both pretty frozen and happy to be back around 7pm without really having looked at any of the great shops lining up at the streets. Such a shame, I know! But one had to look very careful not to slip on these narrow pathways and to find your way through the city.

I guess our plan is to warm up with some soup and tea inside the hostel now and pray for the rain to stop tomorrow (thus making temperature rise, too!).

Arrived

Von admin, 26. Februar 2009 22:53

Dear friends & family,

tonight we arrived in Jerusalem safely. The flight was nothing to write home about but got us here in time (Kathrin war auf Toilette, sodass der Flug bei ihr einen ganz anderen Stellenwert hatte :) ).

Now, we stay at a cute little place called Citadel Hostel right in the old city after having enjoyed a quick walk through the empty city….
Our hostel manager is looking Arabic TV: a story about a suicide bomber – welcome to Israel? At least Security was no issue at all today.

Already this place looks great and I can’t wait to explore it tomorrow.

Pokhara II

Von admin, 5. April 2008 19:45

Namaste.

Do you long for a peaceful setting with good weather in the morning and views of three 8.000m peaks? Then get up early in Pokhara!
I usually miss the great view of those snow capped mountains though. Not because we would get up too late but rather because of bustling Lakeside (the tourist ghetto), where, on my way to breakfast at the other end of tow, I am frequently offered various things such as:
“Wanna smoke?” – teens offering dope
“Sir, snake?” – ‘Fake-Sadhus’ offering to play his flute to bring up a snake
“Sir, small buy? Just looking! Look, look, …” – Nice Tibetan refugee women selling their crafts

Usually one will then find us at the “Laughing Budha”, a restaurant without style, in fact without anything nice to it except price and food. Both get us there around 10 in the morning and we know the whole family by now! It [u]will[/u] be one of the things that I miss. Those greasy but just so well done potatoes, the great bread with jam, the omlette, the big mug of coffee and the banana-topped muesli – all for less than 60cent. Your really feel bad when taking them up on that offer. On the other hand: it’s just so good ;)

The careful reader knows already what life is suddenly all about: food. We pretty much move down the street to grab some tea, a cake, a good dinner. In between we get busy though! Not only with our books that we tend to read at a spot of our pleasure (mine is by the lake) but with some more walking, too.

Yesterday we went to the World Peace Pagoda, a shrine on a hill above the lake and then made our way down again to check out other districts of the city. While Pokhara is big in number of people, it is small in things to do; it is even small in things to look at (except the lake maybe). That way we ended up browsing some shops again and I treated myself with some new things and therefore need to find a bank pretty soon…

All I really want to say through this is that we are doing very well and enjoy life! :)

On other news: Election day is coming closer and we are greeted by loud advertisements of the communist party / Maoists throughout the day. There are flyers on every door that explain on how to vote but still in mock elections people tend to not knowing how it works. Further, 300(!) candidates failed to register properly and one can see from that alone that the first election in Nepal will be everything but easy and rewarding.
The country is a little bit scared on how things might develop right now which is why the current government called for a three-day public holiday and closed down all schools for two weeks straight. The border with India will be sealed for at least three days as well. Those news develop over hours and I kind of hope that they won’t shut down transportation altogether! So far we are told that tourists will be taken care of and for once I am glad to be white and German.
The UN is always present and we can spot more and more vehicles with election observers. More on that in the news (nepalnews.com) and on Matze’s website.

We will continue to Chitwan tomorrow morning at 7am and I pray for temperatures to stay below 30 degree but who knows….

Wish me well on my travels back to Kathmandu!!
I guess I will see you in Germany soon.

Love -me

Pokhara

Von admin, 16. März 2008 21:32

Namaste!

Waehrend meine Freunde in Deutschland anscheinend so spannende Sachen wie 3 Laender und 4 Klimazonen in 4 Tagen machen, freue ich mich schon, wenn ich an einem Tag 200 km heil ueberstehe!
So sind wir denn am Samstag um 6.30 Uhr nach Pokhara, der zweitgroessten Stadt des Landes, aufgebrochen und dort auch schliesslich gut und heil abends angekommen. Ca. 40min nach Abfahrt hatten wir allerdings einen Motorschaden und 3h Zeit die naechsten Geschaefte zu erkunden ;) Travel Nepali Style?!

Pokhara ist wunderbar!
Wir haben es schon geliebt, als wir im Regen ankamen. Ein See, wenig Touristen, wenig Verkehr, wenig Muell: genau das, was wir nach dem lauten und dreckigen Kathmandu gebrauchen konnten! Heute haben wir viel entspannt: ausschlafen, durch die Stadt laufen, am See sitzen, Postkarten schreiben und die Sonne geniessen – bei Ausblick auf 8.000er, die schon zum greifen nahe sind!
>> Matze hat wohl auf seiner Seite (s.r.) ein paar Bilder hochgeladen! Absolut sehenswert! Einmal ein peinliches von mir, die beruehmte Kantine und den super Ausblick hier ;)

Morgen geht es dann endgueltig auf den Trek, das teure Ticket fuer den Nationalpark haben wir heute gekauft und uns registriert.
Ich bin schon ganz neugierig und gespannt, was uns erwartet. Wenn alles gut geht, geht es wie gesagt hoch hinaus und durch alle Klimazonen. Hier sind wir auf ca. 600m, es waren heute bestimmt 35C. In 10 Tagen sind wir dann bei 5C oder so… 10kg ist der Rucksack und ich hoffe, alles ist dabei ;)

Ich melde mich wieder, wenn wir zurueck sind.
Sollte ich was wichtiges wegen Uni (Klausuren, Anmeldungen) etc. brauchen, schreibt mir einfach eine Email, auch wenn ich sie erst nachher lesen kann.

Ach ja, die Situation in Nepal ist “ruhig” :)
Es gab wohl in Kathmandu groessere Demonstrationen wegen der Lage in Tibet, aber hier ist alles noch im Rahmen.

So far. Take care!

Linktip: http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/soldatenselbstmord2.html

Personal Note: Bus = “Unerschlossen”, PKR = “peaceful”, Traenen im OP, Abschiedsparty

Travel guide to Kathmandu

Von admin, 11. März 2008 22:00

Dear future visitor,

please be reminded that Kathmandu offers splendid shopping opportunities. The quality is cheap and the price is up to you (and your”opponent” when it comes down to bargaining) but the options are widely (and wisely!) spread. Who doesn’t need one Nepali Music CD? Who doesn’t need a Scarf to take home? Who doesn’t need those new trecking socks?
Well, as you can imagine, that leaves you with many visits in several stores that pretty much offer all the same things and all the same quality but differ in price and layout. That way you really kind of “shop till you drop in Thamel” (as the Lonely Travel guidebook puts it) and all you end up with is one pair of socks!
So the question I’m asking myself every evening is: “what exactly did we do all day? Shopping? Then, what did we get? Those bananas? Geezz….”

What’s really a treat though is that we go out for dinner every evening (except for the past week when diarrhea put us on hold :) ).
There are plenty of restaurants in town that offer quite good food at unbeatable prices. There might be cheaper options but we as tourists like to avoid those “Momo’s from the street” kind of shops. That way we probably miss out on the real and original taste (and a crazy cheap lunch) but since there never seems to be power in the evening you get the great treat of having a candle-light dinner free of charge no matter at which place you decide to stay.

Our favorites so far:
* Feed ‘n read for the coziest atmosphere (in between books or outside in a garden with a fire)
* Helenas for its the only place where I felt save enough to have ice-cream and the wide and splendid range of the menu
* Nargilas for its Israeli food that is really different from anything else
* Mothis for it’s closest to our hotel and the only one not recommended by the Lonely Planet and therefore we treat it as a local place which makes us feel like locals :) :) :)

Well, since it’s late and we like to go to bed by 11 pm to survive our long days I will close for now.
I just wanted to let you know that the sun came out today and our diarrhea is much better and therefore life seems to be more fun again.
We plan on going trekking next week so if you need anything from me you should really consider writing sooner than later because chances are 99% we won’t have internet from next Monday on…

Y’all take care.
Peace, Nils

Bakthapur OR Saturday = Sunday

Von admin, 23. Februar 2008 22:00

“Tanker drivers go on strike demanding security”
The fuel scarcity gripping the nation was further worsened after drivers of tankers carrying fuel launched strike demanding security after one of the Kathmandu-bound tanker was ’seized’ by irate group of people of Gorkha district and forced it to go to their district on Thursday night.

Our Sunday is Saturday in Nepal, meaning we got the day off and used our free time to get to know Bakthapur.

What a great city! It would’ve been enough to get a break from traffic and air pollution in Kathmandu (there is no traffic in the inner city limits), but we got even more: SUN, blue skies, plus a famous and ravishingly beautiful architecture. Further, we were able to meet up with my dad which was a special treat for me and him :)

It was our first time on a local minibus as well and quite an experience.
While I wouldn’t trust the public buses, who are filled with more people anyone can think of, our ride was going really smooth and was unbelievable cheap. I also learned how many people fit on any vehicle: as much as would like to, even standing up in the trunk! Due to the continuing fuel shortage traveling won’t get any easier and prices are certainly on the rise.

Power seems to be a problem as well: only parts of Kathmandu have power for some hours of the day, most of the town is shut down or running on private generators.
On the other hand that makes for some great treats such as free candle light diners, candle-light toilets and candle-light showers – it couldn’t be more romantic :)

I am very well and hope that you are, too.
So far. Take care.

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