Hello! We packed up and left the kitchen a few days ago, which involved lots of dusting down and folding of tarpaulines! It was quite sad to go, but we have been looking forward to moving onwards.
We are now in Pokhara, on a lakeside, with mountain views in the distance...especially when there are no clouds (which there have been most days)!
Things have been getting a little tense here, firstly because I (Annie) got quite ill and was stuck in bed for two days, so we were late moving on. Secondly, now that we are ready to move on, there is no way out the way we wanted to go: the east-west highway is blockaded and there are strikes all the way along it, so no traffic can get to the eastern-most crossing we were going to use. There are about as many reasons for the blockades as the people participating - they happen if people want compensation for some reason, political recognition, police action, etc. So talks are taking place, but meanwhile road traffic across the country is not really possible.
This means that we can't get to Chitwan Park that we really hoped to see - no elephant safari or rhino spotting for us apparently Chitwan is all locked up and no one can get out - so in some ways a blessing in disguise that I was ill so we were not stuck there.
To add something else to the mix, protests happened in Pokhara because a girl was bitten by a dog and died after being given a rabies jab. The locals then trashed the hospital (!) and police sprayed tear gas resulting in a young girls passing out and dying on the way to the second hospital - so that then also got trashed (!!). We always thought hospitals were except from these kind of things.
Another blessing in disguise is that we had antibiotics on us meaning that we weren't at either of the hospitals when they were trashed!
Good news is that we now have a flight booked so have to go back to Kathmandu to then fly to a less used crossing at Biratnagar-Jogbani. We then have to make our way overland to get to Darjeeling/Sikkim as planned. We should hopefully arrive on time for our plans for India - this has only messed up the travels in Nepal! Other good news is that I'm feeling completely better and finishing off the antibiotics.
Wish us luck on our way to India!!