(Translates to "You'll regret not listening to old people.")
Back in Singapore I waved Mother Goh away dismissively when she told me to pack paracetamol. Now that it feels like I'm on fire these Po Chai pills are pretty much the only option I have - it's a miracle drug for food poisoning but the box says they work for fevers too. Let us hope so.
Fever has subsided to a manageable state. Could be paranoia, but I'm going to avoid seeing a doctor here if I can help it. Spent the whole morning in my hotel room writing postcards.
I've made my way to OR2K (pronounced "or 2 kay"), one of the top rated restaurants in Kathmandu on Tripadvisor. Nice, chill, all-around hipster interior. Just how hipster? Well, next to me is a monk sipping on espresso and working on his Macbook while listening to music on his iPhone 6. I have a hard time believing what I'm seeing, but I have photographic evidence.
OR2K's menu is entirely vegetarian (explains the presence of the monk). I would have gone for something heartier, but today I decide to behave like a reasonable sick person and order vegetable soup, couscous and a banana lassi. Even with my muted taste buds I can say that the food here is pretty tasty. Reliable wifi connection too. I can see why it's popular.
Wandered into a Japanese eatery that was empty and subtly walked backwards out of the place. Got luckier on my second try and entered a restaurant where there was one other patron. Seems like folks in Thamel aren't crazy over Japanese food.
Paid no heed to my cough and ordered the tempura udon set. The udon arrived looking very unusual indeed. The food tasted okay. Can't complain considering the whole set cost less than USD4.