Nepal Travel Stories, Page 18

WHERE I AM GOING TODAY - BANGLADESH / NEPAL MAPS





Spend the night here in the country of Bangladesh, city of Dhaka, then leave tomorrow for country of Nepal.







I will then spend 10 days here in the city of Katmandu, Nepal and hopefully go to the Everest Base Camp.



Strange trip, but the ticket is cheaper.


KATMANDU, NEPAL - NEWSLETTER DAY AND LOTS OF PHOTOS

FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD - KATMANDU, NEPAL



http://www.hobotraveler.com/newsletterhobo140insert.shtml



Life is Good!

Andy HoboTraveler.com



WHAT TO DO IN NEPAL



Jeff has the guidebook, and he remarked that there are only three cities listed in the Lonely Planet to Nepal. He has the one book, which is suppose to be comprehensive. I can tell you for 3 cities you do not need a guidebook for hotels. I guess it may have a lot on trekking, but it seem weird, and suspicious, Nepal is full of lot of interesting cities and places, and the trekking is for the city kids to say they went to the country.



There are Rhinos in the South! Why would I go walk around when I can go look at Rhinos? I think the Lonely Planet is creating an Invisible Leash on the Backpackers of the world, and no one looks at anything that is not in the guidebook. It is more tempting everyday to get rids of my guidebooks. I am only looking for the Hotels anyway, and my encyclopedia is much better on the facts.



YO YO WORLD TRAVEL



I feel like a yo yo, and my world is changing by the minute. First the tour company said we would leave early, and then they say we will leave the day after tomorrow. I am on a string, and they are pulling.



My friend in Varanasi called this:

“The Invisible Leash.”



This is what happens when you go on a tour. The tour operator has an invisible leash, and I do not blame them at all because most people on tours do need a leash to help them move around.



This is annoying to Jeff and me and we both thought. You do not move a tour up in time, you only move it back. One-half of the people that signed up would not be ready to leave in a couple of hours or one days notice.



So we leave on Wednesday for Tibet. We only are supposed to have a 20 day visa and it started on Tuesday and we do need to leave the country now, or burn up are visa time. They do not want us to stay in Tibet very long, and this is why the Visa is so short.



SENT A PACKAGE HOME OF SHIRTS AND IMMERSION HEATERS



I bought some shirt with the Hobo Logo embroidered on the shirts and some Immersion 220 Heaters to sell on my webpage.



I sent them DHL on the 16 of February. I fill out customs forms, and all sort of crap that will probably just make the pick up difficult in the USA. It is hard to explain, but you can just post a box to your home by regular mail and it will arrive very easily, but when you follow the rules then life get very complicated. I like to follow the rules, but I do not like a complicated life.



What is always fun, or stupid is listening to the import / export shipping companies tell me how easy it will be and there will be no problem. I suppose if I got on a plane today and picked it up in five days it would be easy.



Example:

He wanted me to address it to myself….

I say,

“But, I will be in China.”

He gets the point that I cannot pick up the package or deal with the customs officials from China.



He wants me to fill out the address as the person sending the form. Now he may be correct, but I think if I have a claim against DHL for a non-delivered package he came place the claim better then me. Normally they want you to place a claim from the place it originated. But I will not be at this place again for a long time.



This is all about empathy and how or what is possible.

If he had actually done this process like me, he would know how crazy it can be, and not advise his clients how to ship packages to other countries in this manners. The man that helped me is extremely honest and helpful, but he has never been to the USA, and I would venture to guess that almost zero percent of the trader, import, export people in the city have every been out of the country, so in the end they do not even know if the packages they send arrive.



Now the day in, day out manufacturing people do know whether a package arrive, but when a person ships a package home, they are one time shot, and the shipping company will never see the person again, and the problem and the client has been shipped away. So if there is a problem they will never know.



But this is why I used DHL, because I am getting to feel that I would rather pay about 50 percent more, go through the customs hassles, and know it is going to arrive. I can gamble by normal post, and maybe it will arrive. DHL is worldwide, UPS is in a lot of place, and I sometimes see a Fed-ex truck, but almost never. I see DHL everywhere in the world. UPS is only good in really really busy shipping place, and is normally more expensive than DHL. Normal post is the cheapest, but in Kathmandu the cost about the same. I think the public or government officials are exploiting the people here for all the pennies they can get. The also charge a lot of money for a visa and this only goes in the government’s pockets and hurts the local stores. I have no idea why a country like Nepal that is dependent upon tourism has a 30-dollar entrance fee, and 50 on the second time one year. This is nuts. Look at Thailand. ZERO and full.



Nepal is hurting right now because the Maoist are terrorizing the people and extorting allegiance, and money from everyone. I am under the impression that a King is a good idea here until they kill all the crazies, and then go to a democracy. Democracies have a problem with being brutal enough to get the job done. Fujimora go the job done in Peru with Shining Path, and then lost his job.



I have not seen any NGO’s here yet, but here they exist, but I always wonder where the do gooders are, and they are not roaming around in the streets with the rest of us hoboes, the must be in the lounge, or out back smoking a joint. My respect of NGO is almost ZERO. I like the UN in lots of ways, and you can see them. Peace Corp does some good, but most NGO’s are just money sucking leaches, that benefit only the management.


READER WITH BROKEN LINK

Hi Andy:



Just wanted to point out a broken link in a recent blog posting for



Thursday February 12, 2004



ELECTRICAL SHOCK IN INTERNET CAFE



The link you have is:



... computerproblems.shml





I get the Dreaded 404.



I believe the problem is at the end of the link you have "shml" instead

of

"shtml".



...

I found your site a few weeks ago and have been following your blog and

newsletter closely.



Best of luck:



Mark



Hello,

I linked on February 12 about computer problems. I hope the link is fixed below, but I am repeating it for those of you that were frustrated. It is a log of my computer problems since I started traveling. It is not comprehensive, but is definitely the biggies.



http://www.hobotraveler.com/computerproblems.shtml



With all the TEA I am drinking here you would think I could type a T.

Thanks,

I hate when that happens. Life is full of checking and re-checking of all my life. The internet sometimes take 2nd fiddle to the real adventure... hehehe


Travelin' Man, by Bob Seger

B o b S e g e r H i t s

Travelin' Man

From Beautiful Loser, 1975



Up with the sun, gone with the wind

She always said I was lazy

Leavin' my home, leavin' my friends

Runnin' when things get too crazy

Out to the road, out 'neath the stars

Feelin' the breeze, passin' the cars



Women have come, women have gone

Everyone tryin' to cage me

Oh, someone so sweet, I nearly got free

Others they only rage me

Sometimes at night, I see their faces

I feel the traces they've left on my soul

Those are the memories that make me a wealthy soul

Those are the memories that make me a wealthy soul



Travelin' man, love when I can

Turn in my hand 'cause I'm goin' on

Oh, travelin' man, love when I can

But sooner or later I'm goin' on, yea

Travelin man



[break]



Sometimes at night, I see their faces

I feel the traces they've left on my soul

But those are the memories that make me a wealthy soul

I tell you those are the memories that make me a

wealthy soul

Travelin' man, yea


STRIKE DELAYS US A DAY

I thought they was going to advance our departure to Tibet, which Jeff and I thought was strange, but they decided to take the logical choice and delay it for a day. So I will spend Tuesday in Katmandu and leave on Wednesday morning for Tibet at 6:00 AM.



SENT PACKAGE HOME

I did the full measure customs forms and DHL shipping to the USA for a package of 40 T-Shirts with my Hobo Embroidered on the shirts. Make by the locals and in Nepal Quality!... Very good really, and they was very fast.



I also sent 30 300 Watt Immersion Heaters that are for 220.



The Shirts say,



I BE HOBO

on the top

&



HoboTraveler.com was X

on the bottom. Pretty cool and I got a new backpack so life is real good, and my gear world is kicking.... Thanks Bobby Seger,

K K K Katmandu


LEAVING FOR TIBET TODAY AND NO INTERNET ACCESS

Hello,

I am leaving Kathmandu, Nepal for Tibet today. There is a strike tomorrow and I think we are going to leave tonight. The trip is by commercial bus to the border and by 4 Wheel Drive to Lhasa. It will take about six day and go up to 5300 Meters. All is good and do not worry. I am trying to push out the next newsletters.



I am with this tour company:

Cost is about 12,000 Rupees or about 160 USA dollars for 5-6 days including lodging.

http://www.mountainvoyage.com/



I stayed in the Tibet Peace Guesthouse and would recommend. It is the only place in Katmandu that seemed to have a good common area to meet other travelers. The place is tourist trap for the most part on the inside of the Thamel area. I recommend you walk outside.



TURN ON THE ELECTRIC HOT WATER HEATER YOURSELF

They have never done this or changed my sheets in the last 10 days. This is a typical backpacker place, but what is special is the common area and the garden. There are some Frenchie girls too, because the owner is Swiss French and the French Guidebooks always push the Frenchie places. I paid 250 Rupees a night in February. The rates jump soon, and I would try to always negotiate for any rooms in Kathamandu. The Kathmandu Guesthouse if FULL ON and EXTREMELY touristy and I would say has nothing to do with "Shoestring" Travel, but it is in the the epicenter or the Center or the Backpacker Universe in Kathmandu. Ask for this place from a taxi and then walk away. The further you walk away from this place downhill the cheaper the rooms.

http://www.tibetpeace.com/



DO NOT EXPECT AN ANSWER TO EMAIL FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS


KATHMANDU PHOTOS



Child with little brother





Making moonshine Nepal Style


RETURNS FROM POKHALA AND WE LEAVE TUESDAY FOR TIBET

I have more or less stage or prepared for my trip next time to the Everest Base Camp and have arranged to have a lot of products made in Nepal. I will complete my whole backpack system when I return.



I now have my own custom made backpack that I will test. It is the train, planes, and automobile model for on the road Hoboes. Made to withstand the brutal apes baggage handlers of the Airplanes, and steal proof... hehehe

That has got to be bad English, "Steal Proof." I wanted to prepare for Russia and Europe Trains where the backpacks have a good chance of getting nabbed. Jeff said something about a Dutch girl in Pokhala. I will wait to hear the results.