The trouble with leaving...

New Delhi Travel Blog

 › entry 12 of 12 › view all entries
Behind the riot police line... finally made it..
... or rather going back home in this case was again: the maoists! My parents had been maoists when they were young and foolish but WHY DO I NEED TO PAY FOR THAT???
Anyway the story goes as follows: arriving at the Kathmandu airport it turns that the entrance is being blocked by a mob shouting whatever maoists shout. There's a line of riot police actually keeping them from entering the airport. Nobody can get in, nobody can get out.
What the heck am I gonna do now? Some stupid tourists like me go and look for spots to sneak in but although the Nepalese are small and slim there's a lot of them and when I through my backpack inside and try to climb a fence they just throw it backpack, and push me back as well. One Italian woman who's also trying to run the blockade gets into a heated argument with some of the demonstrators:
 - You have to let me through! Who's going to pay a new ticket if I my miss my flight?!?
 - Don't worry, the government will pay for you! (causing a few laughs in the crowd)
 - I'm a UN diplomat! Let me through! Get an education first before you think you can come out here and make this mess!
So far for the cultural sensitivity I would expect a UN staff member to have.
Backdrop of Kathmandu airport
It's getting serious as I might be loosing my flight and I don't have any trust in the Nepali government reimbursing it.

From the back of the police line a smiling young police kid brings over a hose. The mob starts shouting louder and the tension mounts. The police open up with the hose and as if in a choreographed motion the first lines in front of the entrance pelt the police with rocks. The police charge and the mob makes a run for it. In a split second it's mayhem all around.
This is my chance! With rocks still flying I make a dash for the entrance. Sneaking along the side of the gate I make it inside!

Leaving Nepal was a lot more difficult than arriving, and not only because of the maoists. Nepal is a beautiful and diverse country, and it's culture agrees a lot more with me than the piece of India I had seen. The Himalayas and the century old temples make this a truly amazing place. 
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Behind the riot police line... fin…
Behind the riot police line... fi…
Backdrop of Kathmandu airport
Backdrop of Kathmandu airport
Probably the only national non-rec…
Probably the only national non-re…
The Himalayas peaking out above th…
The Himalayas peaking out above t…
Rikshaw in New Delhi
Rikshaw in New Delhi
Reverse culture shock: transfer in…
Reverse culture shock: transfer i…
2,755 km (1,712 miles) traveled
Sponsored Links
New Delhi
photo by: spocklogic