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The hills are alive

I spent a nice day walking around bandipur to local view points in the hills.. No mountain views due to misty weather but it was good to stretch my legs and walk up steep hills again. I met a really interesting Polish lady who has travelled loads and is about to take early retirement from teaching, so much to talk about. She joined Corrine and me for beer and food in the evening - very lovely evening. The next day we all went for a 5 hour walk to a beautifully untouched Nepalese village (Ramkot). We met Dave, a Geordie, who joined our growing group. It was lovely walking and chatting and observing nature.
There are photos of red and yellow poinsettias, a grapefruit tree, a cactus tree and bushes with legs!
Unsurprisingly we all finished the day with much beer and local curry (Dal baht). A really enjoyable day.
This morning I caught several different buses back to Kathmandu. Only 6 hours and no crashes on the road - though the usual chaos of constant horn blowing, many many near misses, lots of dust and clouds of diesel fumes. The over taking maneuvers on blind bends is already entertaining - it's staggering how everyone just misses each other. Despite the constant bouncing around due tothe pot holes and lack of road surface I even managed to relax enough to snooze, but usually woke as my head clattered the window as we hit an extra large pot hole.
I checked into the same hotel as I was in 7 weeks ago and have just headed out to wander the streets and eat a snack of a chapati/omelette sandwich. I treated myself to a Hannibal lector face mask. Essential if you don't want your lungs to fill up with lumps of pollution and diesel fumes.

Posted by simonstravels 04:15

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You look extremely happy. Apart from the mask photo where you look a little anxious.
Your blog is making me want to do what you're doing!

by Simon Coley

You are doing a great job of keeping us all updated.
How are you now thinking of your life up until you started this trip? Is it seeming more and more historical as time and you march on?

by munichnewman

Stunning photos. It seems crazy that you are in the one of the most wonderful natural places in the world and you have to wear a face mask!

by Steve Newman

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