So I have finally arrived in Kathmandu the capital of Nepal. Home to over one million people. The flight from London to Mumbai where I picked up my connecting flight was a good one. I was very impressed with Jet airways who I had not traveled with before. Very good service from the staff plus I had an empty seat next to me, only downside was I stupidly left my Ipad on the plane. It wasn't until I was going through the security check in at Mumbai had I realized what I’d done. Without thinking I ran back through security to the plane but it was not to be found. I later got in a lot of trouble for passing back through security after I had actually been cleared through. At the time I was furious with myself and thought how could I be so stupid. I suppose one person’s bad day is another person's good day. To cheer myself up I decided to buy a pizza and then found a place to go to sleep. There is only so much you can walk around an airport terminal spraying different eau du toilette on!
Whilst I was waiting for my next flight a young chap came and sat next to me. I had my laptop out at the time and he asked if I had managed to get the wifi working. We got chatting and it turned out he was from Nepal and traveling home to see his family. He didn't look Nepalese and spoke good English. It turned out he was living and working in London. He had just completed a masters in International Business. We were both on the same connecting flight to Kathmandu so traveled together for the rest of the way. Prior to boarding I had a very nice surprise. I was approached by a smartly dressed Jet Airways representative who asked what my name was. I told him and he said I have something for you. It was my Ipad! amazingly it had been found or handed in I’m not sure which one but it didn’t matter. He said you caused quite a lot of panic with the security guards when you ran back out to try and collect it. They wondered what you were up to all of a sudden. We laughed and joked about it and I went on my way.
When I got to Kathmandu it was the usual face I've seen before, Rajan of Himalayan Guides who had come to pick me up. The hotel I was planning to stay in was full so Rajan took me to another one. At $10 a night its pretty good value for money apart from very cold showers!
I will be flying to Lukla where the journey starts for Ama Dablam on the morning of the 3rd Nov so I have today and tomorrow here in this fantastic city! Any suggestions on things to see send them over? Also can anyone tell me what Ama Dablam stands for in Nepalese?
I’ve already been out and about getting some photos so I’ll share them with you all over the next 24 hours. I am out here climbing Ama Dablam in preparation for my global Pushing Limit Project next year and also raising funds and awareness for my charity the ELIFAR Foundation. If you could spare a pound to put on my justgivivng site that would be fantastic and greatly appreciated! http://www.justgiving.com/James-Ketchell
I’d like to say hi to all the children at the schools I've been visiting recently. Keep an eye on the website as we are launching a new page which will be specifically for schools.
Also for anyone who is not sure where Katmandu is check out this link. http://www.findmespot.com/mylocation/?id=AEinL
Out for now