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March 14, 2011 Kathmandu Nepal

Written by GingerBlossom Published in

Last year when I was in Nepal, I bought a cheap jacket and never took it off, except to go to bed.  It seems like I'll need another layer this year too, even though I'm arriving a month later than usual.  It's been a busy last five days.  No cheap flights out of Jodhpur, so I took the overnight train to Delhi.  That would have been fine, except that the person who got my ticket for me bought it for the wrong day, so I had no seat or bunk, and had to buy a ticket on board, plus pay a fine, and get shuffled around as legit ticket holders boarded the train. 

I ended up finally, at about 1 a.m., in a 2nd class, 3 tier sleeper, no air con.  Ironically, it was freezing in there - there is no glass in the windows, just bars across the openings, and the temperature really drops in the desert at night. At least I had my wool shawl, and I am indebted to the Indian people for their patience and good humour. 

Barbara and I met again in Delhi, I had a magazine to give to her, a mutual friend and I both ended up in it, with our pictures, so I wanted Renee to have a copy.  Then there was a short flight to Varanassi, and two very long days out in the country side of Badohi, looking for carpets.  Fairly good success with that, then another short flight to Kathmandu.