Pakistan visa application is looking very positive. Spent some hours at the Embassy the other day, and am returning today for the verdict.
Indian visa should be issued on Friday.
Tessa is looking for a bike. She has decided to come ride with me for two or three weeks, into India. She has submitted her Indian Visa application.
All this Embassy time means that my Chitwan trip has been canceled. Oh well. My informants tell me there is another NP on the way to the western border, as good as, if not better than Chitwan, and with far fewer tourists.
Met a very resourceful guy, Miles, who has lived in Kathmandu for eight years, repairing and restoring Landrovers. He has been really helpful with ideas for routes to cycle across Nepal, but unfortunately, was unable to fix the broken aluminum brace from my trailer. No worries. Chris, from Works Metal Fabrication, is working very hard to send me a brand new plastic pod. A new trailer, providing Juliet can squeeze it into her baggage
Nick introduced me to the folk at Sonam, and they've given me a great deal on some hiking boots. I'm ready to join Pricey, Tessa and Ju, trekking the trails of Annapuna.
The great food keeps coming out of Belinda's kitchen. Yesterday, baked beans and poached eggs on home made bread. And home made enchilada. .......yummy. I'm going over to the gym today to check my weight.
And yesterday was Nepali New Year. The road outside the Park Resort, is normally very quiet. But not the last two days and night. A huge stage has been built. Heaps of stalls erected. Bands have been playing 24hrs, hundreds of mini buses, taxis and tutus have blocked the road, dropping, thousands of people who have been celebrating. Amazing colours. Amazing sights. Happy Nepali New Year everyone. It's 2072 here.