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Day 187: Out of luk in Lukla

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The weather the next morning

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.

Playing cards in the afternoon


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.

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The weather the next morning
The weather the next morning
Playing cards in the afternoon
Playing cards in the afternoon
Starbucks and the Irish Pub, our t…
Starbucks and the Irish Pub, our …
Sunny Garden?? What sun!?!?
Sunny Garden?? What sun!?!?
Fooling around with John, Tom and …
Fooling around with John, Tom and…
Stranded people hoping to get info…
Stranded people hoping to get inf…
Dinner
Dinner
Everest Whisky - surprisingly good!
Everest Whisky - surprisingly good!
Everest Beer, our new best friend
Everest Beer, our new best friend
John and I mimicking pool balls
John and I mimicking pool balls
Once ever so often, the four bald …
Once ever so often, the four bald…
John playing pool
John playing pool
Playing pool with Matt
Playing pool with Matt
Dan, Tom and me
Dan, Tom and me
Scene from the Exorcist
Scene from the Exorcist
Lukla
photo by: halilee