Monday, January 12, 2009

Holed Up In The ´Du


Nepal seems to be in the process of combustion. Tourists staying in Pokhara were being evacuated out of the town yesterday after a series of demonstrations and strikes, predominantly from people working in the tourist trade. Hotels and restaurants were forced to close their businesses. The strikers were claiming they were not receiving the new minimum wage - just over US$2 a day or $60 a month.

Even the capital city is now operating with just 6 hours of electricity a day, due to low water capacity.

I´m stuck in the ´Du as i await the arrival of my Indian visa (at least 5 working days!) and trying not to squander money unnecessarily.

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