After bus-ing in to Polkhara, we were supposed to fly in a STAL plane (an unfortunate acronym that means Short Takeoff And Landing) to Jomsom then hike down to Tukuche. However, India's cyclone was making it pretty baadal laagyo (cloudy) so the flight was cancelled. Those flights are booked a few weeks into the future, so we weren't able to re-book. Instead we bought out a public bus and bus-ed up to Tatopaani. The bus ride was muddy and steep and scary as hell. The 2-wheel drive bus was so close to tipping over many times or sliding off the cliff because the wheels were so close to the edge. My videos of the bus ride look like were on a rough sea. In Nepali, tato paani means "hot water," so in Tatopaani, there are hot springs!! That night we paid 100rs and chilled in the springs for awhile.
|Big lake in Polkhara. On a non-cloudy day, you can see the himals' reflection.|
|One of our language gurus stuck in the bus. All of our language gurus are fantastic.|
|My friend is really good at braiding hair. Looks like Daenerys' hair from Game of Thrones.|
|Everyone modeling their Nepali squat. Potty talk is a daily topic of conversation, from hand wiping techniques to how clean the last squatty was.|
|Nepali scenery. Some of the jungle kept reminding me of George of the Jungle.|
|All of us crammed into the bus - notice 2 people sitting in the aisles. Also I have a new hat! It was knitted by the girl two to my right! So cool.|