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2004-02-10 21:27:00

I am in a great Guesthouse in Katmandu, and with anything in life there is good and bad. Moms Place had Solar Heat and the hotel was great, but solar heat is translated as you freeze to death or you do not take a shower.

We move to … X,

I will disclose after I leave as I may be here for 10 days or more and do not want anyone tracking me down, and this is sort of Mao Terrorist area and full connected to the Internet.

The Hotel owner was saying that his staff turns or flips the breaker switch every morning at 6:00 am to give the electric hot water heater time to heat the water.

7:50 am I take off all my clothes in a 54 degree Fahrenheit room and walk into the shower. I had forgot to plug in my immersion heater to heat the water with my heater so I was depending on this six o’clock thing to happen. Well… same ole same ole the staff is just not dependable in Hotel anywhere in the world.

So I went down and told the boy to turn on the water. I will flip the breaker myself tomorrow.


I usually drink Nescafe Instant Coffee because that is the standard coffee sold worldwide, but since the price has taken a leap here in Katmandu, Nepal I opted for the ground or filter coffee. This will make my friend Chris from Idaho happy.

But…. Wow lots more caffeine, but taste a lot better. I wish it was not so messy and I would do it all the time.

I use the two-glass method.

Boil water in on glass.

Put coffee in cup after boiling.


Put in a little cold water and it make the ground drop.

Pour into second cup through a strainer.

Maybe I go clean the first cup of grounds and strain a couple more times.

Surprising the coffee last just about as long as the instant at half the price, and double the mess.


I met a girl born in Indiana, but have live all over the USA, and called San Francisco her last home. She has lived in Katmandu and is going to marry a Nepal man that runs tours to Tibet.

After the Dot.Com failure a few years ago a lot of people after they failed to become rich, or they lost their riches decided to travel. I have met just tons of these people and to me there are a stereotype of disillusioned people that played with computers and themselves and now are looking for a job.

This girl was in software development in San Francisco, and then came to Nepal and has hung around for couple of years with her boy friend.

Like any normal washout from the land of Fruits and Nuts they want some payback, so the way they do that is go to the land of underprivileged where they are rich and no one looks at them as washout without a job.

This girl went to work for a few NGO or Non Governmental Agencies that are prolific in Nepal. The only one she mentioned by name is UNICEF. She did not speak highly and said that UNICEF here treats the workers quite badly. Not her, but there is a real segregated situation and she was disillusioned.

But what was funny is my question or trying to learn about the so-called poverty in Nepal. I was talking with the owner of the Hotel and he said that Nepal is the second poorest country in the world after Haiti. I travel and could care less if a country is rich or poor for the most part but just want to know how much it will cost to travel and live in the country. Jeff is pretty much the same.

I told him about the second poorest remark and he was also a little amazed. We have both traveled a lot and we just do not see it. This is a very nice so far. We traveled from the border of India to Kathmandu by daylight and I was constantly remarking to Jeff that we had really taken a step up on the level of living scale. The quality here is so much better so far than India.

But I have not been anywhere to speak of, and I will see what Jeff has to say after he returns. I just realized that I am in one of the larger cities and there should be a full on slum to go look at. I will try to find one to take photos. But as of right now this place seem about 2 steps above Bolivia or Peru.

But the whole world thinks you are poor if you do not have a car. I think this is one of them food rich areas, and money poor situations. They appear to have lots of food, but very little cash in pocket, sort of like Chiapas area in Mexico.