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Saturday–March 28

Departed Qatar in a huge sandstorm. It’s more of a super-fine dust, really. Imagine driving in a snowstorm, but none of what’s falling accumulates: it just keeps on blowing. Qatar is a peninsula with Saudi Arabia to the south.

Qatar

Now in Kathmandu and it’s a busy, crazy place.  There’s a lot to take in.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

The streests are crowded…cars, motorbikes, rickshaws, dogs, people, children. Don’t act surprised if you see monkeys darting around. In fact, there’s a small monkey sleeping on the window ledge just outside my room! The good news is that all 3 of my duffels made it. With so much specialized gear, all of  it broken-in and familiar to me, that’s super important.  I’m the first IMG team member to arrive; others will arrive by later tonight.

After settling in the Hotel Tibet, went to the Thamel area of Kathmandu.

The Hotel Tibet

I stopped at the Yeti Restaurant and had a big glass of Everest Beer, Special Limited Edition.  What makes it special is that it celebrates a local sherpa who has summitted 12 times.  I figure its gotta be good luck!  I took in some of the local flavor with “potsticker”  dumpling filled with buffalo (allegedly) and a plate of  freshly made spring rolls.  Total cost, including the tip, was just a bit over $6 (I think I got the Rupee conversion right which is 71 Rupees per Dollar).

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Written by mmsummits7

March 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Posted in Mountaineering

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