For the past couple of days I’ve been lazy to write my posts.. But now, while chilling at OR2K (amazing vegetarian/vegan restaurant btw) here in Pokhara, I have a great opportunity to catch up on all the backlog I have.
So on Wednesday we set off towards Jomsom. 10k walk, mostly through the river basin so no ups and downs and we did it in 2 hours. I really didn’t like Jomsom and wanted to leave it ASAP so I was mentally preparing for a 9h jeep ride. Unfortunately, no jeeps were available that day to share, according to my guide. I find it hard to believe though, but ok. All the flights were canceled that day so everybody hired a jeep but I still saw many of them leaving Jomsom. That’s why I didn’t want to rely on a plane next day because what if they cancel it again? And I would have to take the bus/jeep anyway and arrive to Pokhara Thursday evening. Anyway, after some hassle we got on a bus to Pokhara.
Ugh. Bus to Pokhara. Well, where to start? We got tickets for standing but somehow I managed to sit all the way – thank you some Nepali stranger to tell me to sit down😉 The bus ride was never ending. With extremely loud music playing the whole time, bus going very fast through mountain roads full of potholes, bumps, mud and rocks, I was jumping on my seat in all directions. People were also sitting in the aisle and while one guy was trying to get through them to the front, he elbowed me right into my collar bone when being next to me. And not in a way ‘oh, sorry, I remove my elbow right away’, he just kept it on my collar bone for like 10 seconds like no big deal. It hurt a lot.. And he stank.
This all happened within first 10-15 minutes. After that my mind just shut. For the next 4 hours I didn’t think – my mind was like a black hole. The whole experience was just passing by and I felt like I’m watching it from a great distance, while listening to my music all the time. That was good.
But then bus music started to play much louder (how’s that even possible?!) and my earpods just couldn’t handle it. Or maybe my ears actually. So I had to gave up my music and use proper earplugs instead. They blocked maybe half of the noise around me. But it still felt like I’m hearing the music on a very high volume anyway.
The roads are narrow so sometimes it takes even half an hour before two busses can pass by each other. The rain also didn’t help. Roads were becoming super muddy and wet. After 5h of driving, just few kilometers away from Tatopani, a normally small stream grew super big and completely broke and blocked the road.
I thought that this is it, that we are stuck here and can’t go further. I was mentally preparing to walk those remaining 7k to Tatopani, sleep there and take another bus in the morning. But dozer magically appeared and fixed the road in 30 minutes. One hour of waiting in total.
So this interruption ended my out of body experience. After that I was fully aware of everything that was happening around me and it was very painful.
And after 11 hours we arrived to Pokhara. Hallelujah.
Booked a 4* hotel and that was the best decision I could have made. All I needed after that ride was to fall down on a big comfy bed and sleeeeeep.
Thursday was all about chilling, strolling around Pokhara and eating. That went very well. Didn’t have anything else planned and agreed to meet with one Enfield biker I’ve met in YacDonald in Kagbeni. And omg, I’ve had the most amazing day I could imagine! I rode on an Enfield bike! For the first time of my life and I loved it!!! We rode to the World Peace Pagoda on a hill near Pokhara (I didn’t have to climb there today then😉) and wow. I just didn’t want the bike to stop. I could go to the end of the world like that. It’s such a different feeling to ride on a bike – of course I wasn’t driving, just sitting in the back, and liked it even more this way. And I didn’t feel scared at all, it was so peaceful, fast, fun.. Perfection👌🏻
And the best thing was that you go up without any effort😄
World Peace Pagoda was beautiful and peaceful. You had to take off your shoes and go there barefoot – which was also the first time for me. But Din explained that it’s always like that in India. I loved the view from there. And then we just chilled in a nearby restaurant, over Everest beer, with great views as well😊 I wouldn’t have planned the day better. When you just let go and go with the flow, amazing, unexpected and exciting things can happen.
And today, on Friday, I chill again. I know, it’s the only thing I do here but I’m on a vacation guys! So no regrets.
After yesterday’s gluttony I decided to take it easy today. Fresh fruits, veggies, green juices and salads are on today’s menu – you know, there must be balance in life. And I’m not complaining at all, I love it and it feels great.
So I’ve been sitting here at OR2K for the past two hours and it’s been sooo gooood. Comfy sofas, perfect lake view, fresh breeze going through my hair, great music playing (like this one – https://youtu.be/WkZJSFd0Ghw).. I might stay for the next few hours as well. So good that I don’t have to rush anywhere today😊
Cheers with a green juice guys!