We took a Cathay Pacific flight from LAX to Hong Kong, which took 14 ½ hours, but in our traveler plus seats in the bulkhead it wasn’t too bad, and since it was our daytime, I felt pretty good, only taking a couple of short naps. That all changed when we got to Hong Kong and picked up our 6 ½ flight in coach seats when we were so tired. It had a 1-stop in Dhaka extending the trip. I slept despite the cramped quarters, but fitfully; but all’s well that ends well—we arrived safe and sound, thankfully got our luggage, and were picked up by the Radisson Hotel free shuttle. We knew right away we were in a 3rd world country as soon as we got near our luggage pickup because we could smell the bathroom—I was spoiled in Ghana, believe it or not!
We were not very smart last night and instead of going to bed at midnight, we fell into that hard mattress just after 2 AM and awoke at 6 AM—could have used a couple more hours of sleep. We dickered with a couple of taxi drivers to get a better price to get to church. We found that if we walked just a half block away from the hotel the price went down—our first offer was 800. Still, we paid 500 (abt. $5) to get to the place to meet Wasuita’s to walk a half block to the church, and about $3.50 to get back to the hotel. Each of these little taxi’s shake, rattle and roll even on smooth roads. I think they could all use a bit of Duct tape to hold them together better. They are all little, 4 door cars that fit into the narrow alley-ways that are common just off of the main road. The streets are in a constant state of repair (weren’t they working on these same roads when we were last here 1 ½ yrs. ago?)
- 1. Time here is 15 minutes off the normal hour: if it is 1:30 somewhere in the world, it would be 10:45 in Nepal, or something like that. I am sure there is someone who could tell me why ever that is?
- 2. At church not everyone can speak or understand English, so we get a mixture of Nepalese and English. Some people only speak English, others only Nepalese, and others give it to you in both languages so that everyone will be able to understand. And of course, the oddity of church being on Saturday.
- 3. It was agreed that the reason Nepal remains in a poor state is for the same reason other countries do—corrupt governments. It is a falling-down wreck of a city, which as in most poor countries ruins the beauty of the incredible landscape. From up above though, the views of the city are quite lovely.
- 4. In Kenya sometimes we’d be without power for three days. Here it is a daily occurrence. They have ‘power times’ that vary from wherever they live. Some places use their generators more than others since city power is sketchy. The change in the couple’s apartments was a good one because their outages aren’t as bad as the old place. E/S Rempp changed the abode before they left Nepal. The worst though is when they don’t have water.
- 5. I forget which countries drive on the English side of the road until I get back in that country—I had forgotten that they drive here on the left side.