Sunday, March 28, 2010

It's great to be back in Kathmandu

Well, I have arrived safely in Kathmandu. More importantly is that all of my baggage has arrived as well. On my last trip here 1 of my bags was delayed a day. I am so thankful I did not have to worry about that this time. I arrived at 11:00pm last night and was brought to my hotel. The Courtyard Hotel is fantastic. Much better than when I was here previously. I was able to get a little sleep but I am still adjusting. The time difference between Kathmandu and Denver is 11hr 45min ahead (don't ask why the odd number).
After a superb breakfast I walked around and met old friends. We greeted each other as if no time has passed. This culture is much different than home. After a lovely cup of coffee I went to my favorite barber for a haircut and a straight razor shave. Oh, I also got a head and neck massage. The damage for this little bit of indulgence was a cool 320 rupees. For you math majors that is $3 U.S. What a country! The first picture above is me post-shave and haircut at my hotel's courtyard. The second picture is of a typical street scene in the Thamel district.
Thank you everyone for all of your kind thoughts and prayers. They are much needed and appreciated. For the rest of the day I shall meet up with more friends and head to some of my favorite eating places. I will try and upload more pics as the days come. Right now my schedule is that we fly to Lukla (that is Peterson Int'l Airfield for Bob at Piper Electric) on April 1st and begin our 9 day journey to Everest Basecamp. More to come later. Thanks for following my great Everest Adventure.