Days 183 to 188 – 6th / 11th October – Kathmandu

Over the past week I’ve been in Kathmandu chilling out, repairing the bike and waiting for an important letter to arrive from England. Oli left after two days to fly back to England for work, he stored his bike for 3 or 4 months and we said goodbye for now. Oli and I travelled together for about 5 weeks in 3 countries. Your a good travel partner Oli, don’t work too hard and hopefully we’ll catch up on the road next year, otherwise Sydney or London sometime.

I previously mentioned that I bumped into the 6 guys who I’m crossing Myanmar with so we hung out, a few other overlanders joined us including Javier & Laurane who I travelled through Balocestan, Pakistan with so lots of merry evenings.

The days were filled mainly with getting by bike sorted as welding was needed. I can’t describe quite how great Pushpa & Laxmi of ‘Kathmandu Motor Cycle Servicing Workshop’ are, they own an amazing Workshop and their skill level is as good as anyone I’ve ever met anywhere in the world. They did 4 welds in the end on the main frame and pannier frame, found many loose bolts and sorted them along with finding a problem with the battery I brought in India, fitting a new one and sorting out the poor wiring work the Indian mechanic did. All in all they did a great job.

I recommend any overlander visit them with ANY bike problem;
Kathmandu Motor Cycle Servicing Workshop
Pushpa & Laxmi Narayan 4422857 / 9841 235749

I was starting to wonder what all the fuss was about with Kathmandu and then I met Addison at the motorbike workshop and he invited me to a Farmers Market on Saturday morning. I arrived late at about 10am and he was with a very friendly, hippyish, middle class & middle aged group of expats from a few different corners of the globe. The market was fantastic with local people producing amazing European produce, I brought a massive slice of parmesan cheese and a Polish sausage having sampled many other delights which I had been dreaming about for the past 6 months.

Good food, conversation and in a very chilled out environment. I stayed until gone 1pm and a few of the group inspired me to see more of the city so in the afternoon I went to Patan and had a great time made all the better by passing through the amazing Basantapur Durbar Square. Both places have the classic, beautiful, traditional and very old achitecture one would expect to see.

Kathmandu is a great city after all.