Nepal

Some of you may ask yourself why i am blogging about Nepal – well to answer the question I am here with John Boyd one of our Youth Participation Project Managers (for the north east). Last year before John and I were in our current roles we were asked to go to Sri Lanka to assist in the planning for the South Asian Christian Youth Network. As we were involved in the planning for the conference the World Church asked both of us to attend the conference which is in Nepal between the 16th and 21st of May. Whilst I’m here at the conference I’ll be blogging about my experiences here and the amazing things I’ll be seeing.

Day 1 – Friday 14th May 2010

I flew from Manchester to Heathrow terminal 5 – a flight which is supposed to be 1 hour long (more like 20 minutes) and then headed over to terminal 3 to meet with John. After checking in rather than hanging about we went straight through security in order to get something to eat before we flew. We managed to find a restaurant which was showing the Australia vs. Pakistan cricket match so with several hours to kill in there we made ourselves comfortable and began to watch the match. Before we knew it, it was time for John to head to his gate as his flight to Doha was an hour before mine. I spent the next hour having a wander around the terminal before it was time for me to head over to my gate for my flight. Luckily my flight to Doha was particularly quiet so I managed to sit on my own allowing me space to spread my legs out a bit. Once I had landed in Doha and gone through security I set out to find John and luckily enough he was at the top of the first escalator that I went up. We decided with a couple of hours to kill it would be a good idea to get a drink as we were both thirsty. I got just a simple water, and John went for watermelon juice (this was the most expensive round of soft drinks I have ever seen) the round was the equivalent of £8 for 2 drinks!!! After killing sitting around for a couple of hours we again headed to our departure gate in order to commence the next leg of our journey which was Doha to Kathmandu.

Day 2 Saturday 15th May 2010

Upon landing in Kathmandu we were greeted by a friendly taxi Driver and an old friend in Jessie Annand who we had met the previous year at the planning meeting in Sri Lanka. We shared a taxi out to the hotel where we were staying over night before we headed out to Pokhara. As we were getting out of the taxi we were again greeted by some old friends Vinod Victor, Jacob Isaac and Shemil Matthew (again people that we met in Sri Lanka) who were heading out to the Fulbari Resort in Pokhara. We headed inside to meet the rest of the Delegation from the UK Chris Hoskins , Suzie Shortland and Joanna Ramsay and Chulli Scarfe. We sat and talked for a while and then John and I decided to head up to the rooms to freshen up a bit before we went out for something to eat and a walk around Kathmandu. We headed out of the hotel and started walking up one of the main roads (it seemed) in Kathmandu and headed up to the shrine in the picture’s below – seeing the crowds gathered around the shrine receiving blessings and lighting candles at it was really overpowering as the shrine was in the middle of a main road with cars going past it in every moment. It wasn’t hidden away inside a room, or down a back road it was there in what seemed like one of the busiest main roads around. Chris and Joanna decided to head back to the hotel and eat there as they had both had upset stomachs following eating Buffalo MoMo’s . So myself, John, Chulli, Suzie, Jessie and John headed to find a local resteraunt to eat in. After we had eaten we headed back to the hotel and sat and talked for a while before heading to bed.

Day 3 16th May 2010

Today was the day we were heading from Kathmandu to Pokhara on the coach. We got up early and headed to breakfast at which point we decided it would be a good idea to head to the supermarket for some bottled water before embarking on the mammoth 7 and a half hour journey. So Chris, Suzie, Joanna and myself headed out to the local supermarket and stocked up. We then headed back up to wait for the last few members of our party then headed out to a meeting point for the coach where we were yet again greeted by some old friends in the Sri Lankan delegates to the conference. We Shared the coach over the incredibly long coach journey over to Pokhara which is 203km.

During the journey the scenery that we saw can only be described as Amazing as im not amazing at taking pictures and I only have my Iphone to take them with Chris has his camera with him and is truly a gifted Photographer so Chris set to taking plenty of pictures of the scenery we witnessed while passing through. Once i get the pictures from Chris ill upload them to my Facebook account and maybe set up a Flickr account for everyone to see the pictures on there. Words cannot describe how beautiful the scenery was – an absolutely dramatic change to the fast paced bustle of Kathmandu to the slow steady going of the countryside. After 7 and a half hours since departing with 2 stops one lasting an hour and the other 20 minutes we arrived at our destination “the fulbari resort” in Pokhara where the conference is being held. We caught up with old friends, met some new friends then headed to our rooms in order to drop off our cases and freshen up. We then headed down to dinner and then took a stroll around the grounds and then that brings me up to this moment right now where i’m writing out this blog (which ill now be posting in the morning as its 00:10 here so time for me to head to bed)
More to follow over to coming days so keep your eyes out for new updates

So depending on what time you read this good morning, good afternoon or good night

Pete

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