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Oct.13 07


Went to Patan this morning. It wasn't in our plan but since we're still here, Kathmandu. But we should make a move at least somewhere. As I said, both of us were too lazy. Each day we got a plan then we can't work it out. Always noticed that we were still in Kathmandu .. again. And often said we'll leave tomorrow but I remembered we said "tomorrow" for two weeks!

Then we went to Patan, an Art and craft Area. Another name is Lalitpur which means beautiful city or art city. This city has old temples about 50 temples and herritage stupas about 8,000! Also is known as Cultural Herritage by UNESCO.

At Patan
In history, they said King of Tibet and China invited the architectures from Patan to build in the temples there. The Patan Durbar Square is also more impressive than other Durbar Squares with the tradional style buildings. Also the houses, restaurants or cafes because they were the palace area before. (I try to imagine if it's like Siam Square in Bangkok? :D because Nepalis teenagers meet up there as a center point) .  

We were hungry so Momo could fill our stomachs, they said Momo is Tibetian food but there has a lot of Momo restaurants here as it is the main course of Nepali. Local Momo dish was nice and haha .. cheap! It's like Dimsum, have diferrent ways to cook Momo ; to steam or to fried, both are yummy! :) But the taste doesn't depends on MOMO only but the sauce are different in each restaurant so if you are lucky, you will taste the real! 

We went back to Thamel and walked around to feel night life in Nepal.

Kathmandu
Thamel's always vigorous. Night life, night light. Same as the day before, a young man stopped by and asked Ale .. "do you want to smoke something more stronger than cigarette?" haha ... He said no but the young man still stalked us!!

That's why tonight we decided to go out of Kathmandu. It's time to make a move. We walked in/walk out  of many travel agencies to find the right trekking trip for us and we got one.

The travel agency that we chose was nice, I thought. She explained us so clear and we got the cheap price for 8 days trekking in Langtang mountain. I don't know why i chose Langtang. Why not Annapurna or Everest? We don't have enough time to do the trek to Everest (it takes about 24 days) because we wanted to go back to India again and for Annapurna, i don't know.

Fried Momo
Actually it would be much more beautiful than Langtang. People said they went to the Everest and Annapurna first, and keep Langtang for the last but we both agreed to do the divert.

Langtang National Park is directly accessible by road from Kathmandu. It's surrounded by major Himalayan peaks. Short treks of easy stages which can be manage by a family or by people who are not so fit or not so young. That's what I heard.

Tomorrow we will leave!! So quick! We we don't move, we don't move but when we wanted to move, we moved now! OOOh.

A young girl but seemed she got a lot of experience with trekking bussiness introduced us our guide. She let us talk to him, if we are not ok with him, she'll change the new guide for us. His name is Ratna.

Chilli!!
Ratna is an old guy, same age as my Dad and look more older. I was not sure if he could lead us to trek but ok, he's nice and I saw a sadness in his eyes. If we denied him, how big of disappointed he would be?!!  

I knew later that no one wanted him to be a guide because he is too old and can't speak english well. But i said i'd go! Ale thought the same. So we said bye and we headed back to the hotel to pack our stuff coz will meet up tomorrow at 6.30am. Very early!!!

This morning befor we went out, two hotel maids came to clean the room. The first one smiled to us but another one just gave us a strange look. I felt that but .. don't wanna keep in mind. So we gave them the key and went out.  

3 minutes after we're out of the hotel Ale told me he forgot his money in another trousers.

Mustang Hotel
  "So go back to take it." I said. But he said "No no don't worry, i got an ATM." Me "Are you sure? We can walk back now. How much?"  He say "Not much, don't worry."  Ok .. then we went to Patan and don't think about the money at all.

Tonight, after we arrived Mustang Hotel. Ale checked his trousers and said  "New, my money is gone".. I asked him what money. (I totally forgot). He said "The money i told you that I forgot in another trousers"!!

What!!!

First thought and second and last thought, we thought the same that the hotel maids have been involve with it. But which one? Because two of them came to our room. I asked him how much. He said "4000 rupees"!!

Then Ale went to talk to the manager but no one was there, so we left the message.

Kathmandu Durba Square
And we had to postpone the trek to go on the next day instead. We had to know 'where is Ale's money?' ...

And I couldn't believe that no one takes any responsibility. They don't care. They said they asked the maids but the maids said they don't know!

So ...who???!

But we were sure that they did because no one else could do it. I loved this hotel since i stepped in. People were nice. The manager, receptionist, the waiter ... everyone but just some people who care just a few money! The money was in the pocket, how could they tried to find something inside the pocket. If Ale left his money on the table, it would make more sense that they were tempting by money but this situation, the money was in the pocket, inside the trousers so they meant to steal it!!! 

We were upset, Ale was more, it's his money.

Remind me of an old friend who travelled with Djimbe
We couldn't catch anyone and we don't really know who was the one who took it. We didn't tell the police because we knows that they couldn't catch the theif. I tried to tell him to think  ... just think that ...it's not belong to him ... and they (someone who took it) were poor more than us (even we are too) but .. just forgive. Ale tried to think the same but couldn't. I understood because it's his money even it's not much but even just two rupees were steal, it's bad anyway. It shouldn't happen here. 

Me too ... even i told him to forgive but i was disappointed too. I remembered how one of the maid looked at us when we got out of the room, it was strange and can't be trust. And i thought it was her.

At the end, the hotel did nothing. But they still treated us good as nothing happened.

Steak - buff!
Even to take resposibility by discount or free breakfast (haha i hoped) but no. So it's ok. They said there had the same situation before with another customer but the lady was found out that her money wasn't stealed but she forgot it in her bag. They asked Ale did you forgot it somewhere? ... No more angriness but much more disappointed. Ok if you, hotel, don't want to take care of it so please shut up.

Bye bye Mustang, you gave us  a good lesson.

 


 

 

newtampo says:
Yes 24! And yeah,that's sad :(
Posted on: Jul 14, 2008
blurbmoi says:
24 days? Gosh! that's tough:-( i so agree with your previous comment on child labor, its a typical sad story in Asian countries.
Posted on: Jul 08, 2008
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