24.11.2018 - 24.11.2018
A brief stay in Kathmandu this time. 2 days of pollution is enough. Yesterday I walked to the "monkey temple". The place is great - lots of tourists but pleasingly lots of Nepalese praying and offering gifts to their God's - rice, fruit, marigolds - though the fruit was usually pinched in seconds by the hundreds of monkeys running around the place. I spent ages day watching the primates... and the monkeys! One monkey pinched a tourists bottle of coke, pierced a hole in the plastic and downed the whole thing. Another pinched a small kids toy, so the kids raised a fist and the monkey threw itself at the kids chest and knocked him over, like a kung fu move! A guy brought a big bag of bananas to feed to the monkeys one at a time... Obviously a bloody stupid mistake! One greedy monkey grabbed the whole bag and ripped it out of the man's hand. It then proceeded to stuff as many bananas as possible in it's gob whilst fighting off hoards of other monkeys - hilarious to watch. I felt inadequate by the 'alpha male monkeys"... Their testicles are absolutely huge - I'm surprised they could walk without bruising their knackers!
Today I bought a bus ticket for tomorrow, to the Nepalese - Indian border (kakarvitta). It's a joyous 16 hour overnight bone rattling bus ride. Supposedly it's a comfortable tourist only bus... yeh right...if you count goats and chickens as tourists. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. I've then got to get to Darjeeling. I'm hoping to go on the narrow guage railway - I couldn't book it online so fingers crossed.
I will therefore probably be out of touch for 2/3 days... Plus my sodding phone is beginning to play up again. I restarted it today and most things are currently working.. But not my 3 week old sd card...aarrgghh!
Enjoy the photos of monkeys, someone with bigger ears than me...and me!
Annoyingly, I've just discovered lots of my photos have "gone"!