Tri and I realized pretty quickly that we would need a car to get around Kathmandu and drive to work. After looking in a few car dealerships, we decided on a 2009 Hyundai Santro. Back in the US, we had a pretty bulky sedan that we liked alright, but I’m happy to have a smaller car this time around.
Cars are expensive in Nepal because the government considers them “luxury items” and accordingly taxes them at at 200-300%. Because this one is used, however, it was a bit cheaper, and we’re hoping to get most of the money back when we sell it.
The stick shift driving will take some getting used to, but Tri remembers a bit from when he started driving in Nepal six years ago, and I’m excited to finally learn.
The only slightly strange thing about the car is the loud computer voice that yells at you when you open the door. Unfortunately we don’t know what it’s saying because it’s set to Chinese. 🙂