We spent longer than we expected hanging out in Kathmandu. It was tough finding a reasonable flight out of Nepal that didn't go through India. We had already managed to make our way back to India after our trip to Sri Lanka, but with the new Visa rules, we didn't want to take the chance of not getting back in after spending the money on a flight.
So we had to look for an alternate route.
We finally found a flight out through Doha, Qatar but it wasn't leaving for almost a week. It wasn't enough time to go to Tibet and we had already done an epic trek and visited Pokhara for some shorter treks and mountain biking.
What else could we do?
We continued with relaxing.
If any of you have read our 10 Things we Hate about Traveling, you will know that we really hate cracked heel. We will be going to Europe very shortly and there is no way that I can be seen on the streets of Paris with Backpackers feet.
We enjoyed ourselves so much at the Himalaya Retreat Spa that we decided to go back for some more pampering. Dave draws the line at a pedicure, but I talked him into trying the Ion Foot Bath while I had my toes and heels taken care of.
If Dave wouldn't get a pedicure, at least he would have his feet soaking in hot water for 30 minutes pulling out the toxins that have built up in Central Asia.
We were warmly welcomed back and offered a 20% discount for being a return customer. There was one more thing however and they needed our permission to continue.
It turns out there was a photo shoot going on and they wondered if we would mind being on camera. What can I say, we do love attention and readily accepted the chance to be on TV and in their new pamphlets.
As we sat in our comfy chairs they snapped away taking photos. We were such hams that they decided to interview us as well. We have no idea where the interviews were airing, but I am sure they made it on T.V. because we gave the spa a glowing endorsement.
Back to the Ion Bath…
Dave was sure that he was going to get away with clear water. 20 minutes into the bath and it hadn't changed colour. Apparently the more toxic you are, the darker the water turns. He was feeling pretty confident and was mighty high on himself for being so pristine. That is until the final five minutes.
The water turned a nasty orangey-brown and beige bubbles started to form. Another woman was sitting across the room having some reflexology done and asked if Dave was a smoker. “Nope” he replied. “That is what happens when you spend 3 months in India's pollution.” Yuck.
A young girl was having the ion bath done beside Dave and he was praying that hers would turn too. Nobody wants to be the toxic leper sitting alone in the room. He was happy to see that even the young teenager's water turned at least to a deep yellow.
I wanted to try it myself, but I am sure that I would be black. I had been ill for months and one treatment wouldn't be enough to cure me. It would only be enough to make me depressed.
Instead, I had my toes painted with a bright coral nail polish, had my heels thoroughly buffed and cuticles trimmed to perfection. I can now go home and my feet can face my family and friends with confidence and pride.
Time is winding down in Asia but we are heading to Paris next week. We found some great rates to Paris from this travel agency, Liberty Travel. The adventures will continue in France but there may just be a little more pampering in the most romantic country on earth.