Tihar is one of the MANY Hindu festivals celebrated in Nepal. (Even the cab driver was comparing our lack of, to their surplus of holidays) So after doubling up on our teaching schedule, because the HINDU TEACHERS were off for 5 days, five westerners headed out to Lakeside for dinner – the tourist area of Pokhara. First to walk down the hill to the road and then wait for a bus or passing taxi... strolling along a bus pulled up and on board we went, some on the roof, some inside, all for the price of 10 rupees. About a mile down the road we were stopped by the police and the toppers were told to get down. They scrambled to get inside the already overcrowded bus and we continued to Harichowk. From there we hired a taxi with 4 in the back and 2 in the front, also illegal, but we got through with no problem, probably because we were Westerners.
Familiar with Lakeside we decided to stop for Espresso.
Actually a fairly clean, neighborhood squat, albeit when I closed the unlock-able door, there was not a thread of light. Thankfully there was a reward after all this.
On to picking up supplies, a little shopping and then meeting for dinner at Moon Dance Restaurant with a flair for serving western food...
...the pharmacy as everyone has been fighting a cold, except for me as I believe I developed some immunities from my last trip when I was very sick.
Ordered an embroidered hat from a lovely man at a tiny shop. Checked out his manual machine. Chatted some as his English was quite good, I paid for the hat and embroidery fixing the return time for after 6:00 PM.
Many dancing groups were in town for the celebration of Tihar, performing on the sidewalks.
We devoured Greek Salads with Feta, Bruschetta, Hot Lemon, Tandoori Chicken and for dessert some had Crepes with Bananas and Chocolate, while others had Ice Cream made from powered milk according to one set of taste buds.