Friday, April 24, 2016
The morning began with one last breakfast at Sacred Valley, then it was time to haul myself and my luggage to the Greenline bus station just a few blocks away. Nora accompanied me to see me off on the bus. It was a bit chaotic, and my luggage almost went on the wrong bus, but we got it sorted. Then is was time to say good-bye to Nora, who was staying behind in Pokhara for a conference before returning to Tansen. I hugged her and got on the bus – it was hard to leave!
Countryside and towns on the bus back to Kathmandu.
The bus was nice and well worth the cost of about $25. At about 11:00 am we stopped for a complimentary lunch at Riverside Springs Resort. I was a really fancy place. The pool was amazing, and gigantic! It was really hot there, and it was good to sit out in the shade and feel the breeze by the river. At the entrance they had a pond, and photos and notes from famous visitors, such as climbers and movie stars.
After lunch we boarded the bus again. Some people transferred buses at this point. A young Nepali man sat next to me who turned out to be a doctor, and he of course knew of the hospital in Tansen. He was a great help to me in figuring out where in Kathmandu to get off the bus. He also lined me up with a taxi back to Goshen House, and my taxi driver was from Tansen!
After settling in at Goshen House, I went out to do a little shopping and looking around. I planned to buy some souvenirs the next day after church in the morning. (These plans would change…) I made my way through the festival and found Lotka Paper Craft, Higher Ground Bakery, and some really cool antique furniture that I sadly wouldn’t be able to take back to Eileen.
Jawalakhel, Kathmandu during a festival..
Walking the streets of Kathmandu.
After I got back, I was sitting in the common area of Goshen House and was starting to feel sick, like “uh-oh, here comes an intestinal bug!” There was a small YWAM team also staying there and one of them was sick also – I blamed her. Ha! I was a bit feverish and aching, so I went to bed early and hoped for the best.