Day 187: Out of luk in Lukla
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Thanks to the people I met here and/or travelled with: John (Scotland), Dan (Scotland) & Tom (UK), Matt (Australia) & Helen (UK)
I woke up at 5:30 in order to be at the airport on time. As I stepped outside my room I had a nasty surprise: mist! The entire valley had disappeared overnight - you couldn't see more than a few metres.
Shit! I had so hoped to have an extra day in Kathmandu, but now it seems I will be stuck here for a day. And to tell you the truth, Lukla is not a nice place to be stuck in - It is a shit hole!
It's a tourist trap, like Namche Bazaar. People usually spent the last night of their trek here and as a result the place is packed with restaurants and lodges, but not much else.
However, whereas Namche Bazaar is quite a nice place, Lukla really isn't. Prices here are higher than in Namche, despite Namche being a 6-hour walk away. It really felt like a trap. We were stuck.
John, Dan, Tom and I spent most of the day just hanging around in the local (unofficial) Starbucks, playing scrabble and cards and getting slowly drunk.
We taught Dan and Tom the card game John and I had been playing for the last couple of days. It is called gin-rummy, which apparently is a common British game, however, John's rules differed significantly from those Dan and Tom knew. They soon acknowledged that John's rules required a bit more wit than the standard rules, so they agreed to play along, dubbing John's game “Shetland Kindergarten-rules gin-rummy”.
As the evening progressed we moved from Happy Hour to Happy Hour, drowning our sorrows and playing some pool with locals. It was around midnight that we staggered out of the Irish pub, pretty much poo-faced. In any other place this would have been a great day, but here in Lukla we couldn't help but feeling slightly depressed. I do like my drink from time to time, but I prefer to drink while having fun, while this felt more as if we were drinking in order to have fun.
The deserted, misty streets of Lukla had an eerie feel at night. You know the poster of the movie The Exorcist? That is what the streets looked like.