Up and to bus by 6:30...it doesn't leave until 7:45! Bon also upset because it is the same size bus as he one that almost 'went over the edge'! She's in a sour mood.
"It's the journey"
Nice day, sunny and mostly blue skies. We get to Pokhara in fine time, mid afternoon. Taxi to Lakeside area and Bon has looked at all the accommodation possibilities and chooses to go to Hotel Travel Inn where after a bit of bargaining we take a room mainly on the fact that they do have generator capacity enough to run all power so we'll have TV and Olympics! After a walk along the lakefront and watching hang glider action over the mountains we retire to our room and watch! It's clouded up but we're hopeful by morning it will clear for a view!
As promised, generator went off at 10pm so watched very little
Olympics, boo hoo!
Up and out by 7 am because the mountains are clear! Drive up to Sarangkot viewpoint for a fantastic 360° scene, amazing!
We meet an Italian fellow who is great fun to talk with...he is of the opinion that way back, pre-Obama when Bush was in power the US government could have 'saved' the whole financial meltdown by NOT supporting the banks/bankers and let those US banks fail which had gotten into the credit default swaps! It would have been severely painful for the US financial system for a short (2-3) years but the rest of the world would not have been drawn in! Now with taxpayers (read middle class) on the hook in most Euro countries plus in US, the only game is hyper inflation or long term depression depending on whether countries go for printing or austerity! Very interesting!
We later went to the Gurkha Museum, also very interesting. We spoke to a couple from Spain (can't figure why so many Spaniards are travelling) who just got back from the 10 day Annapurna route trekking. Weather was great, only rain was at night, temps cooler than here! Actually, it's been very warm in Pokhara and Kat the last week or so - 30°+C (90s+F), especially with humidity. Very sticky.
Tomorrow we head back to Kat.