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Monday, April 30, 2001
Pokhara, Nepal
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Pokhara, Nepal:
Latitude: 28° 12' 41" North
Longitude: 83° 57' 37" East
Altitude: 5223 feet
From Seattle: 8466 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Sacred Valley Inn

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Today's Travel:
Country: Nepal
Region: Pokhara Valley
Weather: Overcast / rain

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1481
Linear Dist: 277046
Countries Visited: 76
Regions Visited: 288
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Hotels: 608
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4601
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Journal Entry:
After turning in our filthy trekking cloths to be washed we had an early breakfast at the Pumpernickel Bakery (same owners as in Katmandu) right on the lake. Unfortunately the weather wasn't so cooperative and we didn't get to see any of Pokhara's famous mountain views. We ended up spending most of the day shopping - the monsoon season is starting and tourist are getting rare so the merchants are willing to deal. On the first pass I almost accidentally bought a mask - it's old and beat up, but looks cool - and Amy bought a prayer wheel. We dropped our camera and purchases off at the hotel and called to make hotel reservations in Katmandu, and then bough bus tickets for tomorrow. We hot some more shops, then stopped for some great home made mint chocolate chip ice cream - incredibly minty! More shops as I got interested in buying a nice parka - I walked away when the bargaining stalled with a difference of about 65 cents. We went to happy hour and had a couple beers then I went and found a shop that was willing to sell me the jacket for my price - perfect timing as it started to drizzle. We had diner at a recommended pub, which was pretty good, then Amy went back to one of the stores to buy a bowl.

Back at hotel we started to unpleasant task of packing - this was difficult because I'd left most of my stuff behind when we went trekking so now I was faced with a complete repack. To make things harder the laundry was still totally wet - it doesn't look like it was even washed until late afternoon. While I was trying to pack what I could so that I'd only have to pack the clothes in the morning (we've got an early morning bus) the power failed so I had to finish by candle light.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Pokhara
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Nepal
CIA - The World Factbook: Nepal

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