What I learned in Nepal

As done on many previous occasions here is a list of all the things I learned in Nepal:

1. Dogs here sleep during the day but bark all night (but then if they don’t bark at night the silence gets an eerie quality).

2. Toilet paper in a European managed hotel has by far superior quality.

3. Everything is better with a friendly smile and the Nepali are always smiling.

4. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of luck or 90 minutes.

5. Trekking is overrated. While I do appreciate the scenery, I prefer to race ahead and just arrive.

6. Nepali parents are co-parenting. I have seen as many fathers as mothers with their offspring.

7. Wifi that’s working is nothing more than amazing.

8. The media is always manipulating. We traveled through Nepal while my friends at home thougt the whole country was destroyed.

9. A walk through the jungle is not a piece of cake.

10. The scooters are driving on electricity. So beware of the stealth mode, they kill you silently from behind.

11. There is a lot of spitting going on. Try to get out of the spit line.

12. Sometimes the price you are willing to pay for something is a lot higher than the asking price (and as a general rule: after an earthquake there is no bargaining).

12. Main dishes in Nepal are Momos and Dal Bhat.

First night in Dublin

We took the long way to go to Dublin since the direct flight would leave on the way back at 7am. Therefore we decided to pay more and travel longer, just to have a relaxed going home.

Leaving Vienna at 1pm made for a great start. The whole morning was in front of me, I finished packing, read the newspaper and did some washing. That the whole thing then turned super stressful was really the fault of the washing machine.
Never mind, with a bit a of luck I made it to the meeting point on the time and we boarded the plane eventually with a smile.IMG_8244
Even on the plane we still kept smiling since Lufthansa had way better service than expected. We changed planes in Frankfurt which included a terminal change that lead us through one very long and weirdly illuminated tunnel.IMG_8249
















And since most of our flight was in the direction of the sunset, I had to take a picture.


We arrived in Dublin with a bit of a delay due to foggy weather, something we know very well from Vienna. The airport looked small but well-organized and the Airlink bus, which we had to take to our hotel, was right outside. What I noticed right away, Dublin is a wifi capital. Starting immediately on the bus.IMG_8400

We got off at Christ Church Cathedral which was right next to our hotel, the Harding Hotel. Just 200m and then we could check in. And actually we didn’t get so far that evening. The Harding Hotel has a great pub downstairs and that’s were we regrouped for our first Guinness.









One Guinness turned into another

IMG_8267 and then the band started.

IMG_8274From that moment on there was no leaving anymore. We ordered our food and ate right next to the bar.
As usual no pictures, sorry it was too good and anyway it was too dark in there. But I have to be honest our first Guinness was a small one, called a glass. Which is very embarrassing because today we heard it’s just for girls…
Not that I am not a girl but actually we had two rounds of small beers trying different ales and stouts and eventually settling on Guinness, in pint size. It’s so good here.
Yours, Pollybert