6.15.11 - 6.16.11 31 °C
We were all geared up to go to Nepal later tonyt. We booked our flights and one night stay in the heart of Thamel, Kathmandu (where tourists stay). We contacted our hotel for airport pickup, which is pretty common for hotels in Nepal to offer because of the nameless streets and the difficulty for foreigners to navigate. The hotel responded by telling us that there is a scheduled strike on the day of our arrival so they won’t be able to pick us up, unless there is a withdrawal of the strike, they will contact us. Hmm.
We did some research earlier that day about the political unrest in Nepal and how less than a month ago there were 4 bombs detonated on buses in Kathmandu and continued strikes/demonstrations that often turn violent. We interpreted this email from the hotel as a red flag, a sign that maybe we should rethink this. One of the main reasons why we decided to stopover in Nepal was because, 1) it was economical to travel there and also cross the border to India; 2) there is an Indian embassy in Nepal to get our visas, none on this side of China; 3) we wanted to explore a new country!
We did a bit more research and there were enough travel advisories from countries other than the US warning against traveling there – updated as of this AM about reports of kidnapping. So anyways, we decided to aire of the side of safety and scratch those plans. Figured our family and friends would appreciate our responsible decision.
So now instead we’re taking a quick trip back to Cambodia. We didn’t get to really explore Angkor Wat last time so we’re going there first for a couple days, then we’re going to stopover for a 3-4 days in Phnom Penh to get our Indian visas. Then we’re off to India!
PS. in other news – the total eclipse of the <3 (lunar) is happening tonyt. And the only place where its not visible is in North Amerika. haha Hopefully we’ll have better luck here in China!