Toma, Jim and I left a snow-covered Kyiv on Monday, December 21 and arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon. Fairly clear skies. No snow.
Thankfully, the strike had ended at noon on our arrival date. If not, we would have needed to walk a couple of hours from the airport to meet Anna…somewhere…and then on to her place. Fortunately for us, the strike had ended and a friend of hers with a van was willing to pick us up.
Transportation is quite interesting…getting used to driving on the left is one issue. But the fact that pedestrians, cars, buses, bikes, scooters all share the same space is a little disconcerting. Regular honking alerts everyone else that you’re in the area. But when everyone is honking…well, who knows who should have the right-of-way? Best to just close your eyes when riding, and stick close to Anna when walking!
A family here offered to let the four of us stay in their first floor space so that we could all have beds. Very sweet. And they even prepared dinner for us.
That evening we actually had electricity so we plugged in my computer and watched Elf. Bundled against the cold. Once the sun goes down, the temperature drops markedly. And because there is no heat in the buildings, we dress more warmly inside than outside. Crazy, eh? But just routine for Anna.
More pictures and stories to share, but the internet is not always available. And the speed leaves a lot to be desired.
Thankful to be with Anna this Christmas and New Year’s.