Sounds from Nepal

I’m finally getting around to posting a couple of clips from an evening out in Kathmandu. Moving my website/blog from Google Sites to WordPress helped make this possible, though I meant to figure out how to do it on the old site, too.

Oh, smoky, drinky club (either called Ohm or Lhasa Club, not sure since they occupy the same building) with your kick-ass Nepali musicians playing good music like it was meant to be played. This place was a highlight of Thamel during both of my recent trips to Nepal. See my notes from those nights here (2013) and here (2014).

You may have had to have been there for these clips to sound good, but they certainly do to my ears. Enjoy.

 

Nepal pictures edited and posted

The pictures are preliminarily done. I did not add a lot of notes about each picture, but it took long enough to edit some of them and run them through the geo-processing software (between jet lag, going back to work and getting over the horrible cold I caught somewhere on the return trip). I figured I should get them posted before this Nepal trip was old news. You can view them here on Flickr.

I think they’re good — better than last year’s, at least. I hope I have gotten better with the camera, and I shot them all in RAW so edits would be less destructive. However, I kept the camera in my pack for a lot of the trip, including much of the time in Pokhara and all of our few days in Kathmandu. Hell, in Turkey I never even left the hotel and the airport and therefore had nothing to capture. I had enough to worry about with trying to ensure the trip would come together in our short time there, I had Emily and Tim to talk to this time, and I wanted to enjoy and see everything without the constant intrusion of a camera in my hands. On top of the other two cameras wielded by our group. Emily’s pictures, then, fill in some of the gaps and can be seen on Flickr here.

Home

I just made it home, concluding the trip with the much awaited and twice purchased flight from Chicago to SEA and a two-hour drive from there. Other than the rain and fog in the dark, the drive was fine. My head has no idea what time it is, but it apparently wasn’t time to sleep. I arrived home to one very needy cat and another that won’t come out of hiding.

We left our hotel for the Kathmandu airport at 630 am on Monday, which was just before the Oscars started. I arrived home a little after 2 am Wednesday PST, 4 am in Chicago where I left Emily and Tim, noon in Turkey where we had our last hotel rooms or 345 pm in Kathmandu. Work follows PST, so I need to get some sleep now before tomorrow’s attempt to catch up from the weeks missed.

I’ll post pictures later in the week and a link to them here. Otherwise, that’s the trip. Thanks again for reading.

Let’s try this again

Right now, I should have been on the American flight that is beginning its decent to Seattle. The flight from Istanbul to Chicago was on time yesterday, and I would have had plenty of time to catch that final, domestic leg.

Instead, I’m sitting in our Turkish Airlines-provided room at the Istanbul airport Radisson, awaiting the shuttle back to the airport in two hours. Emily and Tim took an early-morning “taksi” to the old city, but I’m done exploring. I’m now $479 lighter due to having to buy a one-way ticket to Seattle tonight. Hopefully the travel insurance we purchased will cover some or all of that, but I’ll have to file a claim later. It won’t cover the extra day of work I’ll miss, and that’s if everything goes right today.

The flight to Chicago is currently scheduled to depart on time but to arrive two hours late. I’m not sure why a fifteen-hour flight will need an extra two hours today, but Turkish Airlines demonstrates their unapologetic propensity toward inexplicable delays nearly daily with the Kathmandu-to-Istanbul route, so I suppose anything is possible. If it really does arrive that late, it’s probable I’ll again miss the last flight to Seattle tonight — the one I’ve already now purchased twice.

Next time, they can keep the free night in an airport hotel, and I will fly another airline.

Edit: I forgot to mention that it appears we’ve been assigned seats in first or business class for the fifteen-hour flight. That would make up for some of it, if it stands, but not the complete lack of care for international itineraries shown in their inability to get the Kathmandu flight to operate on time.

Edit again: Nope. Just the first rows in economy.