October 21, 2015 - Drive to Bulbule

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Team together at Bulbule
Team together at Bulbule
October 21, 2015 - Drive to Bulbule

This is Faye's highlights.  Day one on our ride up to Bulbule.  After my personal assistant—and I really need one!!!—Pemba, had a shopkeeper open their store, I bought a post card for my mother.  Then we caught up with the others at the bus, which was a few streets from our hotel—due to its size.  We travelled through the streets of Kathmandu, passing through police checks, watching goats and pigs being slaughtered for the Hindu festival, seeing buses pass with young men riding on the top of bus roofs until we finally came to the outskirts of the city.  The city streets transformed to hills and terraced farms.  Few vehicles where on the roads, due to Nepal's fuel shortage. We were fortunate that our tour company had some connections.  We had a lovely lunch by a swift flowing river.  The food was a typical Indian food fare-lental soup,rice,veg dishes and chicken.  It only took six hours to reach our destination. We are all excited about tomorrow because we will be finally hiking on the trail.  I wonder if we will see any bears or snow leopard! We have seen huge spiders and kingfishers and white cat redstarts.  There are lots of free range chickens and one rooster joined us at our table during our afternoon tea!  We saw lots of children swinging on homemade bamboo swings.  These are specifically erected during this Hindu Festival.  One was placed on the road and they got off in time to let a jeep drive right through it.  We were shocked because the jeep was trying to pass our bus! That was a close call.  Wish you could all be here.    

stoping for lunch - on the way to Bulbule from Kathmandu
Stoping for lunch - on the way to Bulbule from Kathmandu
 
Having Lunch near by Pokhara
Having Lunch near by Pokhara