I have been in Kathmandu for a week and today was the 3rd day that we have
had a “bundha”. These strikes pretty much zip the city up tight. No taxis,
shops are closed and it seems as if commerce comes to a standstill. I guess
that is the point; this multi-party strike is meant to bring focus to the
situation here in Nepal. Mission accomplished, they certainly have my
attention. The Bundhas make it difficult to complete last minute projects such
as procuring gear, banking and other related tasks. The Sherpas are quite
resourceful though and ways can be found to acquire the necessary materials
for the journey to Tibet. The children seem to love the quiet time. The once
crowded, chaotic streets become a playground and the cacophony of honking
horns and sputtering engines is quickly replaced with smiles and games...it
makes for quite the enjoyable stroll through Thamel.
Ailments abound here in KTM and you don’t have to look far to find someone
suffering from respiratory or GI distress. My own ailment seems to be contact
dermatitis. The hands are swollen and I look like I have poison ivy; it must
have been something I touched.
The support we have received from Dan Mazur and his team has been
wonderful. We all have goals that we want to achieve and everyone understands
that patience, flexibility and cooperation are the best way to accomplish
this. To the mountain we go.
Our plan is to leave KTM very early on the morning of Friday, April 9th
(Happy Birthday Steve). There are many checkpoints along the way and we want
to give ourselves plenty of daylight in which to travel.
Everyone is anxious to leave KTM and continue our journey. Everest and all
of her challenges await us. She tasks us, the gauntlet has been thrown; who
will be the one to grasp it and run?
Wish us well. TjW