|This was near the Bhat Bhateni in Patan. Love it.|
DAY 89 : Nepali Taxis Zzz
My fellow intern is so entertaining. I will definitely miss her when she leaves by the end of this week. Hopefully there'll be a few new interns at work by the time I get back from Tracing Nepal. The commute to work in the morning wasn't so pleasant. It gets really hot and sunny around 8.30/9.30AM in the morning which basically creates a very sweaty environment on the tempo and micro's! It's suffocating at times but I made the decision not to buy a scooter/bike so I just gotta put up with it. Besides, paying Nrs 40 all together to get from one side of the city to the other - I cannot complain. However, I do believe that Kathmandu needs better quality/standard of public transport - maybe premium buses or something? Charge more, for sure but provide a better service too. Don't cram 3 people in the seat for 2 etc.
Apart from work and all that, I headed out to Cafe Swotha in Patan to meet Subina Shrestha. She's the Nepal correspondent for Al Jazeera and has a pretty amazing body of work. I've been seeing her videos here and there since 2010 so it was lovely to finally sit down and get to know the person briefly. As our convo went on for quite a bit, we shifted to her house later on - her house is so beautiful! Very cute family too! I can't wait to build my own house... it'll be outrageous. Will just have to work hard and earn a lot muaharrrha!
As I was leaving Patan I decided to give Jenish a call to see if he was back in Kathmandu. He was. We briefly met for about ten minutes and then I hopped on a taxi and headed home. Oh wait. The taxi driver decided to add a couple on the same vehicle. I was pretty annoyed and told him not to but he wasn't listening. Anyways when I got to my chowk I basically explained to him that what he did was not cool therefore he won't receive a full payment from me so I paid only Nrs 400 to get from Patan to my side of the city - which is great. Now thinking back I'm like why did I react that way but it really pissed me off when the driver said, "eti paisa ma kina tapai esto garnu huncha, hamilai kasto garho huncha, petrol ko rate badeko cha etc" and I was just like "k yo hazaar rupiya mero haat ma chahi udera ayeko cha? Tapai matra kaam garnu huncha jasto lagcha? Basi basi paisa hamro goji ma ta audaina ni" I think that did it and he didn't argue anymore. Honestly I find it such a chore to get along with taxi drivers. The whole, jane ho, kati, kati diney, milamna and all. Wish somebody just introduced a whole new rule and uniform set price.
Lol anyways I got home. Peace out.