Monday, 28 October 2019

Hyatt Regency (Kathmandu, Nepal)

I was looking forward to returning to the Hilton in Mumbai. While I enjoyed my stay at the Hyatt in Kathmandu (except for the unwelcomed rodent) I was looking forward to staying in a familiar place.

All went well through the boarding process. I met a woman in line who was visiting Nepal for the first time. Her husband passed away in January and she needed to get away and go somewhere that she and her husband talked about visiting. She was from Edmonton and we talked about the Rockies and the Cascade ranges in comparison to the Himalayan range.

We were very late taking off and arrived in Delhi close to when my connecting flight was boarding. The flight attendants said I would make my flight one way or another, which turned out to be true but I didn’t know that then. Their directions to making this possible was not correct.

After asking a number of people along the way to the baggage area I managed to pick up my suitcase and make my way to the where I go through the transfer connection process. I was amazed at how many people who work in the airport do not know how the transfer process works. It was a first time for me so now I know and will be ready for if this happens again.

The connecting flight was waiting for those of us who were delayed in Kathmandu. I would guess there were maybe 10 of us. Rather than taking off at 7:00 p.m. our flight left at 8:30. Thanks to a woman who created a hotspot for me, I was able to send a message to my driver in Mumbai.

I arrived in Mumbai a couple of hours later than planned, met my driver and was checked in and in my room by 11:00. Nice to have so many of the staff remember me. I ordered a bowl of their delicious mushroom soup from Room Service, drank a beer, and watched Star Trek. I was even able to get the room I had from two weeks ago.

Tomorrow I leave at 5:15 p.m. for my flight to Abu Dhabi. The hotel is okay with me staying in my room until 2:00.

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