A rare blog from: Anthonyslark@yahoo.co.uk
I’m not sure if I’ve posted this picture of Flocky before but never mind, it’s one of my favourites so I love using it. Do you like German Shepherds, Pooja ?
For those of you who have been wondering where I am, well I’m at home in Lisbon trying to recover from a spell of red eyes. I’m not really sure if the problem was caused by an infection or just by being a computer addict but my eyes are now much better and I’m online once more. I’ve discovered that pharmaceuticals are far more expensive in Portugal than in Kathmandu and even Bournemouth. I’ve been waiting for almost six weeks for a form S1 from the National Health Service in the UK so that I will be covered for any medical treatment here in Portugal. I hope the bureaucratic thing will arrive here soon. When we reach old age, lots of things start to go wrong and I’m no exception. I must say that I’ve had a remarkably healthy life though and rarely ever needed to consult a doctor.
This morning about 5 am when I was making porridge and chopped fruit, we were suddenly plunged into darkness. Wow that was a shock and in the darkness I spilled some of the porridge over my hand and onto the floor. I fumbled my way to wash my hands in the bathroom and went to find where I had left my mobile phone. I found a pack of candles in a kitchen cupboard so I had a little light to sit and eat my porridge in the kitchen. Now I should be well used to power cuts after all my time in Kathmandu where we sometimes had as many as sixteen hours cuts a day. But the cut this morning took me completely by surprise. The cut didn’t last too long mercifully and by 5:30 am I was watching the news from my favourite armchair in the sitting room.
This time last year I was preparing for my flight to Kathmandu and yesterday our niece Rasmi asked me for my arrival day. That has set me thinking and I will check some fares online today. I wish it wasn’t such a long journey or at least we had a direct flight from here. The journey involves two flights totalling around 13 to 13.1/2 hours of flying and some hours of transit in Istanbul Airport. I just don’t know whether to fly or leave it till later.
I’m going to get a shock when I get to Kathmandu because apparently there are houses being built all around ours. Luma and her sister Moti invested their life savings about thirteen years ago and bought a cheap plot of land in Satungal where they started constructing a family home. It turned out to be an incredible investment for them because land prices have hit the sky in Kathmandu these days. I saw the area first about eleven years ago and the whole area was beautiful, covered with lush green rice paddies and almost totally undeveloped. Fast forward to 2016 and the family has finished the house but unfortunately hundreds of other families also bought plots of land in the area and now it has become a concrete jungle, a town in itself and almost devoid of any greenery at all. The local people have ruined any green areas that remained by walking across the grassy places and turning the whole area into mud and garbage with construction waste. It’s so shocking what humans can do to a beautiful natural area.
We are almost ready to move to a much larger apartamento hete in Lisbon. We are renting this very tiny apartment but it is painfully small and we don’t have enough space to keep things. We have what must be the world’s smallest shower and the door is so small that we have problems getting in and out. Really ! When inside the shower it’s impossible to move so we have to be careful never to drop the soap hahaha. But this place served its purpose and provided a home when we desperately needed one. We were so incredibly grateful when we first found it.
I think I’m rattling on and I have no limit when I get going. It’s thundering too so maybe I should disconnect my laptop from the power socket. The TV too. I will go to see what I can make for lunch today; red fish or trout with french fries and salad is what I have in mind.