Near Swayambhu (Monkey Temple)
After our visit to Swayambhu we decided to make one last trip to Thamel which is a tourist mecca in Kathmandu and a great place to shop for souvenirs and gifts. Our shopping spree was cut a little short because of a return of the "Colon Blow" that struck us both earlier on our trip had returned to haunt John on our last day. We've actually been surprised at how little our digestive systems have been disrupted on this trip. When you visit a developing country it's not a matter of if you are going to encounter digestive issues but rather how many times you will encounter these issues. Every drop of water you put in you mouth has to be treated (boiled/filtered/chemical treatment/ultraviolet light). This means that eating fresh vegetables is off limits because most likely the vegetables were washed in untreated water because Nepalis' bodies are accustomed to the untreated water. Even if your silverware has drops of water on them it is advised that you dry the silverware before using it. Luckily round two of "Colon Blow" for John only lasted a couple of hours and subsided before our long flights. Phew!
Street dust on a garden. Very dry right now.
We then made our way back to Tashi and Lakpa's home to shower, pack our bags and enjoy our last meal of Dal Bhat, milk tea, and milk coffee prepared by Maya the great! Because she doesn't speak English and only a little Nepali (she speaks Sherpa) it was hard for us to express our total gratitude for her over-the-top hospitality.
Then we were off to the airport at 8:30 and boarding our plane for an 11:10 PM departure. Because of India's blockade to Nepal, our flight had to be rerouted through Bangkok, Thailand for a refueling stop. This added a couple hours to our journey to Hong Kong, making the connection for our flight to New York tight.
Luckily we arrived in Hong Kong early and got to our gate for New York with time to spare! ;) In fact this flight was delayed for over an hour! Yuck! We were just glad that our plane from Kathmandu was able to have enough fuel to leave Kathmandu to begin our looooooong journey home!