What’s the best way to spend 6 hours long bus ride to Besi Sahar (the place where I start my trekking)? Write post to my blog of course.
On Thursday, me and my sister took a plane to Kathmandu. No big deal, just a plane ride and I had it all figured – waiting in Paris spent in a lounge, long waiting in Mumbai spent in another lounge and arrive fresh and rested to Kathmandu on Friday.
Problem number one: there was no Skyteam lounge in Paris.. Which was just super weird but apparently that terminal didn’t have any. Never mind! Because it was only 2h layover so that was fine. We would need it more in Mumbai (8h layover) and I was quite sure in Mumbai would be one (because google). The flights went pretty well, I even watched a Bollywood movie for the first time (the decision of which movie to watch was not based on the ratings and reviews but only on how good looking the main actor was. And movie with Sidharth Malhotra was the obvious choice. Just google him haha.)
Ok, back to the post. We even got an ice cream with Jet Airways😄
And after watching the movie, I was just soooo looking forward to be in India (even at the terminal) but my bollywood illusions were shattered pretty quickly. Omg, so much bureaucracy, stupid rules and unwillingness to help whatsoever.
The thing that disgusted me the most was the transfer from plane to international terminal. We were still in the transit area and never left the country, waiting to take plane somewhere else and there was another security check. But not a standard one. They wouldn’t allow to bring any liquids over 100ml with you and I mean not even the perfumes and liquors bought in duty free before you arrived to Mumbai, even if they were sealed and secured. They just fucking ripped opened the seal, opened the bottle and poured out the liquid. One guy was forced to kinda sprayed the whole perfume out. Just imagine doing that for 30mins before it’s empty. I was furious, really.
You buy a perfume which is almost always UNDER 100ml and then they tell you with fucking Indian accent ‘sorry sir, it’s not allowed’ and some other bullshit. Or the expensive liquor. And you just see your 100€ poured down the drain. Grrrrrr
What’s more, there was no Skyteam lounge at that terminal in Mumbai either😡 So we had to find some sofas (thank god we found them!) and tried to sleep there. But. I don’t know what kind of smartass designed the terminal but he had this brilliant idea to play loud Indian lounge music all over it. 2am? Never mind! Let’s just not sleep and listen to that music instead! Goooood, whyyyyy!? I could hear it even with the earplugs. But luckily we managed to sleep for 3 hours at least.
So we survived the night and arrived to KTM. Long queues for the visa fee, visas itself, bags.. It took us 2 hours to get out of there. And unfortunately with one bag only. Sister had some power banks in hers and they stopped it in Mumbai. So she had to fill some forms to give permission to take the power banks out the so they could send the bag to KTM. I hope she gets it ASAP (she has different plan in here than me so we’re not together anymore) and she can’t do much without her clothes and other stuff..
But after all we arrived to the hotel, met with her boyfriend and explored KTM. And it was dusty as hell. I mean fucking disgusting smelly dusty city. I don’t know what happened since November but it’s 100x worse now. I’m so glad I’ll be in the mountains today. I feel like I’m complaining a lot and I guess I shouldn’t. It’s just that not many positive things happened during the travel. So let’s just end this post positively:
1. I’m in Nepal and Nepal is amazing
2. Himalayas are just 5 hours away
3. It’s gonna be exciting and wonderful
4. I like Bollywood 😂 – that’s why: