For the first time in my life I went outside the Europe. For the first time on my own. I was concerned if I will be able to manage this kind of journey as it was something completely new for me. I read a lot in the Internet and I need to admit that being in Nepal in the taxi and seeing this all linsey-woolsey on my own eyes I had a smile on my face. Tumbled roads all over, opened drainage catch pits, smoky trucks TATA, the cows lying on the middle of the streets, constantly trumpeting drivers and lack of the traffic legislations. Maybe I will start from the very beginning.
At the Kathmandu‘s airport
I had a flight 10 march from the Birmingham airport to Kathmandu (I had a change in Deli). The whole way lasted 12 hours I got the visa at the airport without any problems. The residence permit for 30 days costs 35 pounds. When I got out from the airport I was noticed straight away by the local taxi drivers. They were convincing me to have a ride to the hostel. I was offered the ride to Thamel for 700 rupees. I politely refused as I had already booked the car to my hostel for 400 rupees. Even then to kill the time I was talking and haggling with them. I told one of them that in case if my ordered taxi is not arrived he can give me a lift but for the same price.
All of them knew at least one Polish word and some of them knew even Russian language. After 40 minutes of waiting I decided to go with the taxi driver who agreed to give me a lift for 400 rupees. If you are looking for a cheap taxi after going out from the airport you should go to the right side to the local taxi drivers and negotiate the price. White, old Suzuki got me to my destination place.
I spent the first night at the Alobar1000 hostel. I met there Linda from the Netherlands (she has already been in Nepal since 3 weeks). I joined her and together we went to see Lumbini. I bought the ticket at the travel agency that belongs to the hostel at 20 p.m. for 1000 rupees. The atmosphere at the hostel was very nice (the terrace, the restaurant with delicious food and affordable prices). You can do the laundry there for 50 rupees per kg. For those who can easily find connection with the other people it is a nice place to stay but for those who is looking for the luxury and peaceful atmosphere this hostel will be a bad choice. The rooms were very clean but it was very loud. The price at the room for 4 people costs 550 rupees per night.
Awakening 6 o’clock. The taxi to New Bus Park for 400 rupees. The departure from Kathmandu as I planned 7 a.m. The way to Lumbini by the local bus Delux with “Wi-Fi” lasted 10 hours with some breaks for the goods loading: for example food. Do not forget about the passengers who were getting into the bus. The drivers were trading and doing their business as well. It was a challenge to be in this bus I must admit. From the other hand I could see a lot of and experienced completely new things that change the way you see the surrounding world.