14 April: Leaving Australia for Nepal

Up at 5.45 Alex took me to the airport and refused to take money for petrol.

I met with the team standing in front of the board showing departures. Peter, Gordon and Pat were there on time. We checked in. Peter had computers to check in as well. We went through customs easily. I was happily surprised to meet a magician clown who was handing out easter eggs, juggling and doing magic tricks. It was a good omen. We had a coffee and a chat as we are about to embark on a great journey. I found with Gordon a clown buddy, he is funny and full of stories, lovely to be around. The others are peaceful and kind people, I am excited.

Caught flight D7215 to Kuala Lumper in Malaysia. It was a 8 hour flight, 4 hours of which were flying over Australia. I was seated in the middle and couldn’t see out the window. I did happen to look out as we flew out over the North Western tip of Australia.

The trip was uneventful, as the plane went up and down, I was happy it did this at the right times. We had to buy our own meals so I just stuck to noodles and coffee. It was long. In Kuala Lumper we walked along the tarmac to transit. We had a lovely joke with a taiwanese mum, who was a clown and her daughter feigning annoyance at her mother. They were a comedy team. We also met a couple with a baby and joked with them. They were allowed to go the quick way through the queue. I quickly said I had a baby to see if I could get some favouritism, but no, I had to stay in the queue and chat with people. It was all fine.

We ended up at the terminal to wait for the Kathmandu flight. Peter was very funny and casual, he went to the toilet just as people were boarding, he doesn’t worry about the plane leaving. He just knows they won’t go. We, on the other hand were concerned they may go and didn’t want to leave him, yet I couldn’t afford another ticket. Ah imaginings! I’ve had moments where planes have taken off, and I’ve had to get another ticket. The flight attendant told me I had 5 minutes and yet the reality was it was 20 minutes. I smiled at Peter’s peacefulness, secretly admiring it.

We flew for another 4 hours and we were all exhausted. All up it was about 15 hours. Long flight.

We arrived at Kathmandu and had a pretty easy time of getting the computers and bags. We had some help and bypassed the scanning machine. We jumped on a courtesy bus and someone came asking for money, it reminded me of the part of the world we are in. It reminded me of India. It is interesting to fly around the world coming from one cultural space and moving into another one with different rules and ways. I found myself so relaxed about it, as once you’ve experienced it you just feel at home again and quickly adjust. In the courtesy bus we backed out and then were skirting, tooting through the traffic. It was very full on and I had to adjust to the busyness of Kathmandu, not unlike an Indian city. We saw many lights streaming from buildings in lines, I was told they were for celebrating new years. We got caught in traffic but on the whole it was pretty quick. We took our bags out and found ourselves at the Kathmandu Guest House. Very nice hotel. We had dinner, I felt exhausted and then were allocated our rooms. I was so happy to have a shower and then fall into a deep sleep after a few hours, I was over tired. It was great to be here and I am curious to see what happens.

Mohandas Gandhi

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.”

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