It happened in Taiwan, it happened in Vietnam, it happened in Cambodia and yes friends, it has happened in Nepal. Believe me when I say that it’s through no fault of our own, but simply just that the vehicle gods of the universe are out to make sure we stay grounded and don’t let this incredible life we are living go to our heads.
To recap: In Taiwan, an electric scooter we rented ran out of battery, suddenly, in the absolute middle of nowhere. In Vietnam, the bus we caught broke down in the absolute middle of nowhere. In Cambodia, the tuktuk driver’s wheel got a hefty puncture in the middle of the pouring down rain and yes, you guessed it, in the middle of nowhere. And now, Nepal can be added to the list.
On the way back from Bhaktapur, my tyre went flat and Nepalese roads aren’t the roads you want to be driving with a flat tyre. And so, once again, in the middle of nowhere, we had to negotiate trying to explain the problem to locals with no language and absolutely no other solution. Of course, having this happen so many times, I’ve grown used to the fact that there is no use in panicking and that somebody is always going to help you eventually – which they did. We were back on the road again within half an hour of finding a roadside mechanic. Hopefully that’s enough for this trip…
(I wrote this post just before our trip to Pokhara where we got stuck on the road for two hours in a no AC bus. I guess hoping didn’t make a difference)
(Actually was four hours)
(That’s 12 hours in total)