Third World Business Blues Kathmandu, Nepal Asia Thursday, January 25, 2007
I have until, February 12; I must leave Katmandu by February 12, 2007 and get to Delhi, India so I can fly round trip to the USA in the early morning of February 14, 2007.
I have 21 days to sit and have the Third World Business Blues.
I came at this dreadfully cold time of the year to Nepal for a reason, to come in low season to work on two projects. One was to make 50-100 backpacks to sell on my site. The second was to discuss with a Hotel to manage and fill her up, make into the first true HoboHideOut.com Hotel or Hostel.
I just do not know, the term Third World to me is kind of insult, however, I am frustrated.
I just do not know how a person or company can expect to start work at 11:00 in the morning or worst yet 1:00 in the afternoon and earn money.
I am giving up on making backpack in Nepal, as they say, some step on their (…), while others jump up and down on it.
I have the design for the backpack, I have the model, I have the money, and I cannot buy, or will not because I do not trust they show up and do what they say.
They are extremely angry with me, as I keep demanding a perfect bag, and for sure the bags made or copies of North Face, Lowe Alpine and every other knockoff they make is sub-quality work.
There is the answer, I am trying to work with a factory that spends their whole day cheating North Face, or making copies of them. It is like dating a married woman and expecting her to be faithful.
I have 21 days and nothing to do, maybe time to heal to Delhi; I could go to Goa to the beach for a couple of weeks.
I am up to my ears now in culture clash. Katmandu is a paradise in ways, not Katmandu, however during the summer; you are on top of the world. In the winter, you are on top of an ice cube. I put a thermometer in my toilet, I am going to see how cold it really is, and I do not think I want to know.
Note... I like tropical weather, anything is cold to me.
Hostel, Hotel, I am not sure, does not look good, it is about as likely as enforcing a legal contract in Nepal.