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Finally back in Kathmandu! Had to get a cab. Haggled the price down from USD5 to USD3 (hotel's a mere 5 minute drive away) but on the way out of the bus park the policeman on guard demanded 50 rupees (about USD0.50) from the driver for no reason, which of course I was expected to pay. Ridiculous. The cab driver could sense my unhappiness and tried to explain to me that that was just how things worked in Nepal. On hindsight I guess it's not his fault and I could have been nicer about it.

Thankfully at the hotel I got a great room (downright luxurious if compared to the accomodation of the past ten days), so that cheered me up a little.

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