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Stuck in Nepalganj

ATM ate my card!

sunny 36 °C

Okay I got it back but missed my flight! Mr. B drove me the 3 hours to Nepalganj to catch my flight to Kathmandu in plenty of time - or so we thought! We had to find an ATM that accepted my bank card so I could pay him the balance of the safari. On the way through last week we had done the same with great difficulty - only managing to get some of the balance. The machines here have limits even if your bank doesn't. And having the Visa, Cirrus and Plus symbols on the ATM door really doesn't mean anything! So today we tried 12 machines including the one that worked for me last time. No luck but still time. Then my card got eaten as the machine I was using shut down completely. When it went back online, still no card. Even though it is Saturday and the banks are closed, there are security guards available. Thank goodness for that. Mr. B got the guard to call a bank employee to come with a key for the machine. In an hour. So we got on the phone to call Yeti airlines who graciously switched my flight to tomorrow morning which will allow me to connect with my Delhi flight. Once I retrieved my card (and two others!) I tried 6 more machines. No luck. I did have enough Indian rupees to pay Mr. B the balance and have enough left for a hotel for the night and taxi in the morning. With Nepalganj being a border crossing they accept Indian rupees or I would be sleeping at the airport I guess. Another disaster avoided. I love these countries where everything can usually be solved with a few phone calls.

So barring any issues tomorrow, I should be back in Delhi tomorrow night. Where I will ask immigration if I can reenter for the third time on a double entry visa after visiting Sri Lanka from Monday to Sunday. We shall see. My flight to Tanzania leaves from Delhi on the 13th so technically I am transiting.... And VisaHQ in Canada has assured me I can - haha! I will let you know in the next episode of Travels with Shelley! Think positive!

Posted by kelshell 17:02 Archived in Nepal

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That is so great hw people are so willing to go out of their way to help. Reaffirms the belief that there is usually so much good in people!
Take care and enjoy every moment!

by Carol

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