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Excerpt 6 of 8 is reproduced below:
"Arriving in Kathmandu"
Our bus stopped many times at small settlements along the way and also for breaks at little street side stalls where Allas and I refreshed ourselves with tea. The journey started off with us riding over the flat plains as the sun rose and later winding up the switchback road heading into the hills.
The views were fantastic as we drove higher and higher and saw the countryside in action. Nepal is a fertile country with skilled use of irrigation meaning that they are self-reliant for food and in fact export some surplus goods apparently.
We eventually reached 8000 feet before starting to head downwards again into the valley of Kathmandu at 5000 feet above sea-level. The road was bad a lot of the way. It was built twenty years ago and has not been maintained very well.
The weather changed drastically as we got higher and later on into the valley. There were a lot of clouds with some rain. The whole feeling was cool and overcast. This quite surprised me as I had expected sunshine and some warmer weather, but we were informed that the monsoon conditions have set in early this year.
Arrived in Kathmandu exhausted. Took a taxi around a couple of hotels and guest houses to check prices. We eventually found somewhere a little way out of town which is quiet and simple, a guest house charging only R15 a night for a double room.
Accepted the room and went inside to relax. I made a small joint of grass which was excellent and relaxed us both. We went out at 6 p.m. totally unprepared for what the evening had in store for us. Still stoned I floated into Kathmandu and we found a great little place where we sat down cross-legged at low tables.