Maoists Take Over
Two days before returning to Kathmandu, we met a group of Germans who, after casually talking about hotels in Thamel, delivered some shocking news to us. Our favorite hotel, in which we had stored our luggage including our laptop with all of our pictures, has been shut down. Rumor has it that Maoists are trying to pressure selected hotels into replacing part of their staff with Maoists. Apparently our hotel owner refused and decided to shut down the hotel for the time being.
We are totally freaking out now not knowing whether our things have been carted off to some unknown location or are locked up inside indefinitely.