My plans to meet a grad school friend at the Norwegian Embassy were thwarted because the taxi driver must've ust moved from the countryside yesterday, since he didn't know where the embassy is located. He also didn't know my hotel (er...the biggest hotel in Kathmandu?) and so handed me off to another taxi driver who did. The second taxi driver took me on all the winding back streets through several commercial and residential neighborhoods. I definitely got to see non-touristy Kathmandu. I finally got back to the hotel, and my friend and I rescheduled for tomorrow night.
Somehow I managed to leave my beloved and hard-working Nook on the plane from Doha to Kathmandu. I had the hotel call the airport lost and found as well as Qatar Airways with my flight info and seat number, and I’d attached my business card on the back of the Nook, but no dice. I’m actually more perturbed by the lack of stuff to read than the actual absence of the device. If I purchase a new device (pretty likely, since I can buy a new version for less than my original Nook) I can re-download purchases from the Barnes and Noble website, and books and other documents are backed-up on my laptop. Usually the embassy or the American Club or the Marine House has a bookshelf for people to drop off and pick up books. And I’ll have a long enough layover in Doha to buy books and magazines. My iPod is chock-full of podcasts and music, articles on InstaPaper, and I’ve re-loaded the Google eBooks that I bought separately. Not to mention that Qatar Airways has a great in-flight entertainment system. And I can always sleep. So all is not lost. There are worse things I could contend with while traveling. I’m just not looking forward to the 20+ hours in transit without Something to Read.
AND my tummy hurts. Uh-oh.
Heyy you're in KTM. I used to love that city. Now of course, I avoid Nepal like the plague. IMHO that country has gone down the drain ever since the Maoists came to power. Despite everything, I still kept visiting family there but in the end, it was the chronic electricity shortages that drove me bonkers.