Thursday Third Dispatch
Well after a good nights
sleep it was a freezing shower for those that were brave enough (only Kate
was stupid enough), and down to a hearty breakfast of omelettes, curried
potatoes and pancakes.
We headed down the hundreds
of steps that we were drudged up in the pitch black last night to the 4x4s,
and off to the Nepal/ Tibet border. After standing in torrential rain storm
for 2 hours we were finally issued with our exit visa after parting with
some extra cash to speed up the exit process, only then were we allowed pass
over the world famous Friendship Bridge.
As we entered Tibet there was an immediate difference in the living
conditions and not for the better, but unfortunately not in the conditions
of the roads, these were equally as poor as in Nepal.
While waiting, our luggage
was portaged across by what seemed like a few hundred men, women and
children. Vehicles are not allowed to pass over the bridge loaded; hence all
the loads were carried across (quite bizarre I must say). After being
carried the luggage was then transferred into two lorries, and we were
transported in 3 all terrain mini vans. These vans would be right at home on
the dirtiest farm lanes in Fermanagh! The road conditions went from bad to
worse as the last traces of concrete disappeared in the rear view mirror.
This road got continually worse until the vans got stuck and we all had to
get out to push, eventually arriving safely in Zhangmu and checking into
another five star hotel.
ah this mountaineering is a
Ps. Having been on Nepal
time for the past 3 days, we are now on Bejing time- whatever that is.
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